March 28, 2013 | One Comment

(A little disclaimer:  I am a stickler for detail.  You can hatch eggs without all the record-keeping and weighing.  Just follow the guide for temperature and humidity if this all seems way too complex.) Get Ready! – The week before incubation If you are new to incubating, you will want to start preparing about a… Read more »

March 20, 2013 | No Comments

Brooder shed 1

I’ve raised several batches of chicks in cardboard box brooders in my garage.  But for the first time, this batch of chicks will be raised in the special brooder area that Mr. Fix-It built onto our big coop.  There are several reasons for the move, but primarily because I worry when he is working on something… Read more »

March 12, 2013 | One Comment

Candling Station

Over the weekend, I candled and weighed all our eggs so I wanted to share how I do that and what I found out.  Here are my printable record sheets and candling/weighing instructions, if you need a copy. I always expect to lose lots of eggs at the first candling because not all the eggs… Read more »

March 5, 2013 | One Comment

Incubation-Weigh eggs

My eggs are perking away in the incubator now, but I thought I’d show you how I get ready to incubate. I printed off my Incubation Record Sheets.  I always number my eggs so I can keep track of weights and candling observations.  This time I am hatching several groups of eggs that I want… Read more »

February 18, 2013 | 5 Comments

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I wrote this as I sat at Union Pines Surgery Center waiting for Mr. Fix It to get his knee worked on a few weeks ago (torn cartilage, no big deal). I didn’t post it then because I just wasn’t sure that I should. I’m not sure that I should now. I’m praying that nobody… Read more »

January 16, 2013 | 3 Comments

Stamping - Finished

I’ve been wanting to try making my own stamped jewelry for quite some time.  I have received a few items from The Vintage Pearl as gifts and LOVE them.  But my budget doesn’t really allow for jewelry purchases right now.  So what’s a girly girl to do?  Make it herself, of course! Recently I stopped… Read more »

January 8, 2013 | No Comments

New Years Bed

I realize that you think I am late – but actually I am right on time – for me. When I was a kid my Nanny often said “The best laid plans…” when something didn’t go quite right.  That has been my theme since Christmas day.  I’d intentionally taken the month of December off from… Read more »