Incubating Eggs and Other Farm News

I have been desperately trying to hatch turkey eggs since our tom died.  But on Sunday the jenny on the left abandoned her nest of eggs.  She wasn’t very good at setting on it as every day there were eggs outside the nest she was no longer setting on.  I daily grabbed those eggs and put them in the incubator so on Sunday I gave up and put the rest in.  Here she is being reintroduced to our other jenny.


I have also been putting some turkey eggs under this goose with some goose eggs.  I doubt this will work, but figured it was worth a try.

And here is my incubator full of eggs.  I tried to candle them with my flashlight but couldn’t see the turkey eggs well.  It worked well with the chicken eggs and some turkey eggs I could tell weren’t fertile, but others were dark inside and I couldn’t tell the status.  So I have ordered a real candler which will come on Monday.

I am so glad I spared the two Turken hens last year.  Because one of them in setting a nest of chicken eggs.  She is doing a great job.

And today this hen was acting broody.  I hope she is.

In other farm news, I caught these photos of a bee on a dandelion bloom on Monday.  I loved the bright orange pollen on its legs.

I watched this Great Blue Heron fly low over me and then land on this tree top.  I am always amazing at the grace of these awkward appearing birds.

Yesterday Tom bought a new (to him) car.  And here is the car.  Tom is thrilled.

Ryeleigh likes it too!

For dinner this evening I am enjoying Spring Pie with Asparagus and Smoked Salmon.  I didn’t make the pie shell, just the filling in a pie pan sprayed with olive oil.  Here it is before baking.  Isn’t it pretty?

And here it is afterward.

It is quite yummy, and we are rooting for the Kraken with dinner.

There was also a pre-dinner Tulip cocktail.  It was really nice as well.

It is a springy menu this evening.  Go Kraken!!!!

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10 Responses to Incubating Eggs and Other Farm News

  1. Your spring pie and cocktail look delightful!
    Good luck on the hatching!

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Dorothy! And I need the luck.

      • I have a funny poultry egg story. My girlfriend raised chickens and ducks and often took in stray birds, ducks and geese that were wounded, etc. Someone gave her a turkey named Ernest who was deemed unfit for the Thanksgiving table. Somewhere along the way, he evolved with a too-large breast and could not walk well.
        My friend nursed him, made him a lovely little spot to recline, cleaned up after him, and made him well.
        One day, she was cleaning out his little nest and found an egg! It seems that Ernest had a little sexual confusion and didn’t know he was a lady turkey.
        Ernest kept laying lots of eggs, and she supplied me many at my B&B. Quite a delight, since no one had ever even thought of the words turkey and eggs together!

      • Donna says:

        That’s a cute story! Did she change his/her name?

      • No, she kept his original name, she was confused enough.

      • Donna says:

        That’s funny.

  2. Chloe says:

    The pie looks yummy! I brought in a small mess of rhubarb and made sauce. It was perfect on my chicken!
    I was always amazed at how the bees could fly with such a big load of pollen. Those are terrific pictures.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Chloe. I should make chicken with rhubarb sauce too. So good!they can carry a lot of pollen. The photos were just with my phone so I was surprised how well they turned out.

  3. Jeanne says:

    Your photos are great! I didn’t know that a Great Blue Heroin would fly up to the top of a big tree! We have them in our area, have never seen any in a tree!

    We got a chuckle when reading the story about Ernest! So funny!

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