Frantz, wow!!! Whooda thunk eh? Did you brush your teeth that morning, hee, hee, just kidding. Dry eggs are so slippery, I know what you are saying. But, now I have learned a lesson from you for sure, that is a good thing. This is going to be an exciting year with my incubator, I have it in the house now, getting ready to clean up and steralize to get ready for when I begin to incubate eggs.
I was reading on the internet about two species of chickens. I have 2 Austrolorp hens and I love them, man are they nice, they look beautiful and they are so friendly.
Good things about the Australorp I liked to hear. They are great for egg laying, can lay up to 250 per year.
I was also reading about the Buff Orpington, seems like their average for a year is about 160. They are significantly less than the Australorp.
This I can't quite figure out because I get the impression from reading that the Australorp is the Australian version of the Buff. I think that I really need to do more research into the difference between these two breeds. I am leaning towards the Australorp for the egg production thing.
I contracted an individual in a neighbouring town through e-mail who raises Australorps. I indicated that I would like to get some hatching eggs. The individual e-mailed back for me to contact more towards the end of February, middle of March because the viability of fertile eggs was so much higher then. So, I will be patient and wait.
I have the catalogue from Rochester Hatchery in Alberta, they also have the Australorp, along with 3 other heritage chicken breeds offering for sale. So, I have many great thoughts to think about. Have an awesome and great day, Cindi