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

    so am I

    Welcome!!!
     
  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    There is a lull in getting the flock out of here part 4

    Hopefully its the calm before the hatching storm.

    We have the final candle tonight of the 28 day incubation eggs - guineas, ducks, turkeys and peafowl.

    The ducks and guineas are important to me as they are part of the master plan. The turkeys and peafowl are more decorative but I hope I get a few of each.

    The first time I went to the Phils my brother in law had a flock of guineas at their big old house in the sugar cane fields. I loved their look, their noise and their ability to eat bugs. I would love a flock of them roaming our property. I am going to have Bernie train them with a bell to come home for a feed and just let them out after lunch as they seem to lay in the mornings. It will be an interesting experiment.

    The 5 new coops and fence are continuing along. Bernie needs to go to the town 20km away to get 50kg of nails on Thursday. I will see if I can find someone to upload the latest pictures of the new chicks as well as the progress on the coops.

    My next trip plans are underway. The eggs I plan to take are 40% local 40% Californian and 20% from further afield. Chickens and quail only.

    We are now getting 10-12 eggs a day. Bernie is keeping 3 days worth for his family to eat and incubating the remainder, so we will have chicks hatching every week. We will have the final mutt fest hatch when I arrive. Once the new coops are built, I will have the RLBW in one coop, the blue egg layers and mutts in with the Marans roo and the RIR in the third. The new chicks will move into the current hen house as grow out facility. That leaves a coop for guineas and one for turkeys if we get some. The ducks will free range with a shelter as soon as they feather out.
     
  3. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OZ please don't forget about geese
    everyone should have a 1/2 a dozen at their place
     
  4. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    i agree - just have to wait till goose season.
     
  5. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we have a 1/2 dozen muscovys in the brooder now
    they are still too small for you to make sausage out of them though OZ
     
  6. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    If I can get some of the Pekins, Giant Pekins Rouans and Welsh Harlequins to hatch, I will sell off all but 2 drakes and 8 of the young female scovies we have. There are 36 of them so Bernie will have fun at the market selling 26. They will buy a lot of feed.
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    Once we hatch out five weeks of mutts I will have Bernie start selling the chicken eggs. By then he should have 15-20 per day. Regular battery hen eggs sell for 7 pesos each or $1.70 a doz. A sign on the highway should attract the more affluent who will stop for farm fresh eggs.
     
  7. scottcaddy

    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

     
  8. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    with a super thin brittle plastic carton that costs 5 cents

    a bit like this
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    a paper flat that holds 30 is 8 cents
     
  9. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    these btw are 25p or 60 cents

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    we get ripped off for plastic items in usa
     
  10. scottcaddy

    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Yes we do [​IMG] ,Thanks Oz.

    Scott
     

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