Well things have moved on nicely. The five chicks are still going strong with feathers appearing all over the place.

One of them in particular has amazing long banded wings and a good set of tail feathers too. We’ve moved them on from the original brooder box to something slightly bigger but it seems no matter how much space you give them its trashed within about 5 minutes. In a couple of weeks time they’ll have to vacate their spot in the nice snug bathroom and move to the porch to make way for the new lot. Have you ever had a bath while being watched by  chickens? Its a very surreal experience and as this blog develops into the touching story of a couple and their bathroom chickens it won’t come as much of a surprise when we’re approached for the film rights of Bathes with Chickens with the inevitable commercial Radox tie in.

Remember Pingu from last week? Here he is now.

Anyhow, as I mentioned, the new lot. A couple of days after this lot hatched we loaded the incubator up to the gunnels with eggs. Like a couple of over excited kids who had been given the keys to the sweet shop we couldn’t wait to start the whole thing again, and we did, with gusto! Only limited by the space in the incubator and the huge rack of eggs on the shelf we set the wheels in motion again. Of course buoyed by our success we decided to push the envelope slightly and armed with six duck eggs given to us by a neighbour because she didn’t have 45p in change we bunged them into an incubator as well. Duck eggs have slightly different incubation requirements to chickens and they take a full 28 days to hatch so they should arrive a week after the chickens have finished but even with a weeks hiatus between hatchings its going to be busy and we’ll need more brooding equipment. And a bigger bathroom.

Eight days have passed since then and the home made candler has been back in action. To be honest the brown hen eggs are still a bit of a bugger to candle but we’re getting our eye in more and more as time goes on but the duck eggs are a doddle. Big, white and fully visible you’d be hard pushed not to see whats going on. And going on it is. So for all of you, like us, who have never seen through an incubated egg we made a little video. Its very short and I apologise for the focus wandering but the camera was never designed for filming a single illuminated object in a pitch dark room from about 6 inches away. We hope you enjoy it because to us its an incredible insight into the amazing development of a simple thing we all take for granted. The egg.