Hi there

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by junkyarddog87, Nov 16, 2014.

  1. junkyarddog87

    junkyarddog87 Hatching

    Nov 16, 2014
    Hi there from riverina of nsw Australia, a couple of months ago the kids, wife and I decided we would keep a few chickens for ourselves and have since ended up with quite a few...

    Being a scrap metal merchant part time and working in a fruit and veg shop we had the means to build a house for almost nothing and plenty of treats....

    The house was built based around a large kids swingset frame I picked up in a load of scrap, combined with other steel from here and there, also with some mesh and roofing iron I picked up at the rubbish tip one afternoon.

    We bougth a cheap 12 egg incubator from ebay and got some eggs from my father in law, he has a mixof isa browns and white leghorns in his flock, the leghorn being the only rooster, of the 12 we put in we had some issues with the incubator (and a couple of dodgy eggs) and got 6 chickswhile that lot of eggs were in at day 7, next door had a broody sitting on one egg that she didnt want sitting so I took that egg and plonked it in the incubator as well... I'm not sure what breeds are in that one, but we have a pretty meaty stripy chick wandeirng around!

    While all the eggs were in the incubator we got impatient and bought 4 12 week old pullets from Brian larkin poultry, they have just started laying now and we are getting a few eggs now. They are supposed to be commercial crossbred reds, but one is really light, who knows, she's the best layer of the lot and loved cuddles from day one from the kids...

    The chicks are at 6 weeks old now, since about 4 weeks they lived outside inside the house we built within a large rabbit cage until the last couple of days where we have let them out suringthe day with the others, the chicks are like little puppies and jump all over us when we go inside to talk to them!

    in the last trip to the inlaws we picked up some eggs again, (7 I think, I cant remember) but had other dramas with the incubator but now have 3 very healthy little babies a week old in the brooder inside the dining room

    Things we have learnt about incibating eggs for ourselves....
    -cheap incubators are not as good as expensive ones (janoel 12, was $75 from ebay, would maybe fit 12 bantam eggs if lucky)
    -we got a better result out of manually turning our eggs than using the auto turner
    - always keep an eye on water level, (we lost a couple out of the last lot when I forgot to check for 3 days and dried the whole incubator out)

    all in all the kids are having fun, we currently have 14 healthy birds and have to build a second house. being from a quite rural family down the track we would like to grow some meat birds but thats for the future...

    Up next - a good friend of mine from several hours away wants us to try and incubate her some guinea fowl eggs and raise them enough to live on her block, she isnt due for a visit for a while but until then the incubator is cleaned, stored and ready to go....

  2. N F C

    N F C booooo!

    Dec 12, 2013
  3. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] so glad you joined us.
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So glad you could join our community!

    Yes, a good incubator is essential to a good hatch. Nature has it's own quirks when it comes to hens in the wild, but us humans have to be exact to hatch a clutch of eggs. If you keep an eye on your incubator at all times, things go smoother. Many times your first hatch is one big experiment. You will get better with each successful hatch you have.

    Enjoy this wonderful poultry journey you are on and welcome to our flock!
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    G'day and welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. Based on your description, it sounds like you probably have Red Sex Link hens (frequently marketed in Australia under the label, Isa Browns). If so, they are egg laying machines. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    G'day and welcome to backyard chickens. There are many experienced hatchers that have poor results even from expensive incubators., so don't feel badly. I think you are doing very well. BYC has a large aussie community and you can find many at "Australia, six states and one funny little Island. Glad you joined the flock [​IMG]
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!

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