Java Chickens and hatching eggs
I received an email from Superior Farms. They do have the Black Java chicks I ordered and they will be shipped the last week in April or the first week in May. I ended up ordering 12 straight run chicks.
My neice was over the other day and she was talking about hatching eggs this year, she wants some of her own chickens. Years ago we used to borrow incubators from the co-op extension. After calling all the local counties discovered for some reason they don’t do this any more. I was disappointed to hear this, many children are now going to miss out on this experience.
So for her birthday I ordered an incubator and 12 Bantam White Crested Polish (for her) and 12 Black Java (for me) hatching eggs. They are headed to her house to be hatched. I would like to hatch the eggs here so my Granddaughter could be part of the experience on a daily basis but I know (from my own experience) the success rate for shipped hatching eggs to be very low. I checked my 3 ring binder (see how handy it is) and the last year we hatched eggs- out of 24 only 8 hatched. We will see how these do and if still available after the first batch is hatched I will bring the incubator here and order more eggs for Daisy to hatch here at the house.
I had said in my last post about the Java chickens I didn’t want to hatch eggs especially such a special breed as the Java. I still don’t think using the Java eggs to relearn this skill a wise choice but will give it a try and see how we do. I may be sorry later.
Hatching eggs is really a simple process. You need to regulate the humidity and temperature inside the incubator and turn your eggs 4-5 times a day at the same time each day. 3 days before your hatch date you need to again adjust the humidity and stop turning the eggs then watch and wait…. There are specifics to this process but this is the basics. Search the web to find more information if you are interested, there are many great sites out there with great information.
I’m checking the mail each day for our package.