Getting the flock out of here - a diary of a crazy chicken man

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ozexpat, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    A funny thing happened on the way to the brooder.

    As you guys know, I am really happy with the way Bernie is handling the chickens…… but…

    Today Mrs Oz arrived at the farm. Lots of dramas that essentially I bestowed upon my amazing wife.
    · 180 (or something like that) chicken eggs, 18 duck eggs on day 19/20 in the incubator and the power was out
    · The planned sad eggtopsy of the cotournix quail
    · 20 Muscovy ducklings hatched 4 days ago under a broody with the second one hatching her ducklings any day.
    The power was out for an hour and twenty minutes when she arrived. Ten minutes later the power came on, fans and lights in the bator came on and the temperature inside the bator was restored. The temp only had dropped to 95. That beast is well insulated and retained its heat well.

    The Cotournix are trying to hatch – the spike in temps did some damage – it killed the initial early pippers but now we are on day 20 and we have eggs rocking. Two assisted hatchlings are in the bator warming and eggs are rocking. We have a drawn out hatch on our hands but may end up with Cotournix yet.

    Mrs Oz went over to the bator house and found the brooder light on. Low and behold, there were 20 ducklings pooping in the brooder. We actually bought the trio of adult Muscovies off the family of one of our nannies. It appears that Azun had said that at her place, ants attack the ducklings and he needs to look after them for the first 6 weeks. Bernie, so keen to get every bird to adulthood, heeded her advice. Now, my perfectly clean brooder, needed for the anticipated onslaught of chicks, is now home to poopers that could be free ranging with their mother.

    On top of all that – I just got a text from Mrs Oz. Two chickens have hatched! Its going to be a crazy day on the farm. The text finished with Yippy Kay Yay Mutha Hen [​IMG] I guess mrs Oz is happy
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  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    The first two eggs to hatch are golden sebright banties.

    My brother in law was telling me that he saw pictures of them on the web and how proud they looked with their coloring.

    They were a last minute bid on ebay for 4.06/doz on the monday morning before my thursday flight, they arrived in a padded egg carton two hours before I was due to leave for the airport.

    Double shipped eggs are hatching!

    The bator seems to have done its job.
  3. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Chillin' With My Peeps

    Good news!

    xxx M
  4. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

  5. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 23, 2012
    My Coop
    awesome!!!! and amazing!
  6. Bens-Hens

    Bens-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's some great news.

    Your article reads really well, thanks for sharing.
  7. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2012
    OZ you need some kind of generator
    even a little 1000 watt Honda would do the job of keeping the bators running
    if you end up loosing some rare breed eggs to a power outage you will probably be kicking yourself in the butt[​IMG]

    i hope everyone hatches out fine for ya
    ordering our 3rd bator tomorrow
    i like the idea of using the STC-1000
    i'm looking to build a "bator rack"
    so i don't have the things sitting all over the house
    still looking for a hygrometer with remote probe for each bator
    i want something that i can see even at night (so i can keep an eye on things)
    maybe some kind of backlit LED
    i looked on ebay .....found nothing :(

    i hope our buffs hatch out ok [​IMG]

  8. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    try this

    it comes with one remote unit but will work with up to 3. you can sit it next to your bed

    the generator issue i will resolve
  9. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2013
  10. maryhysong

    maryhysong Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2012
    Claypool, Arizona
    What wonderful news to hear about your quail! Poor Bernie, darned if ya do and darned if ya don't ;-) But sounds like he is trying his best to get everyone to grow up! You are on your way to the most amazing poultry farm in the country!

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