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

    We ended up with 40 chicks. We had more cochins hatch as well as Salmon Faverolles and a Mille Fluer Leghorn. Thats around 20% if you added all the non-candle-able marans into the eggs considered viable, its more like 30% if you remove them. We still are suffering from oversized wet chicks that pip and poop out. This included all the banty choc orps, speckled sussex and Banty rocks that pipped.

    We still have pheasant, guineas and ducks to go, then the bator house will go into lockdown until Thanksgiving.

    Our next hatch will be rather specific breeds as well as heritage birds. I am targeting, Cream Legbars, Marans, Sussex Silkie and Bresse.

    We currently have around 200 chickens of varying sizes and ages. My goal is to get the number down to no more than a hundred "full time" chickens.

    By November the monsoon will be over and much less humid. The bator house will get a little remodel when I am there. We will divide it into 2 rooms. One for hatching and one for incubating. The incubation room will be 12x4 with lined interior walls and a ceiling. A room dehumidifier will be set to run at 45% humidity, bringing the incubators down to 30% when at heat.

    I also will set up an older mini fridge with a thermostat to run at 55-60F to store our local eggs for hatching.

    The adventure continues.
     
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  2. Bens-Hens

    Bens-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    And WHAT an adventure it is!

    Fingers crossed I will be able to come see for myself in the New Year!
     
  3. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    We cant wait.

    Come November we will hatch up a couple of hundred mixed breeds to give away as part of the Chicken Mission. I will put a Black Roo over Barred Hens so I can sex link. By then we should be able to set about 30-40 eggs a week from those crosses. 3-4 weeks should be enough to add to the 80 mixed we have growing out now.
     
  4. scottcaddy

    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Thanks for that link, I didn't even know that info was available to the common man!


    Scott
     
  5. scottcaddy

    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    And while looking at all of the info on that page I seen that Mr. OZ was #8 in all time ovations for an article!
    Way To Go Oz!!

    Scott
     
  6. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    The good news is you can sex Cream Legbars by color. I have all yellow/brown with no chipmunk striping. That means all roos. Great for making blue egg layers by covering leghorns and andalusians but not so good for breed propagation. Looks like I will be doing some grovelling come November.

    I did not mention we also have 2 of LaPalma Chicks Swedish Flower Hens. [​IMG]
     
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  7. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

  8. Phage

    Phage Mad Scientist

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    40 chicks is only a mini-monster hatch and still awesome, as every chick that hatches over there after all its been through is amazing. Also these chicks are the hardy ones that have made it with local conditions (and in monsoon season), and may be the better breeding stock for the Philippines.
     
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  9. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a black english orpington would would fit the bill IMHO
     
  10. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a silkie hen that throws chipmunk stripped babies
    she can also throw white babies which could be either sex
    i think she is mixed with a little cochin but she sure loves to brood eggs
     

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