Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Table Bird Progress

Well, there you go. True to form the chicks hatched early and caught me unprepared. They shouldn't have hatched until Wednesday, but yesterday (day 19) the peeping emerged from the incubator. A quick trip to Bunnings on the way home after work, and a couple hours in the shed after dinner allowed me to put the final touches on the brooder. All up the brooder cost $19, made up of a $10 entertainment unit from the tip shop laid on its back, a couple bits of old stud screwed on for legs, an old cupboard door we had laying around for the lid, and a $9 150W external light from Bunnings as the heat source. The chicks made it through the night, so it's all good! Hoping for at least a 70% success rate, so expecting another 10 to hatch today, fingers crossed. We started with 29 eggs, candled them at day ten and 5 were not fertile and 1 was not looking right, so we were left with 23 eggs, of which 5 have now hatched.

Mobile Office

I've spent a lot of time in my car lately, travelling around for work. I don't like it much (bit hard to get work done while you're driving) but little moments like this make up for it. Lunch on the St Helens wharf.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Next project = table birds

OK, so we've done the pig thing, and will again in about January.

In the mean time we've bought these:

sussex eggs

which should hopefully give us some of these
Light sussex
and then lots of these
Roast dinners
Light sussex chickens make great table birds, and they're pretty good layers too. A trip to the local pawn shop secured the incubator. We placed an ad on a chook forum looking for some fertile sussex eggs and a lady not far from where we live responded. 2 1/2 dozen eggs were place in the incubator last night. 21 days to go! Apparently incubating eggs can be a bit hit and miss, but we'll keep you posted on how we go. Nothing ventured nothing gained!

Home again, home again bacon and ham