Electric Bill

Finally, last week, we got our first correct electric bill.  Remember that we had the panels installed the end of April and then the deregulation took effect on May 1 and somewhere, between the TDO and REP, it was quite an ordeal to get the meter read correctly so that we were given credit for our excess power that went back to the power company.

The bill we got in August had so many charges and credits and charges and credits that we weren’t sure what was happening. I believe they have finally figured it out and this is the amount we owe in September for our August usage.

Electric Bill

Electric Bill

The bill we got in September, 2012 which was for our August usage, was $274 and the bill we got in September 2013 for our August usage was $239 so I’m real happy that this bill is $62.86.

I had talked so much about the solar panel installation and then the problems with the billing and I wanted to report that all is well and we’re happy with the solar panels!

Welcome, Little Chicks!

The egg that had pipped and I stuck it under the other sitting hen has hatched and we have a little yellow baby!

Another Baby

Another Baby

When I went back out there during the afternoon yesterday, this silkie was off the nest and Della was on the nest! I love how they share responsibility.

One of the eggs in the incubator had pipped yesterday morning and all day I kept watching it. By the time we left last night to go to a dinner get together, there was a good sized hole in the shell and the little chick was just a squawking. It’s so hard not to help them but they say not to so I didn’t.

When we got home, we had a noisy little baby chick!

Another One!

Another One!

As soon as it gets daylight, I’ll take him out there and stick him under the sitting hen and she’ll think another one of her eggs hatched and she’ll do all the hard part . . keeping him warm and introducing him to the other chickens.

They are so cute and so fun to watch at this age. 

Eggs in the Incubator

Tell me why in the last post I said we do not need any more chickens, but yet I have eggs in the incubator?

Abandoned Eggs

Abandoned Eggs

These are the eggs the mama chickens left behind. Four babies hatched and survived and they left the nest on about Day 3 and found a snug spot in the corner of the coop. I can see why . . it was probably not very comfy sitting on all those eggs! 

Vince wanted to put them in the incubator and I said NO! We do not not any more chickens. (I have that line down!)  The mamas were off the nest all day Sunday but it was warm enough. They got back on the nest Sunday night but got back off Monday morning. Then I noticed one of Pearl’s eggs (the only full size chicken in that coop) had pipped. I grabbed it and stuck it under the white chicken who’s sitting.

Another Sitting Hen

Another Sitting Hen

She has too many eggs under her too but I couldn’t let that little chicken make his way out of the egg and then sit in the nest and die so . . he’s probably hatched by now, which may or may not cause her to abandon her eggs once one egg hatches and no others hatch. We’ll see.

Back to the eggs under the black chickens . .

Yesterday I thought . . I just can’t let all those babies in the eggs that have already developed just sit there and die so I gathered them all up and candled them with an LED flashlight.

Viable Eggs

Viable Eggs

That’s about 18 eggs that had potential to hatch. No doubt after having been let unattended for so long, all of them won’t hatch . . maybe none of them will but at least I’m giving them a chance.

Duds

Duds

These showed no activity so I pulled them all out. They either weren’t fertilized or just never developed, or were laid in the past couple of days but they won’t go in the incubator.

Just this past weekend, we talked about reducing our chicken population. Sure doesn’t look like we’re headed in that direction, does it?