Okay, so Everetts name comes from George Clooneys character in O' Brother Where Art Thou? If you haven't seen this movie you should. Did you know it was paralleled to The Odyssey? The sirens are in there, the Cyclops, all of that. Pretty neat. Anyway, Mosie says her Dads name was Everett too...and I just like the name...the way it sound when you say it...with a southern accent...Ev-rett. LOL
I was browsing through Browneggblueegg.com..looking to see if any new Poultry shows had been listed for Georgia. I saw listed for October 20th a show in what I found out was HAMILTON, and was not the Chattahoochee Valley Poultry Association hosting, but a similar club. The printing in the Poultry Press was quite a mess from what the man told me that I contacted inquiring about it. They had put Hamlington, and when I looked it up not knowing where Hamlington was...there was no such place, well no wonder, it was Hamilton, GA. I can get there straight shot down Hwy 27 in a couple of hours. The date is very close to Shelbys birthday though...so I am not sure I will go. I still called the contact number to find out details and have them send me a brochure and an entry form, just in case I decide to show. He told me that some guys were trying to revive the club as many older members had passed away and the club kind of fell apart. I thought that was wonderful. We don't have a lot of Poultry shows here in Georgia for some reason. You can look in some other states and they have a whole list of shows all through the year just about. So anyway, the original show that I go to held by the CVPA in Newnan is still on...this one is a whole seperate entity. They will also have a sale barn section...and that always makes me want to go...always like to come home with something special. Like that is what I need, another chicken! ;)
I have put away my incubator for the year. I told everyone that. I had two Serama hens bent on sitting on some of their eggs. Well fine. I have given all but one of my Serama chicks from this years hatch away anyway. So what the hay. Do you know that in the four years I have had birds, I have never let anyone sit and hatch their own. There is something magical about this process. Now, I did let Dorothy, my silkie hen sit on a few Serama eggs to hatch for me, but I took the babies away soon as they hatched and sent her back out with the masses out in the yard, so that doesnt really count.
Well, those two Mamahens did good. They hatched out two babies...which is good because apparently the mortality rate is high with this breed when attempting to hatch. Whether it be from an incubator or a hen sitting. I found one baby dead, didn't make it. I found one egg partially hatched with a baby still alive in it. Something was wrong with its eye...I saw that right away...mother nature knows...but I tried to save it anyway. I took it in the house and got it out of the shell, put it under a heat lamp and hoped for the best. It didnt make it...but I had to try.
So, we are left with two very healthy little ones and I just left them in the pen with the Mamas and the Proud Daddy. It was so neat to see the Mamas coaxing the babies to eat and drink. The babies took right to the water and food with no hesitation. I do have to empty out the waterer a couple of times a day as the parents still scratch up lots of dirt and cake up the water. I can't raise the feeder and waterer off the ground like I do for the adults...the babies won't be able to reach. I sat and watched all the action for a long time. It was so neat to watch them all doing their thing.
Here are some pictures of them all...
See the two babies above?
Proud Daddy with a watchful eye.
Watchful attentive mamas.
Mama showing baby food to eat...scratched out of the feeder.
You cant help but smile when you see it all. :)