This has been my little surgery-recuperation spot, with a rocking chair, reading material and incubators close at hand. Currently I am (finally) reading SJWs Always Lie, which I received as a birthday gift this year, as well as Storey’s Guide to Raising Turkeys, in anticipation of 15 Midget White poults due to arrive in June.
Also, Domestic Geese by Dr. Chris Ashton has been invaluable as I learn to hatch the notoriously challenging-to-incubate Pilgrims.
I purchased some extra Pilgrim eggs on eBay from a farm in Missouri. Although the seller packaged them well, the post office seriously mishandled the box, crushing one side and breaking one of the eggs, which leaked all over.
The problem with this is that fertile eggs have an air cell within them that can be damaged if they are jarred and jostled too hard. Though the remaining eleven eggs are not cracked, there’s little chance of them developing if the air cells are damaged.
Here is the progress on Abigail’s eggs that I put in the other incubator about 12 days ago:
It is still a longshot that we will actually be able to hatch any goslings, but so far everything is moving in the right direction with Abigail’s eggs. Now that the weather is warming up, we have stopped collecting the eggs she is laying in hopes of enticing her to sit on a clutch and hatch them the old-fashioned way!