1. When loading the eggs into the egg turners you put the small portion of the egg in first and the larger rounded portion of the egg up. BECAUSE (this is cool) it’s better to have the bigger portion up because there is an air pocket in the top of the egg where the chicken breathes and as the egg turns, the bigger side of the egg gives the chicken more breathing room. (Isn’t that crazy! Who knew!)
2. Chicken egg shells are porous so air comes into and out of the egg so the chicken can breathe in the air pocket.
3. Chicken eggs have to be turned manually every 4-5 hours. Or you can use electronic egg turners (which we brought with us to put in the incubators).
4. Chickens hatch in about 21 days and with incubators and electronic turners, they typically yield about an 80% survival rate.
5. To know if an egg has fertilized, you will start to see lines sort of like veins in the egg shell.
This particular village was having some hard times with a neighboring village…for some reason there was some animosity between them in the past. So when Kerry began talking with the village about sharing, a lady brought this other village up and Kerry explained to them that they should take the first step in repairing that relationship by giving them some chickens from this bunch when they hatch. Kerry also shared this heart wrenching personal story with them about helping your fellow man. I will not share it here, because I know it’s very personal to Kerry; but I can say that it had a profound impact on the people of this village as he shared from his heart. I saw grown men crying and all the people in the room appear to be very touched by what he was sharing.
In particular it was really nice for me to see the men of the village show a lot of affection (hugs) to their children. I’ve traveled a lot all over the world and this was a rare site for me and it touched me to see it so prevalent in this village.
There was also a little baby in the village that had Down syndrome. We were told that she wouldn’t make it too much longer, but she was just precious and it was touching to see the entire village just love on this little one and how much “light” she brought to everyone as the loved her. When we asked her name, they told us that they all just called her Sweetheart.
On the way down the mountain we stopped by a village where Kerry had worked previously in building a greenhouse. This particular greenhouse housed tomatoes. The lady said they get tomatoes off these vines 8 months out of the year. I am sure this project is life changing in how it provides income for the entire village.
I am so thankful for people like Kerry & Mauri Johnson who not only give their lives loving on people who live differently from them, but also for the creativity and knowledge that God has given them to serve people. Say a prayer today for them, and it’s my hope that every time you have an egg or a tomato, that you’d be reminded of them and that you would say a prayer for them personally and for their work.