Monday, May 23, 2011

The Incubator

After the fox got 7 of my 8 chickens I was pretty upset. The one remaining bantam was pretty upset too so we didn't waste too much time in buying 3 more Isa Brown hens to put back into the hen house.

In the meanwhile, one of the Playgroup Mum's heard of my plight and lent me her incubator and some eggs that should be Silkie Bantams when they hatch. I have to turn the eggs twice a day for 18 days, then leave them for two days and I should have chickens about then.  The incubator is set at 37 degrees and you have to make sure water is always in the bottom.  It is also important to try to sit the eggs with the fatter end slightly elevated.


I have labelled the eggs with a 1 on one side, and a 2 on the other to help keep track of which side is which.

The photo below was taken on day 5. You can see spider veins forming which is the start of the chicken growing.  Since day three I have been candling my eggs every night to watch the change in the egg development.  It is all a little bit fun.  I was given 12 eggs and I think 9 are good at this point.

Last night was a bit of a worry with a big storm going over and a 6 hour blackout.  I sent the Mr out into the rain to grab the fluffy bantam and I put her in a box with the eggs to try to keep them warm so they would be ok.   Fingers are crossed!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Fat Possums

Not everything we fix around here is exciting.  The bracket for this down pipe used to fall down the beam when the fat possums used to run up and down it.  Given the pipes had not been glued this made everything come adrift, not great for catching water.  New and improved made with another upright support in the middle of the pipe.  This is now welded in place and the pipes have been glued.

This is a very bad photo of one of the fat possums in question.  I was inside the kitchen and this fellow sat on the hot water system to peer in and say hello.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Water Trough

A water trough does not sound like a big thing, but when we moved in nothing was plumbed in so we had to fill up bath tubs from a hose to water stock.  This makes it hard to get away for a weekend, especially in hotter weather.

We sat a large round trough in the middle of a small fence line the Mr and his Dad pulled out.  The Mr made a steel panel to go over the trough then they rebuilt the fence.  This means the one trough waters both paddocks up the top end which is handy.

This trough runs off the bore, but when the water table gets low (as it is now) we can pump in to the tank that feeds it too.  This trough had a broken bung and was left here when we moved in.  It was a simple fix to get it working and in use.

Things are slowly improving around here!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Nellie's Calf

On Friday we had a warning of what Winter will have to offer with a cold snap.  The trees all dropped their leaves en-masse and Nellie decided to have her calf.

It is a very cute Black Baldy of unknown sex at this point. 

edit 16/5/11.  It's a girl!  This means Possum has told us her name is Lola.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wild Pigs

Spotted while out for a walk last Sunday...

There were a few but this one swung around my way and I managed to snap a quick shot on the small camera I just happened to have in my pocket.

The horse does not look happy!