I haven't been on here in a while but wanted to share some stuff going on and to comment on those nice pictures from Alaskan and the nice diagrams from Perchie girl.
On another note, I had 34 eggs (with 3 hatch dates) in the temporary incubator (a LG) and I think it destroyed the eggs. 2 were due to hatch yesterday, 25 due Christmas and 7 on NYD.
However, yesterday I went down to the cellar to turn eggs but I didn't have my glasses with me. I thought the thermometer said 107 point something but I was hoping it was 102. I opened it up till the temp dropped below 90 and put the lid back on. Went to get my glasses and when I returned, the temperature was back up to 107.3.
I'm afraid they're all lost.
This is the last time I'm going to use it except for short term emergencies.
For anyone considering a little giant, my best advice is to take that money, fire up the grill and burn it.
A hen just went broody yesterday - on the shortest day of the year.
I guess the added coop lighting and the unseasonably warm weather has her thinking it is spring already.
I'll move her to her own apartment along with a cockerel I'm fattening for the kill. They should make good housemates. He'll be butchered by the time the chicks hatch.
Originally Posted by Alaskan @perchie.girl
There is a lady on facebook that has the most lovely nest boxes.
She says that she got the plan from an extension book 25 years ago.
She puts a heat tape in the middle of the roll of pipe insulation... That the eggs bump up against.
She also said "Here are some pics of our nest boxes. The floors are 1/2" hardware cloth. The floor angle is 1" per foot. It may be possible to modify existing boxes by adding a slanted floor and a covered front compartment for the eggs. The one in the pics is 24x36, but the design can be easily adapted to fit the space you have (rectangular or square)."
In most of the photos it isn't on yet, but she has a hinged perch in front of the two openings so that it can be blocked shut if need be.
The big open/screen side goes up against a coop wall, the way it is made there is a bit of a gap between the wire nest box wall and the coop wall, for some air flow and a very time bit of light.
Thanks for posting the great pictures. I'm trying to get my trap nests finished.
Eventually I want to add roll out nests to them and rather than trap the hens, I want to microchip them and install readers on the nests so each egg can be marked with the hen.
Originally Posted by perchie.girl
very nice I need to get some prototypes made out of foam core. I need the roll out part to be flush with the coop wall so I can pull a drawer out to gather eggs.
My concept is about the same size with a single door. My coop partitions are six feet wide and I still need to get food and water along the same access point....
coop... With the nests situated I can go down the wall inside out of 105 degree heat an collect eggs. I can also figure out a way to chill them too with water from underneath. part of their water circulation and eventually to their waterer.
Here is a to scale sketch in isometrice... yep I still draft just dont have any tools. execpt a straight edge
In my case I need to keep the eggs cooler in the summer time to give me a day or two to collect.
As it is I may be making that six by six cage door completely hinged so I can get into the coop and vaccume. Yep I am considering building a bg bag vacuume system.exterenally situated where I can open it up right at the compost area. Then I can pressure spray the wood for clenaing. Its dry enough that I can do this on a regular basis.
Each space will be big enough for approximately eighteen LF birds. So I want to do the cleaning part right. Thats why the perches are up at the end over the pop door. Ideally food and water will be outside I want to be able to provide each partition with access to their own. Water I can do outside
I am also considering doing a game bird feeder for outside. OUtside there is pleanty of space for feed stations and enrichment stations. Because I wont be able to free range the LF. Too slow for the predators.
It reminds me a bit of my breeder complex It is a hexagon shape split in half by a covered breezeway from which I can access all the nest boxes, roosts and bulk feeders while being out of the weather.
There are 5 units. 2 are for pairs or trios, a third for 3 or 4 birds and two can take a cock and 5 hens (that's where the trap nests are) The smaller units also serve as broody hen quarters. The complex has automatic water with varying nipple heights so I can add a chick height nipple if it is a broody house.
Originally Posted by vehve
I think the reason that all our chickens are laying at the moment is a combination of the added light I've got for them, and the fact that the last week or so we've actually had 2-3 sunny days, when the 2 months before that has been just rain and cloudy weather.
I started adding light a little over a month ago for one flock and they started laying about 3 weeks ago and all have been laying for the last week. I added light to another building 2 weeks ago and have been getting an egg or 2 for nearly a week. Yesterday I got 6 out of 7 older hens in there.
Originally Posted by chickadoodles
Thanks everyone. I had forgot how hard it is to tell them all apart. lol I have been going thru the catalog looking at the pics trying to decide. Some I have figured out and a couple I think might be Marans. :) I really don't care as long as they lay eggs. lol
V them being from the extreme cold and lights would be the right combination. :)
The feathersite has lots of chick pics for each breed and variety.
The chick pics are at the bottom of each breed page.
Originally Posted by superchemicalgirl
Looks like you're getting a Christmas week heat wave.
I know we're not alone but unseasonably warm is an understatement to say the least. We set a record of 72 on the 12th. It's hitting 67 on Wednesday.
I put a liquid syrup feeder on the bees yesterday since there's no chance of it freezing before they use it up.
I made a candy board yesterday with 12 lbs of candy in it I'll put on at the end of the week that should take them through spring.
Originally Posted by ronott1
Not on this thread!
I am so old that I read the post and then could not remember if I should be outraged by it or not
Looks like you guys are getting some rain and snow.
Any chance it is putting a dent in the drought?
Originally Posted by Latestarter
The egg gods like me today... I have already collected 4 and have found 1 for sure, possibly a second, that were eaten before I could get them. This is the most eggs I've had in a day in over a month! Way past time those slackers got back to earning their keep!
On another note, I'm finishing up the last of some chicken and broccoli Alfredo I made a few nights ago. It's amazing how many meals you can make out of 2 chicken breasts, 4 head of broccoli, a box of pasta and a jar of Alfredo sauce (extended with some milk and Parmesan cheese). I've been eating it for 4 days now. Glad though that this is the last of it... time for something new.
Days are getting longer starting today. The slackers will be back in business in the next month or so.
The pasta still sounds good.
Originally Posted by vehve
I agree on the pig smell, that's about the worst animal produced smell there is. Wouldn't want to live down wind from a broiler farm either...
And as much as I like dogs, I can't stand them barking for no reason at all. Luckily, most of our dogs stay quiet unless there's someone at the door.
Not looking like much of a winter here, so people are coming up with alternative methods to spread Christmas spirit.
The Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC had a story about Finland last night. She said that Norway wants to give Finland a mountain for Finland's 100th birthday. That will make 4300 ft. the highest point in Finland (about like Oklahoma).
Happy early birthday.