Pheasant Hatching

November 20, 2002

Pheasant Hatching. . .
Pheasant HatchingAre you interested in raising pheasants?  They are an interesting game bird, and an interesting looking bird as well.  You can order pheasant chicks from many hatcheries, or you might be able to find a local breeder and save some cost on postage.  That also would allow you to buy fewer chicks at a time if you prefer, because hatcheries generally have a minmum order.  This is usually because they need enough chicks in the box to stay warm when they are mailed.

If you buy pheasant chicks, the following article has some good tips on how to take care of them.

So You Have New Pheasant Chicks?
Then You Need To Know How To Raise Them

Author: Jacob Cooperman

Chicks that happen to be hatched inside a incubator must stay in the incubator for a couple of days. Don’t get way too excited and take them out. Give them a while to comprehend that they’re now hatchlings and have to cope with their environment. Birds like quails, pheasants plus chickens can easily survive for three days with no source of drinking water or even food.

One very good thing about chickens is that when they’re still within the egg, days prior to they come out, the yolk is drawn towards the navel and travels off through the stomach of the young one. The actual yolk will serve as nourishment for transition of the baby chick from the moment it hatches, to the time it gains ample strength till it fluffs out and also becomes active to search the world with regard to food. Physically, no gain weight may happen yet you will see gain in activity, stature and also faculty use.

Upon noticing that chicks get interested with water drops or his companion’s toes, never mistook this as getting hungry but part of the transition stage where they figure out how to adjust as well as acquaint themselves with their particular environment. It’s the point of experimentation of the chicks. When evidences of experimentation are seen in such interest, a baby’s learning as well as exploration also comes in.

You’ll be able to take the hatchlings out after a day or perhaps 24 hours from the actual time that they hatched. Should you have forgotten there is babies remaining within the incubator and A couple of days has already passed, that would most likely be ok.

You’ll find three very important things you can do upon hatching of the baby chicks – brooder, feeding plus prevent them from drowning.

Brooder

This really is just like a baby chick’s second pit stop following life inside of a incubator. The brooder is sort of a incubator but is larger. It might be built or even purchased. The thing regarding brooders is you must provide your own heat lamp and also make certain that the temperature can be variable.

Prior to putting the chicks within the brooder, it’s best to have it set at an environment that the temperature is no less than 90 degrees. A 95-degree heat can be a start. You maintain the heat lamp right up until the actual 6th week. Through a 90-95 degree temperature, you may decrease the actual heat by 5 degrees each week till it gets to about 60-65 degrees by the 6th week.

Feeding

Once you place them outside the incubator, it’s important to ensure that there is already available food and water inside the brooder. By no means allow both of these necessities run out. They ought to always have some thing to put their beaks in to.

Babies should be fed with dry mash. Pheasant and hen chicks enjoy baby chick mash. Solid food just like grains is undoubtedly unsuitable. Grits aren’t needed when you choose to use mash feed. You are able to obtain all these in a feed store.

Drowning Prevention

Receptacles can be life threatening to baby chicks especially throughout the first week of inhabitation in the brooder. Should they be so active, they might drown themselves inside these receptacles. There is a explanation exactly why chicks like to flounder on water. It is said that as baby chicks which came out of an egg filled with fluid, they’ve got this urge to throw themselves in the water believing that it’s still their sac. This is true with younger birds. Nonetheless do not get worried, they will snap out of this when they grow older.

To help eliminate drowning make use of a water cup that is shallow instead of one which is deep.

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Pheasants Hatching!

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Dogs On Farm

May 10, 2002

No farm is complete without dogs.  Here’s a couple we have:

There are all kinds of dogs on the farm.  Not just on our farm of course, but all over the world.  There are many breeds that are in the working class, including such dogs as:

  • American Farm Collie
  • Anatolian Shepherd
  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Belgian Sheepdog
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Border Collie
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
  • Komondor
  • Kuvasz
  • Old English Sheepdog

 

Dogs can perform many useful functions.  Besides being great companions for people, they can be general guard dogs, or they can be livestock guardian dogs.  The latter type of working dogs are meant to stay with their charges all the time, and keep them safe from predators.

Here’s an unusual occupation for dogs on the farm…. catching rats:
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Who’ have thought?  Most of the time you think of cats as being the rodent patrol on a farm!

On our farmstead we happen to have a farm collie and a Maremma sheepdog.  But there many other good breeds for the farm.  Decide what you need the dog to do, then go looking at different breeds to see which most closely matches you needs.

