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My Midget Whites are hatching

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by mamawolf544, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

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    My poults are hatching, the little darlings are early but they are hatching. Now I have to house poults all winter. [​IMG]
     
  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Congratulations!
     
  3. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    I feel for you, I did that one winter. it was a toss up as to who was going to make it thru until it got warm enough and they grew enough to go out, them or me. We all made it just barely. lol

    Steve
     
  4. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

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    Quote:That's what i'm afraid of. [​IMG] I already have another bator full of duck and goose eggs and we know how NASTY they are.
     
  5. marquisella

    marquisella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have week old Freedom rangers & a couple of turkey poults in a brooder in my barn, today it was 9 degrees F at 7am..

    I just use a regular light bulb, usually 75w with the reflector on it about 5 inches over the chicks heads. They come & go under it as they need.

    I use a shelf unit with 3 shelves, wrapped around with hardward cloth, and then with a canvas tarp that holds in the heat.

    I put the waterer near the light so it doesn't freeze. I have learned to put 2 lights in each section in case one bulb burns out during the night...I learned that the hard way.

    I've been hatching & brooding during the winters for 3 years now.

    As I get more young hatchlings, I move the older chicks down, so the upper shelf is the warmest.

    Here are pictures of the unit when I was first building it.

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    The tarp is held on with plastic clamps. I have it so it opens in the middle right in front of the doors, so I only have to open the tarp enough to open a door.

    You can't see the tarp well in the photos as I opened it up to expose the whole front for the photos. /the tarp covers the entire shelf from top to bottom when it is closed.

    Sue
     
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2010
  6. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

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    Quote:That is a great set-up. We have a bunch of pens I hand on the wall but we have not brought them in the barn yet. But that will be DH's project next week when he gets home from work.
     

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