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. Wishing4Wings

    Wishing4Wings Isn't it Amazing? Premium Member

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    OZ, I was wondering if there are any PI predators that might go for your birds (not counting some of the neighbors[​IMG]).
     
  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    in theory yes - I have yet to see one though

    Hawks, kites and eagles[edit source | editbeta]

    Order: Falconiformes. Family: Accipitridae
    Accipitridae is a family of birds of prey and include hawks, eagles, kites, harriers and Old World vultures. These birds have powerful hooked beaks for tearing flesh from their prey, strong legs, powerful talons, and keen eyesight. There are 233 species worldwide and 25 species which occur in the Philippines.

    Caracaras and falcons[edit source | editbeta]

    Order: Falconiformes. Family: Falconidae
    Falconidae is a family of diurnal birds of prey. They differ from hawks, eagles, and kites in that they kill with their beaks instead of their feet. There are 62 species worldwide and 5 species which occur in the Philippines.
     
  3. scottcaddy

    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

  4. Bens-Hens

    Bens-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Good luck out running the last bird of prey on that list! Good for 200mph that little bullet!
     
  5. maryhysong

    maryhysong Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    update

    The large breeds failed. We ended up with one eastern wild turkey. ducks and peafowl yielded nothing.

    I have decided to not try incubating them again til I can hand carry and stay in the Philippines for the whole duration of the hatch.

    With an overall hatch rate of 22%, we ended up with some great breeds. This is an acceptable number for domestically shipped eggs and a great number for me.

    The hatching bator has been cleaned and the baskets were soaked in bleach solution.

    We have 20-30 eggs being set every week so it wont rest for long.

    In 27 days I get to see my family. I have a list developed. This trip will be chickens and quail only.

    The adventure continues.
     
  7. scottcaddy

    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Sorry to hear about this. I hope that you have some sort of a buddy for the only hatchling?

    Scott
     
  8. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    no worries scott.

    there are loads of other birds for it to keep company as well as adult turkeys
     
  9. scottcaddy

    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

  10. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    I have been asked many times about predators and said we dont really have any.

    I was wrong.

    A month ago Bernie used the green "chicken wire" to make a roof over the coops as some of the local chickens were flying up and over the 7 foot fence to get in. Above the gate to the large pens is a 4 inch gap. Last night a cat killed 3 of the one month old Guinea Fowl and a RIR pullet. Bernie saw it exiting.

    It also stole the dried fish Bernie's family was going to eat for dinner.

    Its days are numbered.

    The gap in the screen has been closed.

    One animal I truly hate is the feral cat. This confirms my hatred.
     

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