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Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by The Sheriff, Jul 18, 2012.
That is fascinating! My only bacterial death was egg yolk absorbtion issues.
My dogs have packs
My son is a cub scout as well. have a parade tomorrow in Pleasant Valley. My wife is the den leader.
we love it. gets us off are rear ends as much as our son lol
It sure does! Our youngest is a Cub Scout also.
lol I meant to say Cub Scout. He is 8 and is a Bear
Mary )and others in northern CA), I hate to rub it in, but we are having the most wonderful thunderstorm up here in the mountains. Feels so good after dealing with all the heat!
I read today that 80 was closed at the CA Nevada border from a mudslide from a flash Flood! It is 104 here and a couple hours away it is raining so hard it is flooding....
But only the Isbars are dying, and I move their coop and run once to twice per week because I did wonder if it was in the soil- their coop and run were brand new, no birds had ever used them before the Isbars. They always lay in their nest box, which is a plastic milk crate with clean pine shavings. Eggs go from the crate to a disinfected egg tray on the kitchen counter, and I set the eggs every 7-10 days.
Yes. I have become meticulous about cleaning egg trays and hatching trays for each batch (and drying before they go back into the incubator), brooder is a plastic bin that is emptied, thoroughly scrubbed, bleached, and sun dried between sets of chicks. The last two sets though I have had two or three Isbar eggs in each incubated set actually start to seep so I knew there was bacteria in them. This confirms (to me) that all the Isbar eggs are contaminated at lay. I have Black Copper Marans, Ameraucanas, Cream Legbars, and several mixes I hatch out and none of them have these mortality problems. Yes I lose a chick here and there but usually obvious causes. They are all incubated together but I brood the Isbars separately.
I did recently buy Oxine but was so confused about the directions on the label about the activator that I haven't actually used it yet, usually I use either a bleach solution or hydrogen peroxide followed by white vinegar to disinfect. I did finally find an article that explained about the activator and that it disinfects just fine as is, and just this morning someone on another thread told me the dilutions to use (depending on the use, between 1/4 tsp and 2 tsp per gallon was what I was told). I am thinking I am going to do an Oxine dip (1/4 tsp to 1 gallon warm water, then set on a towel to dry without rubbing) for the next set of eggs.
I will definitely look around for Litter Life. Found their website just now.
Ooh that sounds nice.... we are finally a little cooler but some rain would be wonderful!
I use 1/4 tsp. of Oxine (never use the activator for home use) in a quart of water. I spray this on my incubator parts and put them in the sun to dry. If I have a really dirty egg, I will wash it in warm water and spray it with the same solution, then just let it air dry. Of course you could just spray a clean egg.
I also put 1/4 tsp. of Oxine in a gallon of water and this is what I use in my incubators for my humidity.