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

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    poor Bernie has his birthday in the midst of our hatching dramas
     
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  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    between a temp spike to 107 on day 18, 4 x 1.5hr power losses on day 19 an ant invasion on day 21 murdering chicks hatched and pippers, late deformed hatches on day 22. it looks like it
     
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  3. Sally Sunshine

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

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    oh oz! I am sorry! Stinks he didn't catch the issues soon enough, terrible I am sure he is so sad too!
    The ants kill that fast? what kinda ants are they! Don't let them at your kids for petes! WOW! Poor Bernie and Mrs!
     
  4. hillfloweranch

    hillfloweranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh no!! :( I will start collecting for you again!! No worries. We will all pitch in!!! Can't have GTFOH fail we will not give up so easily!!
    Onward soldiers!! Lol
     
  5. OffGridMAMA

    OffGridMAMA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry Oz :( you are determined and will overcome this. The egg runs will continue!!!
     
  6. hillfloweranch

    hillfloweranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ABSOLUTELY!!
     
  7. maryhysong

    maryhysong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh OZ sorry to hear about that. I think you are getting a handle on the power and the humidity. For the ants, if your bators have legs or on a table with legs, set the legs into cans with some water and a thin film of oil on top. You will have to check frequently if the diameter of the cans is small as the ants can and will build a bridge of dead bodies, but if you had wide shallow pans, that might work. That and mosquito netting is what old timers did here to keep scorpions from crawling into baby cribs.
     
  8. el pollo rey

    el pollo rey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the ants are anything like here it can be a battle they can get up to a inch long and can strip a tree of it's leaves in a mater of days I have also seen them consistently cross creaks floating on the cut leaves like rafts they can be wicked bad left unchecked ,,,,,,,, sounds like war!
     
  9. thebirdguy

    thebirdguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have used the same ST-1000 thermostats as Oz on my homemade bators for a couple of years now.. love them!!!
     
  10. Pancholoco

    Pancholoco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hatch percentage?????
     

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