Do keep in mind, however, that just because a breed is supposed to be good at a certain thing, like herding, once in a while a particular dog does NOT have the trait mentioned for that breed.  Dogs are individuals, and while most have the breed characteristics, it’s not a 100% given that every dog of that breed will.

To find the breed that will most likely suit your needs, check out a breed selector like the one found on Animal Planet.  It can help guide you through finding dogs that meet your needs.  You choose from the various criteria, like size of the dog, length of the dog coat, and more, to aide the selection process.

Choose wisely so both you and the dog will be happy with your choice!

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Quail Hatching

February 24, 2002

Quail Hatching. . .
Quail HatchingIf you are interested in raising quail, a good way to get started is hatching some eggs.  You can order them from hatcheries, or if you’re lucky, you might be able to find a friend or nearby breeder that has some for sale.

Here’s some information on how to hatch the quail eggs.  It always helps to learn as much as you can before trying this on your own.  Give yourself every opportunity to get a good hatch rate by doing it right!

Hatching Quail Eggs – Important Tips to Facilitate Egg Hatching

Author: G. Smitty

In the food industry bird eggs are commonly used in many dishes. They are known for their versatility and are very important in modern food business. Bird eggs that are usually used include eggs of duck, chicken, goose, emu, quail, gulls and ostrich just to name a few. In fact, quail eggs are a delicacy in many countries. They are considered to be a gourmet ingredient. Quail eggs can be obtained from local farmers, luxury grocery shops or poultry owners. Quail eggs can be used raw or in cooked form in sushi. Many countries you will find that a hard-boiled quail egg are used as a topping over hamburgers or hotdogs. Due to its universal and exotic appeal hatching quail eggs is a lucrative activity.

Firstly, you will need an incubator that can be used to hatch quail eggs. Try and go in for an incubator that does not require any external ventilation. In fact you must prefer an incubator that has ventilating holes to circulate the air within. This area is like a refuge and safe place to the eggs in the mother’s absence. Eggs are hatched and rested in the incubator.

When you are hatching quail eggs, place the eggs with the nose down in the incubator. This means that the small side must face downwards. For an equal incubation on both sides you could turn the eggs twice or thrice during the day. Eggs create their own energy and this energy is used for hatching. Maintain sixty five percent humidity in the incubator and ensure that the temperature is appropriate. Quail eggs take anywhere between twenty two to twenty five days for hatching.

The following tips will help you to hatch quail eggs:

1) Do not add too much water to the machine else it will raise the humidity. An advice here to you is that do not add any water during the incubation process.

2) If you have a still air machine you must set the temperature at 38.5-39 Celsius or 103.1-102.2 degree Fahrenheit. In case your machine has a fan that helps to circulate air, the temperature should be 38 Celsius or 100.4 degree Fahrenheit. You must keep a check on the temperature and at the same time do not adjust it several times once the eggs are in.

3) Before you place the eggs in the incubator let them stand at room temperature for a few hours.

4) Regularly turn the eggs for equal incubation. It is ideal to turn them once in the morning, once in the afternoon and lastly once in the evening. In case your incubator has an automatic turning machine ensure that it is working fine. After the fifteenth day you must not turn the eggs.

5) After 6 days it is possible to check fertility of the eggs with the help of a candling lamp. The embryo must be clearly visible and red in color. After 14 days in case the eggs have become fertile, there will not be light passing through. Take proper care to see that eggs are not overheated in the testing process. Another point to be noted is that it is not necessary that if they are fertile they will all make it out of the shell.

6) Do not open the incubator after the 15th day. Let the baby chicks dry out completely before you remove them.

7) Clean the machine properly after every hatch. The above tips will benefit you a lot and surely help you in hatching quail eggs.

About the Author – G. Smitty is a writer who loves to discuss many topics ranging from bobwhite quail eggs to professional basketball. Thanks for reading!

Coturnix Quail hatching in incubator

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Maremma Dogs For Sale

February 5, 2002

A Maremma Livestock Guardian Dog is a great help with sheep.  They stand duty 24/7, staying with their flock and watching over them.  They will also guard goats or other animals.  They bond closest to whatever animals they were kept with as pups, but that doesn’t mean they won’t look after other animals as well.

They are not as common as Great Pyrenees dogs, so are a little hard to find.  You may have to travel to obtain one.

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