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Old 04-15-2014, 11:46 PM
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Look what I scored!

It's an antique solid redwood incubator. Built by Leahy for Favorite, it's a model 416.

And what makes it sweet is- it runs. Fan is smooth, thermostats work, got the original egg trays, egg turners, water pans and thermometer/hygrometer.
Guess what I gave for it--- zero! Co-worker found it in a garbage pile while making a road trip. He was quick enough to spot it, realised what it was, turned around and picked it up. When he returned to work he gave it to me.
I figure it for a 1950s vintage. Leahy was in business from 1883 to 1983. This is real danger for me. Limiting factor on my hatching has always been incubator space, this thing holds nearly 400 eggs.
Going to take me a few days to get it operational. Needs a door gasket, a good cleaning and some minor repairs.
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That is a great find, beats the hell out of my styrofoam incubator! Although I did have a hen go broody two days ago so I separated her and but ten eggs under her to try for some California Greys.
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Best pick I've seen in a while. Just the heart redwood is $1000.
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I like that and want one and don't even have any chickens
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Does it hard boil them??? I could make tons of egg salad.
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Does it hard boil them??? I could make tons of egg salad.
May be the reason the guy sold it.....;?
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Stupid question from a city person.

What the hell do you do with 400 chicken eggs that hatch?
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Originally Posted by bjm9818 View Post
Stupid question from a city person.

What the hell do you do with 400 chicken eggs that hatch?
Feed the chicks!
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Originally Posted by bjm9818 View Post
Stupid question from a city person.

What the hell do you do with 400 chicken eggs that hatch?
With
Easter Sunday this weekend;?
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have one hell of a big BBQ--
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Chicken down pillows??? ;?
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I recently went to a chicken swap at one of the local tractor supply stores, I sold most every chicken I had to "green" people. It's the new yuppie rage to be aware of where you food comes from. So they go to chicken swaps buy a rooster for $10, take him home, feed him $10 worth of "organic" feed. Then decide they don't have the guts to do the deed. They then bring him back to the chicken swap, where I buy my rooster back for $5. Then I turn around and sell him again!

Just got one group out of the incubator, 15 pullets, 16 cockerals. 31 live chicks out of 41 eggs started. Best hatch I had this year so far. All sold.

Getting another set ready to go in tomorrow afternoon. These will be Rhode Island reds and barred rocks. No more sexlinks for me.

My black copper Marans project is progressing on schedule. Look like I got lucky with the lemon cuckoo Orpingtons, I got a true pair.

The redwood incubator is up and running. I pulled the heater coils and made sure their was no rat nest in there. I also replace the door gasket and both thermostat wafers, total repair cost $22. Got the temperature regulated to 99.5*. The next set of eggs will go in there if it proves reliable.
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Here it is up and running in the shed.
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Great find, congratulations!
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Sweet!
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That is really cool! Think someone probably dumped it not knowing what they had and 100 years ago 90 percent of the population would have known what that was. Pretty cool how they made things to last back then too. Keep us in the loop on how she works for you.

Regarding TSC store, we have the same thing here. Their DOC business is really good. I used to be a regional representative for a feed company and made the rounds to all the feed mills. Those feed mills are all shut down now but it seems that stores like TSC are finding a small niche. Plus there is a lot of margin on the bagged feeds they sell.
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I know the TSC in our town seems to be doing pretty good. Me, I'm sticking with my longtime local mom and pop feed store. They treat me very well, giving me small incentives, like .50 a bag discount if I buy 10 or more bags. Also they will special order any type of feed I want, if it's not in regular stock. With the discount and service I come out way ahead.

Checked the incubator this morning, 99.8*, seems to be running well. I'm going to put a test hatch of 40 eggs in it this afternoon. In the mean time, I'm got to figure out how to retro fit auto turners. The incubator trays are fitted with a simple manual turner.

Also I have got to find out what is used to sanitize the incubator after each run. My normal bleach/water mix isn't going to do the job here. I'm going to have to find something to fumigate it, way too many nooks and crannies to use a spray bottle.
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I don't sell chicks to the Easter crowd. Not my idea of ethical. People buy 1 or 2 chicks, bring them home only to find out that the thing SH!ts and eats, most die of starvation or neglect.
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Originally Posted by twentynine View Post
I know the TSC in our town seems to be doing pretty good. Me, I'm sticking with my longtime local mom and pop feed store. They treat me very well, giving me small incentives, like .50 a bag discount if I buy 10 or more bags. Also they will special order any type of feed I want, if it's not in regular stock. With the discount and service I come out way ahead.

Checked the incubator this morning, 99.8*, seems to be running well. I'm going to put a test hatch of 40 eggs in it this afternoon. In the mean time, I'm got to figure out how to retro fit auto turners. The incubator trays are fitted with a simple manual turner.

Also I have got to find out what is used to sanitize the incubator after each run. My normal bleach/water mix isn't going to do the job here. I'm going to have to find something to fumigate it, way too many nooks and crannies to use a spray bottle.
I here ya on the Mom and pop feed store. If I had one close by I would use it. Heck, even the local Southern States shut down My biggest beef with the TSC is that they are marketing to yuppies. I want some animal protein in my feed and they have all these "all vegetable protein" feeds. Birds do a lot better on a vegetable/animal protein mix. Also, keeps the litter dryer in the brooder. Plus, the darn birds want to eat meat. So I have to buy a small bag of some fishmeal based nugget to toss in the feed. I pm'd you on the disinfect idea.
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I want some animal protein in my feed and they have all these "all vegetable protein" feeds. Birds do a lot better on a vegetable/animal protein mix. Also, keeps the litter dryer in the brooder. Plus, the darn birds want to eat meat. So I have to buy a small bag of some fishmeal based nugget to toss in the feed.
Does the fish meal give the eggs or meat any fishy taste?

A friend just butchered their hog and gave me the liver and I was considering grinding it up and giving it to my chickens but wasn't sure they would eat it.

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