I popped a few cuckoo marans eggs under Heidi the bantam hen when she went broody (23 days ago!) and look what pecked it's way out! Sadly the other 2 eggs didn't hatch. This wee chick is strong as an ox though!
I've got three broody hens at the moment and in total they're sitting on 20 eggs (all Cuckoo Marans eggs!). So this time next month hopefully I'll have more chicks! I'm also expecting arrival of 24 hatching eggs (yes... cuckoo maran!) next week for the incubator. I've never hatched in an incubator before so I'm hoping all goes well. We're limited to our three solar panels for energy and will have the incubator set up in the yurt with us. If for some reason the sun stops shining or the batteries fail we have a small generator as back up! Exciting times! : )