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Incubating chicken eggs part 5 - Moving chics to brooder

Incubating chicken eggs part 5 - Moving chics to brooder

We moved the chics to the brooder the day after the hatch.  Sadly the other two eggs mentioned in this video did NOT hatch.  Not sure why.  They had pecked one hole but didn't get any further.  I opened the eggs and found fully developed chicks inside.  The only think I can think of is that these eggs got jostled and rolled around as the other chics hatched.  Maybe that dissoriented them?

Incubating chicken eggs part 4 - THE HATCH!

Incubating chicken eggs part 4 - THE HATCH!

It was hatch day yesterday and so far 4 out of 6 eggs have hatched.  Check out this awesome video!

Incubating Chicken eggs - Part 3 (Candling)

Incubating Chicken eggs - Part 3 (Candling)

I just candled my eggs and found that 6 out of the remaining 11 eggs are viable.  Not that great of an average really but it's what I have to work with.  When you candle eggs look for a dark shadow that moves around as you rotate the egg.  Also look for blood vessels criss crossing the shell.  We're just a day or two away from the hatch!

Bees - Dead!

Bees - Dead!

Sadly my bees did not make it through the winter.  It's hard to say exactly why.  Perhaps they were weak or diseased or perhaps the queen did not lay enough eggs to replace their numbers.  Maybe they just couldn't generate enough heat?  It's a major blow to me but I think I will try again!

Homemade Fish Fry!

Homemade Fish Fry!

I made fish sticks for my family the other night and though it would be a good video for Nate's Kitchen so I documented the process on video!  I'm using about a pound of cod for this recipe but any firm, white fish will do.  Enjoy!

Welcome Spring By Starting a Container Garden

Welcome Spring By Starting a Container Garden

The M.O.G. is excited to embark on a new adventure this spring by documenting the process of planting an organic vegetable garden (in containers) for the first time. Maybe it will inspire a few of you to plant your own gardens as well! To view the original post, complete with the links to additional resources, go to http://mymogblog.com/starting-a-container-garden/

Now, just so we are all clear, we are not what anyone would consider "gardening experts." To be honest, gardening seemed like another language… until we started doing some research and realized how simple and enjoyable it can be. We checked out a few websites including “Successful Container Gardens” by the University of Illinois Extension, and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension where they have some really helpful videos on container gardening that walked us right through the process.