|Ready for hatching|
I have set some Bresse Gauloise and Ixworth eggs in a small incubator it takes 24. I don 't really want a lot of chicks too early in the year this is to test their fertility for buyers of hatching eggs.
After six days its possible to see if the eggs have developing embryos by examining them with a bright light. This is "candling" the "clear" infertile eggs are bright and transparent , the fertile ones show a network of blood vessels, the developing embryo.
|Ignore the humidity reading (57) the eggs have just been set,|
it will be normal (45) after a few hours
The Ixworths are one of our rarest breeds and because the population is small inbreeding and resulting infertility are common; so much so that I have started afresh with Ixworths by crossing two distinct strains bred by Fergus Morrison. the result of crossing the two different but slightly inbred strains should be a good degree of "hybrid vigour" and high fertility in the next generation.
I only have one male and one female Ixworth, a pine marten killed the other hen. If you want try rearing one of the UK's rarest breeds You can have six eggs. They'll take a week to collect and are two pounds each plus postage.
There's more information on Ixworth and Bresse poultry on the blog page, March 2013.