Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Aliens in our eggs!

Ok, they are not really aliens, and they are not really "our" eggs. Quite the opposite of aliens, really- something that is growing right where it is meant to grow- baby chickens in our chickens' eggs!

Yes, exciting and bizarre. We have 2 broody hens again, and determined, broody hens + soft-hearted owners = baby chicken experiment 1.0. WF is in charge of this one, and made a home-made candler a couple days ago. We weren't exactly sure what we were seeing, but then the MOVEMENT inside the eggs convinced us that things were developing nicely. (YEEK!) It's been just over a week that the hens have been sitting on these eggs. Things were not very clear, but there's definitely something in there! Both amazing and a bit creepy at the same time.

Those are the same type of eggs we eat on a regular basis, fertile thanks to the remaining rooster, kept from developing by being stored in the refrigerator. Bizarre to see them moving on their own! One of my semi-regular, yet slighly egg-phobic egg customers did NOT welcome my amazed description of the egg's efficient development in just over a week. Ah, life!

So, wish us luck with this experiment. More soon!

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