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

    Feb 22, 2012
    i really like the looks of that huge cat she has [​IMG]
  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Day 16 update

    With the international date line and 15 hours time difference, even I am having trouble counting the days. Its officially an hour into day 16. Analou completed the 35 mile round trip jeepney ride for 3 fuses.

    With the STC-1000 thermostat modification to the hovabator 1602N there is no tweaking that screw. just set at 37.8c and give it 20 minutes to warm up. its taken the bernie factor out of temperature control.

    After an hour of solid 99.6f the quail eggs were placed in the bator. humidity has been steadily at 50% through the first 15 days so we will wait for chirping before we wp the humidity.

    We have power outage contingency plans. no sign of ants, steady temps. There is not much more we can do but cross our fingers.

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  3. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2012
    well you already hatched out 1 batch there & got about 50%
    so i would think that you would get that again or maybe even a little better this time with the STC-1000 keeping the temp steady.

    i would like to add though some bators have a 1 hour "cool down"
    ever think of putting a 23 hour timer on your mega bator?
    maybe it would help a little?
    or maybe try it at home 1st on just a couple dozen eggs that you can replace without a lot of trouble

    time to hit the rack
    take care OZ

  4. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    I have not got into the cool down thing. I am doing my best to replicate or improve on the first hatch, using attempt two as an educational experience.

    When I was in control of the incubators, I did not have to fiddle with the thermostat. It was surprisingly stable. I feel that noobs and Bernie get so involved that they cant help but to adjust - and over think it. I put the digital thermostats on because I am not there to stop the tweaking. When Mrs Oz was home for the hatch last time, she found the lock screws on the thermostats loose,

    In my mix of chooks in the Phils I have 7 BLR Wyandottes. I will separate them this trip and start to collect eggs for incubation. We will attempt to hatch every week between mid July and the end of August. That way we have a better understanding of hatching techniques we need to apply in the tropics.
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  5. OffGridMAMA

    OffGridMAMA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 24, 2012
    valley center, CA
    Love it :) exciting stuff my friend!!
  6. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2012
    my two hovobators tend to swing +/- 2f
    at 1st i would mess with them
    i figured out that i was causing the spikes to be even higher than when i just let them be
    so now i just get them rite or even 1f low & let them do their deal.
  7. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    OGM!!! I have missed you!

    Exciting is just part of it.

    We have 4 to 5 hatch days with the incubators and 2 courtesy of broody muscovies. The next 20 days are no doubt going to be filled with highs, lows and not much sleep. My pre-pay Filipino phone sim card has 40 roaming text messages worth of load on it. I bet I use it all and then some.

    Mrs Oz is relaying messages I send her on whatsap from my android but she is dealing with final exams and I would rather her focus on her priorities.

    Times like this I wish I coughed up the $2000 for satellite internet and a chicken house cam.
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  8. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    seems like you cracked the secret of hovabators. dont frig with them
  9. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Another update

    the lumberjack finished cutting 3 coconut trees. we got 750 board feet (equivalent of 750ft x 1"x12"). We did not need to fell the 4th tree. The coco lumber will go to making a new "row house" coop and into the replacement fence.

    My duck buddy managed to candle the scovy eggs. 11/15 viable. The six goose eggs under his duck will get candled tonight.

    The incubators are stable. Its 1:40am in SoCal. Time to sleep.
  10. maryhysong

    maryhysong Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2012
    Claypool, Arizona
    lol. Thank you. That guy is a painted rock. [​IMG]

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