The 36 immigrant chicks are now out of the brooder and inside the coop. With minimum temps of 78 at night and 84 during the day, there is no need to pay for a light 24/7.
An 80 watt light uses 40KW of power in 3 weeks. That's $4.00 per week. When Bernie and Analou are on the place without us, thats almost the same amount of power they use with the pump, their house and the security lights! Compact FC lights are standard and cheap there. I use 11 watts for security and 7 watts in the houses. A 5 minute blast in a 1200w microwave uses as much power as a 13 watt light bulb does in 70 hours. As its pitch black around us, a little light goes along way. LPG is cheaper there. We pay 50 bucks for a 120lb cylinder swap.
Mrs Oz could not make it out to check on the goats (and chickens) so she is sending a camera with my father-in-law to get some pictures.
3 weeks of age. I reckon in 16 more weeks we should be seeing eggs.
I was toying with a very quick trip over on Presidents day weekend but its just too soon. I cannot afford the luxury financially nor professionally. My schedule will be Easter (end of March), Labor day weekend (Lorenzo's birthday), 4th July weekend, Memorial day weekend (Antonias birthday), Nov 2 weekend (my birthday) and Christmas. That's 75000 miles with my bum stuck on a blue cloth hard seat. Mrs Oz will probably be here Early April (her birthday), mid summer and Thanksgiving. We do our best to keep Philippine Airlines in business.
With 8 trips between we could theoretically carry 2034 pounds of checked in luggage. I theoretically could also import 500-1000 eggs!!! LOL. I wont. Once I get 7-9 breeds going there, I hope to be self perpetuating - maybe one load every now and then to keep the blood lines fresh.
There are so many other things to carry. Solar power and a wind turbine are on my list.
Edited by ozexpat - 2/3/13 at 4:25pm