Greetings from new guy in Madoc, Ontario, Canada

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Dennis Linton, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. Dennis Linton

    Dennis Linton New Egg

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    Greetings folks! Old farm boy here in Madoc, Ontario (about half way between Toronto and Ottawa). Raised a lot of cattle and hogs and milked a lot of cows in my time but my chicken experience is limited. Forced into early retirement due to some health problems (nothing horrible), I have been putting together some things to provide reasons to get up in the morning and to occupy the time when I can get myself out the door.

    I have had a few (half dozen or so) chickens free ranging and laying eggs. I have one Light Brahma hen that is very productive in the egg production - still laying 50-60% going into her third year. Anyhow, decided to raise some replacements from her and recently acquired a young (8 months) Light Brahma roost. A week after introducing the pair, started collecting hatching eggs. Got to 10 in two weeks and installed them in my home made, computer controlled incubator (http://egg.dmlinton.net).

    I have a dozen colonies of honeybees at the moment and half a dozen rabbits, including a young Flemish Giant buck, being delivered this afternoon.

    I have some questions on candling brown eggs at the moment and will post on the appropriate board in a few minutes.

    Best regards,
    Dennis
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Hello, Dennis, welcome to BYC and good luck with the incubation. Sounds like the sort of hen to build a flock around.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Very nice to meet you Dennis. You sound like a very handy person to have around. You can also post on "Canadians, check-in-here thread." Great way to meet neighbors.

    People often post how to's & photos of their homemade incubators and I bet yours would be a great candidate for tech wise folks.[​IMG]
     
  4. Dennis Linton

    Dennis Linton New Egg

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    Thank you. Yes, she seems to be the 'old reliable'. One of the things that I like about the Brahmas is their cold tolerance for some of the wild Winters we get here in Ontario. I just turn on a heat lamp if nights are to go below about -15C (about 5F) and the Brahmas seem happy enough. That rose comb helps too.

    - Dennis
     
  5. Dennis Linton

    Dennis Linton New Egg

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    Thanks. I was thinking of doing an incubator howto - its an Arduino Mega doing the supervision and control, a multiple relay board for turning fans, three 25 W lights (heaters) and humidifier (fish tank aerator bubbling a Mason jar of water) on and off, three DS18B20 temperature sensors, a DHT22 temperature/humidity sensor. It is all in a Langstroth deep 10 frame bee box with rigid insulation bottom and sides. I use a laptop to retrieve the Arduino serial data and display it as well as sending revised temperature and/or humidity control setpoints to the Arduino.
     
  6. mlm Mike

    mlm Mike Sunna and Mani

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  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  8. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi Dennis and welcome to BYC - great to have you onboard and please do share you incubator wizardry with everyone!

    All the best
    CT
     
  9. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    Hi Dennis, good luck with your hatch!
     
  10. Momx4ON

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    Hi Dennis.

    My family is hoping to move to your neck of the woods - we are looking at a place just south of the village in a week.
     

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