I went to visit the Mother Duck and was pleased to see that she had a few of her incubators running.
"Mother Duck" is the amazing woman who started the NH/VT Silver Appleyard Preservation Project last year and gave me my 2 beloved Appleyard Ducks.
This year the plan is to hatch more eggs and spread the ducklings to new owners near and far.
Her home is filled with Ag Art and lots of chicken stuff.
She set 2 of her Buff Goose eggs in the incubator yesterday to test the fertility.
She has her 20 egg incubator warmed up and ready to put some duck eggs in it.
As a dedicated preservationist she is traveling down to Florida to take a sex identification class so she can differentiate between male and female ducklings at a very young age (2 days old).
This will eliminate all the guessing that we went through last year.
My plan is to find 2 female Appleyards to bring home to my boys and...
Mother Duck is letting me borrow a small incubator to hatch a few eggs out myself to help increase the rate of hatch this year.
All the 2012 female ducklings are now beautiful adult egg laying ducks, many with handsome drakes in their flock so there will be lots of different egg sources this year.
Mother Duck purchased Silver Appleyard eggs from all over the USA last year, so we have a very diverse genetic population to chose from for this spring.
I will keep you all posted on the progress of this unique project.
Are any of you planning to raise some minor breed flowl or livestock this year?
Got an incubator ? What kind ?