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. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mixing them with my buff orp. hens should give me 50% buff & 50% lemmon Cuckoo chicks
    one of them has great barring the other is just ok

    my agressive buff roo who loves to attack everyon inclucing MY WIFE
    will become the Wed. night meal :)

    too dark for pictures but did i say that i only gave $5.00 for the pair [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    the Denver trip is on. The grand poobah at the hospital approved my travel. Mrs Oz is excited. I laid out an itinerary that included a visit to chicken mountain, so it looks good.
     
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  3. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what day do you need the eggs devivered by to your place in Ca ?
     
  4. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    I wasnt thinking about the new protein for adobo but you cant have Mrs P being attacked. Crossing with the buffs is along the lines of what I meant. Those lemon bars are spectacular. OGM's roo was awesome till coyotes got it.
     
  5. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    correct, attacking me is one thing but when you attack my Pinay you just crossed the line son!
    will you have room for an extra dozen OZ?
    i can add in whatever silkie & britts i can over a 4 day period



    piggy
     
  6. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    I am sending over a couple of books and some software for Mrs P by the end of the week. I will include a shipping foam. I will take however many you can put in it in 4 days.

    Thanks Pig
     
  7. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks OZ
    i'll load you up with everything i can get my mits on :)
    these Greenfire roos are a little younger than the boy i had in the coop before
    one is only 9 months old so they should make nice large babies
    also unlike my black english orpingtons these are lite colored
    so they might do better in the Philippine sun
    but i have never heard that Orpingtons were not good in the heat
    i'll send both and you & Bernie will see what works there
    if the locals think those other ones were big just wait till they see these monsters [​IMG]
     
  8. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    I have great hatch rates here in the USA but the last trip to the Philippines was a total bust.

    My solution is to try and emulate my hatching process here.

    The first step is humidity. I could not get the incubators there below 55% this hatch and most of the time they were at 60%

    I decided to invest in the following

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    this little gadget is designed to use with a dehumidifier. Its a hygrostat. You plug a de-humidifier into it and you can control the humidity

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    normally you would plug a house size de-humidifier into it to control humidity in a basement - but this little gem will fit nicely into my big bator. I have been trialling it in by bedroom and it even pulls water out of the air here with 20% humidity. I will test them together in my bathroom tonight. This should automate the humidity control - Bernie should not have to open the bator ecept to empty the container. If it fills in a day, then I will drill a hole in it and attach a drainage hose - I may do it anyway.

    the second thing to do will to be to monitor cell size, or water loss from the eggs. I will provide Bernie with a scale, mark 3 eggs from each breed with a number and have him way them on day 7, 14 and 18. Additionally I will have him draw the air cells and take photos for a log. He can at least toss the clears, and count blood rings and early quitters so we know our viable egg hatch rate.

    Next is temperature. I am changing the bator thermostat to a digital. They really are nice. I have them here in the US on all my bators.

    The ants will be a non-issue now we have seen the problem, we can fix it.

    Finally is the power reliability.

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    I bought a spent battery-ed 600W rated UPS. The bator uses 150 watts max, Instead of the small battery that is inside (and useless anyway) I will use a deep cycle marine battery. That should give me more than enough hours of dependable power when the electricity company decides to do repairs. If there is a power outage overnight, while Bernie is asleep, it will be seemless.

    Strict temperature, humidity and power control, candling, weighing and documenting.

    We are going to win this battle.
     
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  9. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Chillin' With My Peeps

    Great work Oz!
    Here is my latest solution to the frequent day long power cuts I get here.
    A 300 watt 12 volt inverter to run the incubator from.
    As the bator only draws 48 watts max, it should last a day.
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  10. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds good OZ
    i'll look forward to the results

    i did something different on my last hatch
    i always have a couple eggs that never pip, never hatch :(
    one time i had 28 out of 32 hatch out
    when i opened up the 4 remaining eggs
    i saw fully formed chicks
    so on this last hatch i did something different
    i had 4 pips, once they all 4 hatched out i opened that bator
    yes yes i know everyone says that is a no no
    however i didn't find anymore pips so i cracked each aircell
    yes i cracked each shell of the non pippers
    guess what they all hatched[​IMG]
     
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