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{Photo of the Day} 04.02.2015

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The tarp cover for the top of the pen did not make it through the windy snowstorm that hit us last night. The flock ended up staying in the barn all day. When I got home to put them up for the night, I had a small freak out because Odysseus was not in the coop or the fenced off area or on top of the pen. Thankfully, he was just on the outside of the coop where I couldn’t see him.

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3 eggs today, but one cracked while I was collecting them. I had to crawl into the pen & coop before putting the flock up for the night to collect the last two eggs of the day. This is not something I like to do because it works the hens up & that in turn gets Odysseus worked up. Unfortunately, I didn’t really have a choice. To make matters more difficult, two hens were already roosted for the night before I started crawling in. As I was crawling in, the other two worked their way in, shortly followed by Odysseus. Got a little crowded & Dude decided he was not happy with my taking the eggs & attached my hands. I dropped the eggs as a result & one got cracked. Since I can’t save a cracked egg for hatching, I decied to crack it all the way open & try once again to decipher the egg yolk. I wish I had had my phone with me so I could have taken a picture of that yolk. It had the most perfect bullseye of fertilization that I’ve ever seen.

Odysseus is mating successfully with the hens!

This is exciting for me because everything I’ve read or been told about Sebrights is that they have problems with fertility. I didn’t think I’d be incubating any viable eggs from my flock. Surprise! I feel so proud of my little flock, like I had anything to do with them doing what chickens do.

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