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

    you could do that with this - just put it in a zip lock bag or 2.
     
  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    sold!!
     
  3. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Things have gone from bad to worse in this hatch.

    The only thing to come out of it is lessons.


    1. tighter control on temps - install a STC-1000 digital thermostat instead of the wafer style mechanical
    2. humidity abatement is essential - I have a mini humidifier and a humidistat dehumidifier controller to reduce the humidity in the incubator to 30% during the hatch. eggtopsies show big wet chicks
    3. power control - install a UPS with a marine battery to beat power outages. investigate generators.
    4. ant control/bator ant proofing - we lost all the pipped/zipping eggs overnight from an ant invasion. it was pure carnage.


    Time to brush off the disappointment/guilt and get moving.


    My thanks and apologies to those who gave so much to this attempt. I am sure I can get past this and continue the fight.
     
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  4. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    B.O.M ? forgive me I dont know what you mean
     
  5. Pancholoco

    Pancholoco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have plans to buy a thermostat Which one you would suggest me?
     
  6. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

     
  7. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    thanks engineer deb!

    I will post it this week.
     
  8. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

  9. Pancholoco

    Pancholoco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But accuracy says +- 1˚C.
     
  10. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Its a good fight OZ.... Hang in there....[​IMG]

    With regard to ants..... Check out Tanglefoot ant barrier. Its something they use on fruit trees to keep the ants out. use duct tape to fasten on a sheet of paper to the leggs of what ever is supporting your incubator then spread this stuff on the paper. What this does is allow you to change out the material without mess.

    I used another method with my dog dishes because I free feed my dogs. I use a plant hanger and put the bowls in the plant hanger then use a rope to fasten to an eyebolt in the rafters The ants figured it out once when I let a climbing vine attach itself to the rope. Then once when they came across the ceiling. Ant spray on the ceiling and rope took care of it.

    What ever you do you will also have to assume they will follow the electrical cord too. Here in San Diego the bug spray guy told me he identified ten different species on my own R1 house lot. I did have him spray ONCE then from there I took a defense stance against them.

    I dont know how you feel about spray..... but Malathion is a good perimeter spray for ants. Or if you want to stay away from chemicals Orange OIl based sprays are good too. http://www.amazon.com/Orange-Guard-Water-Based-Control/dp/B00030BBMS

    deb
     

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