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Saturday, March 28, 2009


Passing through Acton Trussell below the next overnight stop will be Penkridge and from past experience i know the market is not only large with 200 stalls it also has an indoor auction of well just about everything and an outside auction of eggs & small livestock.
The following pictures show some of the outside auction items, thought these might be better than pictures of the general stalls as we all know what they look like.

Education as well a female ferret is called a gill........I didn`t know.

Eggs of all kinds for sale including Goose, Duck, Quail etc and some labelled for hatching, now me being a townie well ok so now i`m a water gypsy, i thought eggs had to be kept warm to hatch so something else to read up on, where i`m gonna find time to do all this studying beats me as i seem to have a full time job as a roving canal reporter.

Right that's caught up a little bit more and talking of catching up Mike Perham on his round world solo trip is near Australia. Check him out.


Brian and Diana on NB Harnser said...

Eggs for hatching would be fertile eggs, I.E. they had a cock running in the flock. They would probably be true bred and of a known variety. Eggs you buy in the shops are normally not fertile because the egg producers don’t want cockerels, they don’t lay eggs, eat food and sometimes you get blood spots in the eggs when they are fertile. If you buy eggs form a smallholding or someone who keeps a few hens then they probably will be fertile.

You asked about keeping eggs ward.
A bird normally lays a clutch of eggs before they start to sit and incubate them, in the case of a Black Bird its only 4 eggs, laid at a rate of 1 a day so they are only 4-5 days old when she starts to sit on them. If you consider a chicken or a Pheasant then they could well lay 14-20 in a clutch before they start sitting, so they could be 3 weeks old before she starts to sit and provided they don’t suffer a frost they are fine.
Once the bird starts to sit, she has to stick with it, only getting off the nest a couple of times a day to eat and have a scratch round. Now is the time that if the eggs chill they could well be lost, the hen has to turn the eggs on a regular basis and also maintain the correct humidity in the nest.

Les Biggs said...

Thanks for that Brian, i did read some bits off the net but your explanation is shorter and clearer.
Never to old to learn.

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs