Yesterday morning I turned on the faucet outside (yeay!) and washed all the gross things that I refused to bring into my house over the winter (yeay!).
I filled the big waterer without having to fight with filling a bucket inside, and hauling to the coop (yeay!). I shot cat poop across the yard (giggle) and off the sidewalk.
I washed the car, and got the gravel out of the driveway (Gravel is dangerous to bikers!! YEAY!!!). Then my husband came home, and on our way to Altoona ( Outback! Yeay!) he asked, "Would you be interested in an incubator?"
Apparently the woman had used it once, fried her duck eggs, and put it in the closet. If he gets it, I will DEFINITELY be here asking a million questions (I think I know what I am doing, but the first time is gonna be scary!).
So, I had an awesome day yesterday (oh, and I bought a fishing net)!!
Sounds like a great day! I was stuck at work, so trying to get things done today... all I got done so far was buying another 10 meaties for the brooder. Mindy is a happy pup again!
Congrats on the incubator! Can't wait to see pics and hear details!
Missy, you guys look awesome!
So here is the intial setup of my coop/run area. First, the pre-picture of the area next to the pump house:
Next the ground work and framing:
This is the view from the Pump House - Coop area back across the pond:
So next step is installation of the 6x6 A-Frame coop, covering half of the run with an A-Frame roof and covering the uncovered portion of the run with wire. Hopefully it is enough room for 8-10 chickens.
Beautiful!!! awesome looking area for your feathered friends.... but only setting up for 8-10 is being pretty brave when you hang around this group!!! I hope you figured in room for your expansions and additions! (I see a duck house near that pond in your future! Maybe a couple of 'guard ducks' can discourage messy geese?
The pond is nice, but it is a ton of work, which you wouldn't expect. I will take a few photos of the fish later today as they will be up feeding on the surface bugs. Most of the Koi are 20-25 years old.
EDIT: And a pond is a geese magnet and just 2 geese can turn 2.5 acres into a poopy mess in a short period of time. My Aussie chases the geese, but somehow he recognizes that the chickens don't need to be chased. Animals are smarter than we think.
Dogs are smarter than we give them credit for! Especially the farm/herding/hunting varieties!
Sally, I shouldn't encouraged you, but this mini fridge or mini freezer uses the same parts as a cooler Bator. I use three turners, but could build racks on pivots with a hand Turner device amd easily fit more eggs. 10 dozen is enough ( too many). Water bottles in bottom to help stabilize temp, fan in top pointed up spaced with wine corks.
The fridge was free. It had been through a flood and ruined. Door has large double pane plexiglass window from an old piece I found laying around.
Super set up! and mini fridges are pretty easy to come by cheap!
Kiomey had a great i dea and i think we should try to do it. Have a cooler bator build party! Each person brings their stuff and some one coaches us how to build it. Food, and drinks and a good time included. (alcohol should be consumed AFTER building the incy) :) ANy one up for this? They seem kinda cheap to build...
We'd be up for it! Don't know that we have a need for an incubator with all you willing hatchers around though! But would still be there in a minute!