It's that time of year again: time to start the incubator. My Mom always laughs at me for having all those chicks in my basement in January, but in the middle of a cold Wisconsin winter it becomes my sanity some days. The timer has been set for a trek out in the cold to check for fresh, still warm chicken eggs every 45 minutes or so throughout the late morning/early afternoon in the hopes of getting enough to fill the trays in the next few days. This year we have all Light Brahma's; other years we have had a little bit of various breeds of chickens. The Brahma's have been my favorite with their brown eggs, beautiful plumage and feathery feet, so they won out when we were scouring the chick adds nearly a year ago.
The other babies that we are looking forward to soon are the goat babies. I knew this would be a tough winter to get through anyway, so I purposely planned for January babies as a diversion. But January didn't seem so cold in August. Five of our older does are due mid-month, and are looking appropriately plump. They are enjoying back rubs and petting, which is a pretty good indication that the dates are correct. The younger does will be due in March and April, and will be our first kids sired by Jacob from Brenda's farm. Brenda's does are all due starting in just a week, so be sure to check back on her often. If you are anxious for new kids now, check out Tonia's new little ones. Her buck is a brother to our Jacob, so I will be excited to see if we get some of those spots, too.