- Beth Tharp
The Hatch 🐣
Greetings from the farm!
Spring on our family farm is full of planning, excitement, and new life. You may be aware that our daughters, the third generation to care for this family farm, have their own egg business. Many of you have supported their endeavors through purchasing their eggs either with your meat order, or by stopping by and grabbing some off of the porch at the self serve refrigerator.
Last year, for our oldest daughter's birthday we gave her an incubator. She successfully hatched one chick last year, but had big plans for this spring. After waiting until the mother required start date of March, she paired her Americana rooster with a select few hens to produce fertilized eggs. Then, researching the correct temperature and humidity settings for her eggs, a Chicken Egg Incubation chart was created (see below). I was proud of her efforts to record her data, manage the incubation settings, and faithfully turn her eggs twice a day.
And then...an excitement like Christmas morning erupted in our house as the first chicks started to peck their way through! The verdict is still out on if they are hens (hopefully!) or roosters, but they are well loved and taken care of. They have a lot of growing before joining the rest of the flock.
Everyday I am thankful for the opportunity to share these experiences with our children. Growing up on a farm is a special opportunity I know. Thank you for the continued support of our family farm!