It has been over a year and a half since we began our chicken experiment. It has been a year and a half since we found ourselves needing to buy eggs. There have been a few times when we came close to needing to, times when we had given away surplus to friends and family and then needed some to make cheesecakes and such things. So far the hens have always seemed to supply our demand, until now.
A couple of them have gone off lay due to them going through moulting. It is natural, and they should start to lay again in a couple of weeks, but this is not why we needed to buy eggs. We bought
half a dozen a certain amount of eggs because our hens have no cockerel. No cockerel means no possibility of them ever producing little chicks. So, for the next phase of our chicken experiment we have purchased half a dozen a certain amount of fertile eggs which were just posted to us.
Our hens are hybrids and are in no way likely to go broody and raise the hatch or raise the chicks themselves. Instead, we have opted for an incubator. If all goes well it means we will be able to watch them hatch in about twenty one days.
I could not resist telling my students the good news and they all seemed interested in the idea of little fluffy Easter chicks. That is, until I told them we were raising them with the main intention of eating* them. They did not like that at all. I assured them that I would not eat them while they were fluffy and cute, but would instead wait until they were older and uglier. That did not help.
Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
*probably only the cockerels