Some time ago, after hoping in vain that our hens would go broody and produce chicks, my husband resolved on making an incubator. Since we really had no experience, he picked up an experimental batch of five eggs from the coop - which, after twenty-one suspense-filled days, all hatched yesterday!
A close-up shot of one who is, so far, my personal favorite (although they are all very cute).
We all enjoyed very much watching the hatching process, which is simply fascinating; a crack appears in an egg shell, then little bits of shell fall off, until a really big crack appears and cheeping can be heard... and then, voila! A chick crawls out of the shell, tired of all the efforts of coming out, and bedraggled-looking - but a couple of hours later, he is magically transformed into a cute, fuzzy creature. You can imagine the girls' delight at seeing such miracles!
Also, last night we received notice that my sister-in-law had had a baby - a girl whom we are yet to meet, but who will be, beyond a doubt, beloved by all whose life she touches, starting from her Mama, Papa, and her two brothers and three sisters who were all eagerly anticipating her arrival for many months.
Later this week, perhaps even tomorrow, when I have a little more time, I hope to sit down and write in detail exactly how my husband made the incubator. We are all very proud of his endeavours.