Chooks Chooks and more chooks

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The first hatching of the year is on the ground and now those chooks that we thought had been taken by dogs/foxes are running around with their own clutches. Don’t know how they survived on the ground with all the predators we’ve had lately.


Dusted off the incubator and filled it with a weeks worth of eggs from Bantams, Frizzles, Silkies, Rhode Island Reds and some crosses to see what results we would have this year. The trouble is…


… Jasper, our Russian Blue, thinks it is his special heat pad! This is the same cat who likes to hop into the wood fired oven and get toasty…








Had this old wardrobe left after kids moved out and needed a place to put my incubated chicks, works well.


With a hole saw I cut entrances to each box with heat pads in each one set on a different temperature. The first box has a lamp on a time which has now been replaced with a ceramic lamp that does not emit light and works on a thermostat.










Missing hen we thought had been taken but had hidden herself so well the foxes/dogs missed her. Here are some of our other breeds…

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Sold the first lot the other day thru FB! Still got more laying and sitting so get your orders in…



3 thoughts on “Chooks Chooks and more chooks

    munddr said:
    21/02/2016 at 22:46

    I must say you’ve got a great blog! I’m now looking to get that incubator you have there. Did you need to lift up the lid to fill up the water or to give it fresh air?

      Paul's aquaponics responded:
      21/02/2016 at 22:55

      Both, however if you put aquarium air tube in thru the vent you can add water to the two channels without removing the lid. That retains humidity and temperature. When a hatching occurs you can remove the lid after the chick has fluffed up, NOT BEFORE!!!

      Adding fresh air is not important as convection does the job for you.

      Paul's aquaponics responded:
      18/06/2017 at 20:44

      No need for new air, just water inserted into the base via a tube to keep humidity above 50%.

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