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. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    yeah well.. my husband is the cat person. I prefer dogs.. and emus!

    I'm convinced that cats are evil.. I have seen them planning things... [​IMG]
     
  2. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

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    adding 5 - 10 extra pounds!! living it!!! uggggg
     
  3. Leah21

    Leah21 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well...it took me a couple of days, but I read the whole thread! I saw your post over on the BLRW thread and thought...how in the world did he get them to the Phillipenes! Thank you for sharing your story...Very Intertaining!!!

    AND I spent some time outside with my kiddos today and I sat next to my coop/run & told my Australorp (Dixie) all about it...and she had plenty to tell me. So funny hearing about everyone's chatty Australorps. I love mine...the BAs are the CUTEST chicks!

    Best of luck to you and your family! Your little one in your avatar is ADORABLE!!! [​IMG]
     
  4. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm


    I was going to work on about 6 ladies and a roo per 24sq feet for the breeders. That way I can assess the roo's performence and adobo him if he is shooting blanks. I should be gather 20 - 35 eggs in a week from those six hens. If I do all seven breeds, thats probably 200 eggs a week into a bator. Too much for me to handle without a major capital and human resource investment - so I will just collect the eggs for incubation from just the 2 days prior to setting. That way I also dont have to worry as much about keeping eggs at 60 degrees. This is an almost unatainaable temperature in the Philippines. A fridge is 40F while the ambient temp is 83F. Out bedroom AC when we need it is set at 78F. I need a fridge running full time with special thermostat to keep it in the sixties - an expense I am not ready for.

    Piglett: Get that roo in shape or make him the easter lunch. I need some Brittish Orps come May!! LOL - I can also take them 4th of July. Or Labor Day.
     
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  5. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm


    Welcome to the thread Leah21. I am glad you found it.

    I think I have a supplier for BS for the next chicken run. I am also going to make a sign to the BYC San Diego Meet-up on the 9th. Maybe I will get lucky.

    I will take a few more BLRW eggs - I ended up with 6 chicks from 8 eggs. I plan to maintain the number of hens at 10 and 2 rood for each purebred. Some breeding in special coops, others in the general flock for reserve. I figure I will need another 16 BLRW eggs.
     
  6. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm


    Antonia had her second birthday at Jollibee - so she went as a bee. SHe has an amazing smile




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    Lorenzo on his first day of school - at 16 months!
     
  7. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

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  8. Squeaky McMurdo

    Squeaky McMurdo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 ferrets and a Jack Russel Terrier to take care of any mice or rats around here. Who needs a cat?
     
  9. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    either he gets the job done in there or he gets the cleaver!!
    i have an 8x10 area for him & the girls , just have to finish things up in there
    then i'll start checking the eggs that come from in there
    the nest boxes are only 10" square which will never work for my big britt girls
    i'm going 14" square, that sould give em some room.
    i may also do a little bottom trimming on all of them
    if he still isn't hitting the mark then he is all done!!!!



    piglett
     
  10. Bulldogma

    Bulldogma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG - Your kids are beautiful!! I know you must be a very proud papa!
     

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