We have an incubator in our classroom – Part 1’The School Chickens’

It’s been a very busy week here in the shop- incubation season is starting.  So it’s probably way past time that I actually started the story of how we ended up with our ‘school chooks’: Bruce the rooster and the hens Dark Specks and Speckles – both of whom laid lovely brown eggs today.

We didn’t actually find out about  the incubator being in the classroom till a Friday afternoon, after school when ‘The Boy’ said “We’ve got eggs in our classroom.  They are going to grew into baby chickens.”  Naturally we were interested and so on Monday morning went to investigate.  There were 15 eggs, in a manual turn incubator and the teacher hadn’t been told much about it….so there was no water in the incubator and the eggs hadn’t been turned since they arrived.  Jeff and I looked at each other and started wondering where we could source some day old chicks, if the eggs didn’t hatch!  So we filled up the water tray, turned the eggs and volunteered to help.

The next day Jeff brought a candler to check the eggs out and to his amazement 14 of the eggs appeared to have growing chickens… and some were very close to hatching size.   So he filled up the  second water tray and we kept on eye on them everyday at drop off and pick up. I think the first chicken appeared on the  Thursday, because when I come to pick up the incubator on the Friday afternoon there were 2 chickens and some more eggs pipping.

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   …Continued in Part 2.  Got to dash to do the school run.  Take care Helen

Feeders for Ducks…

I got a question the other day, that made me think for few seconds.  ‘Have you got feeders for ducks?’  People ask about baby chickens all the time and I know exactly what feeders to show them but ducks need abit more room than chooks and don’t like the ‘guards’ that many of the poultry feeders have to stop the mess and waste.  After a little looking around…and consultation with Jeff (who knows all about the different sorts of birds and all of our stock!) I realized that we do actually have quite a few feeders suitable for ducks.  So if you do have ducks and need a feeder for them, these are some of the feeders you could consider.

10 or 18kg chute feeder.. from Italy.  These come in both chicken (not so high) and chook base and there is room for a ducks bill.

       FeederChick10Kg                             FeederPoultry18Kg

The Yellow plastic 7, 9 & 12kg feeders.  These have plenty of room for ducks (or geese) to feed and they are great value.

Yellow Feeder 7 Kg   Yellow Feeder 9 Kg    Yellow Feeder 12 Kg

 

If you don’t want the storage, the hanging metal troughs (available in several lengths) are another option.

Novital Feeder metal troughs

Happy duck feeding, Helen & Molly

Web Link to feeders: http://www.wapoultryequipment.net.au/categories/feeders-plastic-metal