we are planting 2x's the amount of veggies (pumpkins/squash/peppers..etc..), so that we can subsidize the birds diets..that includes the turkeys and meat birds..I feel they should have a variety of things in their diets too. The better they eat, the better we do! Going to be investing in different "wheat" seed to grow in the garden in the "off" season to also add to the birds/rabbits diets.
We are getting rabbits this spring for breeding/meat/pelts..going to be doing some experiments with "fodder" and other grasses for their food.
We have also planted fruits trees & berry bearing bushes..going to be adding more as we go. The ultimate/long term plan is turning this property into a self-sustaining garden, through "compatible planting", livestock and insects (pollinators-bees/butterflies). Also into water collection & alternative "power"/ energy sources (wind/solar/wood), anything to help keep the $$ out-put to the most minimum...a lot of work, but extremely satisfying and we become more self sustained..finding others who enjoy knowing where/how their food comes to the table is not hard...just start talking chickens with people and the next thing you know you are swapping/trading with your neighbors..they have goat milk/butter/cheese and you have canned goods, bees= honey...it is awesome!
This thread/website is a great start to finding people who are in your more immediate area. There are a lot of very nice folks I have gotten to know. They have done so much to help us get this far.
We LOVE yard sales..did 99% of Christmas shopping that way this year..and on-line auctions! Craigslist is great too, just have to be careful..that goes for anything really. We were only able to complete the coop because of materials purchased from these avenues..in truth, most items we were able to get for FREE..just have to take into consideration GAS & TIME...
Going to be roofing the run next spring from materials received free or on the extreme-cheap..we couldn't do this any other way.
I'm looking for a small incubator with an automatic turner. Something that will hold maybe 24 chicken/50 quail eggs. For those times I'm not really hatching.
I see some on eBay that appear to roll the eggs for turning. Anyone have any experience with them? Are they worth the roughly $100?
Just don't feel the need to fire up my big one for small hatches and my schedule doesn't make manual turning very possible. Or do I just use my coolerbator and hope I remember to turn?
I just turn eggs...it is a pain sometimes to remember. I mark the eggs with numbers so i "know" how many times I have turned/rolled them..Some days they would only get turned once, but it was all good in the end...
i would think you could pick-up a 'new' turner for $100..just seems like a lot for something ''used'..JMO, but what do I know?..sorry Ray..i really didn't help much did I..geesh..