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Date Posted: 23:00:43 07/10/08 Thu
Author: Dave H
Author Host/IP: 66.66.22.111
Subject: Re: First hatch - reply to Rhonda
In reply to: Rhonda 's message, "Re: First hatch - reply to Rhonda" on 21:45:17 07/10/08 Thu

Rhonda,

I used the mesh precisely because of boinking. It's attached to the rim of the tub with binder's clips about every 6 inches all the way around. They wouldn't have been able to get past it. But I'll find a different way to cover the tub to keep heat in.

My flood lamp is on a dimmer, so I can change the amount of heat as needed. Originally I planned to build cages for the adult birds from wood and hardware cloth, but my fiancee has offered to give me a large, low cage that she used to keep rabbits in. I'll pad the top of that with bubble wrap.

I agree a smaller number of eggs is probably a good idea for the next try. Saying I got one to hatch out of six sounds better than saying I got one out of eighteen. (Grin) I'm going to make a few changes on my incubator first though. I made one from a styrofoam cooler, and I put brick chips in the bottom to help hold the heat. But the chick that hatched managed to get out of the egg tray and into the rocks. So I'll just take them out. The thermostat I built for it does a good job of maintaining the temperature within a degree up or down.

Dave

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