No this is not a cake and this isn’t a post about cakes. About two weeks ago I posted about a quandary I was in (see here). I had been given a rhea egg and I was wondering whether to eat it or incubate it. It seems the consensus was to incubate it and see what happens. So why then haven’t you seen photos of the egg in the incubator? Well I held off from putting it in because there was a chance that something really exciting would happen. And you know what? that exciting thing happened on Wednesday!
I went to visit these two gorgeous ratites – this, I have learned, is the proper term for a rhea, emu or ostrich! They live with the mum of one of the vets that James works with and she kindly let me visit them. They love bananas.
Not only was I allowed to visit, but then the wonderful Rita gave me four rhea eggs to try and hatch out – this is beyond exciting! Here they are next to a normal hen egg.
As if this wasn’t enough she then gave me a flan made from a rhea egg. One rhea egg makes two large flans! We ate the flan for dinner – I don’t know how it was made, but it was utterly delicious – quite possibly the best flan or quiche type thing we have ever eaten – thank you. I now really want rheas – they lay one egg ever two days during the breeding season and lay on average about 40 eggs I guess. Unsurprisingly I know very little about rheas! Anyway, I have spent the last two days trying to get my incubator to the correct temperature ad humidity. Since the unsuccessful turkey egg debacle I have bought a thermometer and hydrometer to measure temperature and humidity. It seems that the internal thermometer is way off – or the new one is – I am assuming the new one is reliable. I have got the temperature to 97.5 degrees and the humidity to 50%, but everytime I open it it changes. I have also numbered and weighed the eggs. I am recording this here as I will lose the piece of paper.
Egg 1 725g; egg 2 750g; egg 3 775g; and egg 4 750g. I put the eggs in the incubator last night (4/7/14) at 8.45pm – they should take about 35-40 days to hatch. I have turned off the automatic turning thing and will turn them by hand twice a day. I am also busy reading through the Ratite Encyclopedia that Jodie lent us – thank you Jodie. I so want them to hatch, I so want them to hatch ….. and live.
N.B. Of course, the fact that I now have four eggs in my incubator means I can eat the first egg I was given. I am not sure what to make with it: scrambled egg? an omlette? a quiche (or two), tortilla? or a cake? What do you suggest?