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. Sally Sunshine

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

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    oh NO! they are very very touchy! I only use mine for hatching now, but I dont let anyone else touch it! Mine is wearing out because of the grate in the bottom, only so many holes punched in with roof nails to hold that wire down and then to take them out to clean and bacl in, but at least I can stagger hatches!

    Awesome, Cant wait to see you build it!! YAY!!
     
  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    I rigged up a chinese digital thermostat to the styrobator and will run it for 2 days looking at min and max temps. my hovabators are awesome compared to this junk. the thermostat on the bator is like a sticky throttle on a V8 muscle car
     
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    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

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  5. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    forget that place!!!!
    don't do it OZ
    don't anger the chicken Gods [​IMG]
     
  6. I'm on page 7. This is crazy!!
     
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  7. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Its hard to believe that page 7 was less than 4 weeks ago. I am getting scared with how fast time is flying.
     
  8. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    The 36 immigrant chicks are now out of the brooder and inside the coop. With minimum temps of 78 at night and 84 during the day, there is no need to pay for a light 24/7.

    An 80 watt light uses 40KW of power in 3 weeks. That's $4.00 per week. When Bernie and Analou are on the place without us, thats almost the same amount of power they use with the pump, their house and the security lights! Compact FC lights are standard and cheap there. I use 11 watts for security and 7 watts in the houses. A 5 minute blast in a 1200w microwave uses as much power as a 13 watt light bulb does in 70 hours. As its pitch black around us, a little light goes along way. LPG is cheaper there. We pay 50 bucks for a 120lb cylinder swap.

    Mrs Oz could not make it out to check on the goats (and chickens) so she is sending a camera with my father-in-law to get some pictures.

    3 weeks of age. I reckon in 16 more weeks we should be seeing eggs.

    I was toying with a very quick trip over on Presidents day weekend but its just too soon. I cannot afford the luxury financially nor professionally. My schedule will be Easter (end of March), Labor day weekend (Lorenzo's birthday), 4th July weekend, Memorial day weekend (Antonias birthday), Nov 2 weekend (my birthday) and Christmas. That's 75000 miles with my bum stuck on a blue cloth hard seat. Mrs Oz will probably be here Early April (her birthday), mid summer and Thanksgiving. We do our best to keep Philippine Airlines in business.

    With 8 trips between we could theoretically carry 2034 pounds of checked in luggage. I theoretically could also import 500-1000 eggs!!! LOL. I wont. Once I get 7-9 breeds going there, I hope to be self perpetuating - maybe one load every now and then to keep the blood lines fresh.

    There are so many other things to carry. Solar power and a wind turbine are on my list.
     
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  9. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    I miss your humor pig. I could not find a rental in my price range with a yard. Maybe hatching a few eggs here and there will suffice.
     
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    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

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