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  1. Bantam Chase

    Considering a pet emu- tell me why it won't work....

    I found an emu breeder within a reasonable distance, and am seriously considering getting a chick to raise as a pet. I'm doing my homework but am seeing conflicting information from emu farms v. pet people, mainly in regards to housing and other animal interaction. So - here's my situation...
  2. Bantam Chase

    Looking to buy the SOP

    As the title says - I want to buy a SOP. I'd prefer used since money is tight, and thought that checking Ebay or Amazon would be a good place to start. Woah - there's 1906 reprints, OCR scans, and who knows what else, and I"m so confused. My original understanding was that the APA would...
  3. Bantam Chase

    Dog attack, Skinless Chicken - ***GRAPHIC PICTURES!!!***

    With all the nasty snow we've had, the netting to the outside run collapsed, and today my black ameracauna hen discovered the joys of free ranging... and the dangers of mingling with a border collie. I saw the pile of feathers early this afternoon and thought she was gone (the dog LOVES her...
  4. Bantam Chase

    Narragansett Turkeys

    I have several Narragansett turkeys looking for a new home. These are healthy birds, not ranged with chickens. Good for breeding or eating. Last month they dressed out around 10lbs and they are only getting bigger. $30 each, 3 jakes, 1 hen, one ??? Located near York Pa. Will trade for bourbon...
  5. Bantam Chase

    Watering systems - nipple drinkers?

    My chickens use a 5 gallon bucket with nipples for the water, and I am sooooooooo spoiled. No grungy water, it lasts them a week, easy to heat in the winter, I could go on and on with how much I love chicken nipples. That being said - my turkeys are using a traditional poultry waterer, which...
  6. Bantam Chase

    Couldn't have gotten luckier!

    Sometime about 3 weeks ago I put eggs in the incubator, trusting my memory to get me through 3 weeks. HA! I couldn't remember if I put them in on a friday or a monday, but judging from what I saw when I candled I was guessing friday... but again, wasn't 100% sure. Took a gamble and put them...
  7. Bantam Chase

    LG won't heat up.. HELP... now making mods, stay tuned!

    I think my 15 year old LG has finally bit the dust... it heats up to around 88% and that's it. I think either the thermostat or rheostat is toast - leaning more towards the rheostat since when I turn the knob to increase the temperature, the light goes OUT instead of lighting up, and when I...
  8. Bantam Chase

    New to Turkey World!

    Hi All - after I successfully pulled off my first Thanksgiving dinner where all 17 guests were impressed to be eating home-grown corn, green bean casserole and sweet potatoes, I decided that I wanted to try raising turkeys... (have one for the table next year and also do a traditional BB)...
  9. Bantam Chase

    Cochin, Easter Egger, Lavender Americana, BLRW Roosters, EE Hens

    Non-hatchery Cochin and back yard red roosters - apx 8 weeks old. 2 reds, 3 cochins - 1 black, one grey, one mottled. $5 each. Easter Egger Rooster - apx 1 year old, not 'tame' but not mean. $5. Lavender Americana rooster - 8 weeks old. Not hatchery, friendly. $10 (pending...)...
  10. Bantam Chase

    8" of water in the basement = floating incubators!

    Today when I went to my parents (where the incubator is set up) I was expecting to bring home a few chicks to the brooder... I SOOOOOOOOO did not expect to have 8" of water in their basement. The 'Billy'Bator cooler-hatcher was floating, so were 3 chicks. One had pipped and drowned, another...
  11. Bantam Chase

    lost power!

    With Irene coming up last night I expected a power loss, and we got it! At 2:30 it went out, I covered the 'bator with towels to keep heat in, and crossed my fingers. I set my phone alarm for 5am thinking i'd get up and heat some hot water bottles and get the 'billy'bator up to temperature but...
  12. Bantam Chase

    The 'Billy'Bator is Built!

    I JUST got done (tools are still all over the computer desk) finishing up the 'Billy'Bator - I turned a large Coleman cooler into an incubator following Rush Lane Poultry's directions and super-handy you-tube videos. Cost all of $30 out of pocket and will make a great hatcher... not ready to...
  13. Bantam Chase

    oh bummer! wrong eggs! Staggared hatch, here we come!

    My shipped eggs came today - very well packed and in great shape... but are the WRONG COLOR! I ordered frizzled easter eggers and all the eggs are brown with FC on them - guessing that's for frizzled cochin. They're in the bator now and I've contacted the seller. With luck she'll send another...
  14. Bantam Chase

    Gearing up for try #2

    Just plugged in the bator today - I have eggs coming from two different BYC sellers, plus I"ll get some local eggs to fill it. Last time was a wreck - out of 24 eggs I had 7 develop, 4 made it til lockdown, none hatched. There was a very old rooster involved, 100+ degree days, refrigerated...
  15. Bantam Chase

    Day 24 - they're gone... :(

    After peeking for 2 days straight and seeing feathers at the exact same place I figured my overdue eggs were gone - and they were. I cracked each open carefully at the air cell - the first chick pipped into the pocket and died - did not see excess liquid so I don't believe it drowned, plus my...
  16. Bantam Chase

    Day 23...nothing

    I'm starting to get a bit discouraged... today is day 23 and no pips or hatches. I've got 4 eggs that made it this far, temperature has been steady 99-100, humidity for the first 18 days was in the 40s. The first two days of lockdown the temp dipped to 97, but its been back up to 99 since...
  17. Bantam Chase

    What a boring Day 21!

    No chicks yet and today is 'hatch day'. I"m hoping since temps were at 99 the entire time that they'll be a bit later, hoping for excitement tomorrow. No pips, no chirps, and I'm not opening the incubator to see what's going on inside. Cross your fingers for these four eggies!
  18. Bantam Chase

    Best hatch story....

    Funny, amazing, whatcha got? I had a batch of button quail eggs in the 'bator, and had messed up my timing - the chicks were due a few days before I was going on vacation. Somewhere in mid-incubation the 'bator was unplugged for an entire day, the eggs were cold when I caught this and...
  19. Bantam Chase

    Having eggs shipped for the 1st time - Advice?

    I'm having eggs shipped mid-august and have never done this before. When I had chicks come the PO called me every step of the way so I was ready the second they came in, but I don't know how they normally handle hatching eggs. Should I ask the sellers to put my phone # on the boxes? Give the...
  20. Bantam Chase

    1 week left!

    5 out of 24 eggs have made it this far - lockdown is Wednesday and with luck (lots of it for this group!) there will be chicks on Sunday! Yippie!
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