Ever since the very first issue of the Farmers’ Almanac hit the presses back in 1818, the annual Best Days calendar has been one of the most popular features. But what is a “Best Day,” anyway?
Throughout human history, many people have believed that it’s best to conduct tasks when the Moon is in the most favorable position. The Farmers’ Almanac’s Best Days calendar is based on many formulas that take the Moon’s place in the zodiac, as well as its phase, into consideration. Though the results are not guaranteed, many people swear they get better results when using the Moon as a guide.
The Best Days to Set Eggs
According to Moon lore and the Almanac’s 200-year-old formula, for the best hatch rate, you should set eggs (place eggs under a hen or in an incubator) so that the chicks are born during the “fruitful” signs of the Moon during specific phases. You may have heard this called “setting eggs by the Moon.” This is an age-old practice that is said to produce healthy chickens.
A chick usually takes about 21 days to hatch.
Based on this formula, here are the best days to set eggs in 2020:
6-8, 16, 17
3, 4, 12-14
4-6, 13, 14
1, 2, 9, 10, 29
3, 4, 30, 31
8, 9, 27, 28
1-3, 29, 30
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If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1919, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.
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