Last year, we were just
figuring out incubation, so we raised 13 chicks starting in late April,
6 chicks starting in mid May, 9 chicks starting in mid June, and 14
chicks starting in late August. Since we kept out eleven chickens
whom we gave to my brother), that left us with 33 heirloom-size
broilers in the freezer by the end of the year. The frozen
meat was just barely enough to get us through.
This year, we kept back
one cockerel to replace our
rooster, but devoted
the rest of our two spring flocks to the freezer. As a result,
we’ve already put away 30 birds, and our last incubator run — due to
hatch in early September — will be icing on the cake.
we’re still not taking any chances. I thought I’d worked all of
the kinks out of my incubation technique by the time I wrote Permaculture
Chicken: Incubation Handbook…then I accidentally
unplugged the turner and had to start over during our last hatch.
So this time around, I’ve taped both the incubator and turner plugs
into their sockets and am quite confident I won’t think they’re
anything else when I mess around with the power strip.
Here’s hoping we’ll have
another great hatch and plenty of delicious meat to eat this winter.
disease-resistant option for chicks from day 1.