Just over a week ago I received a dozen Light Sussex eggs through the post. They were from an 'online friend', a very experienced breeder whose Light Sussex I couldn't resist. I had planned to concentrate on hatching only from my own birds this year but the photos of his Light Sussex were superb and on all accounts their laying ability excellent. I never have enough eggs to sell at the gate, especially when collecting from the breeding pens for hatching, so good layers are always a welcome addition to the flock.
The eggs arrived beautifully and securely packed, however despite all his efforts one egg was still chipped. Fortunately the broody hen is an Indian Game and 10 eggs is her maximum( it was so difficult choosing which egg not to set ! )
Today, on day 8 I candled the eggs. 2 were clear, another 2 I'm not too sure of. But most worrying of all many of the air sacs appear to be ruptured, most probably due to rough handling by the Post Office. There was nothing more that could be done to secure the eggs for transport that hadn't been done and I rested the eggs for a good 24 hours before setting them under the broody, so now it is an anxious wait until hatch day. I have had eggs with ruptured air sacs hatch before so not all is lost, I may yet have a few stunning birds to add to next years laying flock.
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or phone: 01548 856311 and I will get back to you as soon as possible Hatching eggs sometimes available - collection only
Like generations before, we have for many years kept a few hens to provide us with a fresh supply of the tastiest eggs with deepest yellow yolks imaginable. Over time we have increased our numbers and now run small breeding flocks of Exchequer Leghorns, Gold Duckwing Welsummer, Partridge Welsummer and a mixed flock of traditional heavy breed birds to provide us with both meat and eggs.
We believe in caring for our birds in the most natural way possible, giving them all plenty of space to run free and mostly hatch and rear the young naturally using broody hens.