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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ozexpat, Dec 25, 2012.
I am a true blue, fair dinkum, mad Aussie for sure!
Satay Chicken - yum
I am glad you came out from under the coop.
The Philippines is a place that scares many Americans but is widely popular in most other areas of the world as a tourist destination. A Shanghai newspaper recently voted it the most romantic vacation destination. Anything I can do to un-shroud the Philippines to Americans is great. Yes there are trouble spots but its pretty simple - don't go to those areas. As the Philippines tourist commission says - Its More Fun in the Philippines!!
My brother in law is on his way back to the city with new pictures - hopefully of the goat and chicks.
We penned the local chicks today. They are a 4-5 weeks old. I want them to grow older and its this age we seem to lose them. Saying that, We have four are about 10 weeks old and free ranging looking good too.
Current count - 36 immigrant chicks, 1 local roo, 5 local hens, 2 pullets, 2 cockerels and 12 local chicks.
If the turkey starts laying, we will try incubating. We have had such bad luck trying to get a turkey dinner.
Mrs Oz still wants her Coturnix. She says she will oversee quail production at her parents place. Knowing her, she will be the quail queen of chicken country I am leaning towards A&M jumbo white. We might as well separate ourselves from the competition. How many eggs do y'all think I need to obtain in order to get 12 live chicks? I need to factor in shipping injuries as well as standard fertility rates.
One of our local hens decided to leave her 1 week old chicks to go sit on some more eggs. they are in the brooder (glad we have one)
I may have a sex linked breeding pair? waddayathink?
some of the Merkans
LOL.......He He He, Merkans...........HeHeHe, LOL
Incubating turkey eggs is super easy.. just remember to drop the temp a little just before hatch when you raise up the humidity (at first pip)
For the quail.. figure about 50% hatch rate on shipped eggs.. since they will be traveling by plane and the shells are VERY thin I would say to go with at least 50 .. should give you the 12 plus a few more.
You also won't see hairline cracks with the bare eye on quail eggs.. even small dents can get 'lost" with all the spots. So you can either candle every egg (like I do) or just plan on incubating extras to make up for any tiny cracks or dents.
Mrs OZ ROCKS!!! YAY so excited for her!! TAKE a ZILLION Quail eggs with for her, every kind you can snag! Why just one breed? she will be bored with just one breed!
Question: do you have any overhead predators in Philippines?