Heading into the ANZAC day long weekend and the surprising best seller for the last week or so has been the big cage dog traps we sell. The biggest of the traps here in the shop are the 120 and 180cm Dog traps and I got a lesson in just how big they are when we made up a bunch of them for a local order. Mostly they get sent out flat packed – heaps cheaper for freight – so you never truly get to see just how huge they really are. As this photo below shows – 2 of the 120cm traps packed up ready to box doesn’t really look that big :)
But get a few of them made up and you end up with a proper idea of their real size. The stack of traps on the right are the same 120cm dog traps, but made up.
Jeff in the process of making up the 180cm dog trap…
In order to test this huge 180cm long trap, the easiest way was to get Mr nearly 7 to get inside the trap and set it off. It worked perfectly but he wasn’t particularly happy about being ‘caged’.(Yes we let him out!)
It was terrier day (Molly and Thomas love visiting) at the shop and the stack of traps was still here. As the photos show, our dogs are dwarfed by these traps… but 5 or 6 kg terrier isn’t really the intended target! I’m told by the station guys up north that the dogs caught in these traps are getting so large that they aren’t only attacking baby calves but they are also taking on small steers.
To find these traps on the website: http://www.wapoultryequipment.net.au/categories/large-animal-traps
So for something new, I’m actually going to do another incubator review! Jeff gives me hass that there are more recipes on this blog than incubators. So todays topic: the cute little 16 egg semi-auto Cova Tutto incubator. Anyone who talks to me about incubators rapidly discovers my favourite of our range is the Italian Cova Tuttos. For me their big selling point is the ability to deal with any egg size. We have many customers who may start with ‘a few chickens’… who then find themselves the owners of some of bantams, a duck and eventually a couple geese – which they couldn’t say no to :)
The current model of the 16 egg Cova Tutto semi-auto incubator is a newer version of the one that hatched my rooster Bruce in our sons classroom. The Italians have smartly, now included 3 smaller globes (max 25W) rather than the one 60W globe of old. This gives advantage that if one globe does unexpectedly blow the other two keep temperature.
It also now has a very handy egg turning setup which allows it to fit into the Semi auto or Handle turn category. This allows all the eggs to turned in one motion rather than having to turn each egg individually.
This is a still air machine, there is no fan. It comes with a thermometer and complete instructions along with our hints & tips sheet. The water can be without lifting the lid via the external water pan. To be completely happy with the machine I ran it here at the shop and discovered that in our 24C room the incubator ran up to temperature in under 10mins – I usually suggest putting the incubator on a least 30 mins before putting eggs in it.
In fact with a new machine, if time allows, running it for a day or so to ‘get happy’ with how it works and reassure yourself that you it is working correctly can be useful it you are as pedantic as me :)
To find this incubator on our website: http://www.wapoultryequipment.net.au/products/incubator-cova-tutto-16-egg-semi-auto