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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. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Thats one slick design Ashburnham. I also like the fact that you are going to use a ceramic heater. That way they can get some good sleep. I really like the dimmer Idea. REALLY like it.

    Though My next brooder is going to be a wire bottomed one. I will place ply wood tray in there for sleeping so I can have bedding for the little peeps. But all the food and water will go over wire so that WHEN they spill it goes in to a catch basin and not in all their bedding.
    I tried brooding Guinea keets in tubs and it was a nightmare to keep clean..... the little Jack booters....[​IMG] Kicked or knocked every feeder or waterer I had over. Or filled em up with shavings then the shavings wicked all the water out in the bedding....

    deb
     
  2. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Chillin' With My Peeps

    I ended up using a bathroom heat lamp bulb running through the dimmer.
    Very accurate temp control.

    xxx M
     
  3. el pollo rey

    el pollo rey Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. el pollo rey

    el pollo rey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol i wish it was that easy pig i took the baisc idea and scaled it down to what i needed works just great web.extension.illinois.edu/hkmw/downloads/46524.pdf
     
  5. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looks good!
    what i have is a big cage that is 4 feet tall 5 feet long & a little over 2 feet from front to back
    it had wire mesh on the inside to keep my meat birds inside
    i used it to grow them out ,some would be processed..... the big ones
    & we would leave the smaller ones till they we the size we wanted
    well the meat birds are either going into a movable chicken tractor this year
    or a lean-to on the side of the main coop
    so what to so with the old meat bird pen ????
    i'm thinking a 4 deck brooder

    now it's dam cold where i am in the winter
    i'm talking -25c at times
    but i could add a second set of lights for the really cold times
    everything would have to be set up in pairs
    that way if 1 bulb gives up i will not suffer the loss of a whole batch
    i don't want 50 dead chicks on my hands :(

    i just got my 2nd hovabator yesterday & we also have a picture window hatcher
    i'll start setting eggs come Jan. 1st
    that is the only way that i know of to get the volume of pullets that people want around here

    i think we will also try out selling meat birds in a bag next year (all processed ready to go)
    if not what will i do with 300 cockerels???
    not sure on the price but $10 each sounded good
    maybe that # is too low ?

    if i put them on organic feed i can probably double that # & still make money.....maybe?

    well back to work folks
    piglett
    wolfeboro,NH
     
  6. el pollo rey

    el pollo rey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    . All you will have to do in cold weather Piglet is increase the wattage of the bulb they were invented in Ohio and used in open barns in the winter and it get darn cold up there on lake erie in the winter lol
     
  7. VioletandBodie

    VioletandBodie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW just finished all 208 pages of this adventure this is like the best thing I have read.
     
  8. VioletandBodie

    VioletandBodie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also subcribing
     
  9. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i'll build one & see how it works, is start out with a pair of 25 watt bulbs for this time of year
    in cold weather i'll go with a pair of 40 watt bulbs & we will see the results
     
  10. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Hi all

    Its been hectic with Mrs Oz here.

    All is well. Its great having her here.

    I am following along.

    May the flock be with you

    Oz
     

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