Category Archives: feeding

Pipping started midday yesterday

2:30a.m.   December 5th, 2015

NOTICE: In 3 days there will be some site shut down for 15 minutes and disruption while the site is upgraded.

Using the application VLC on a PC,  I’m able to hook up an old web cam to watch the progress of my eggs in the incubator.

I imagine when I get some time I will serve that straight to this web site.

The nice thing about that is I can work on my Mac and keep an eye on the progress of the chicks unzipping in order to hopefully be there in time to remove the egg before it makes a mess.

I’ve come up with some nice modifications to the off-the-shelf feeders.  I cut the bottom part of a vinegar bottle off, then cut a hole the size of the part that screws together and fit it to the feeder and cut arches in it along so there is less spillage of the feed on the floor of the chicks cage.

I cut the pattern using a fine tipped soldering iron.

Also took a lemonade bottle, cut a small vent hole in the top of the lid going through the plastic with the lid attached and invert that into a small metal desert dish.  The hole will be set at the water level when the jar is turned upside down.

These efforts are in order to keep the pens clean and not waste product.

I’m watching and hearing the chick makes it’s move right now.  Whenever I attempt at removing the egg and put it in it’s nursery, the process seems to stop.  So I put it back in the incubator.

I hear faint chirps.

The process seems to follow growth patterns of the chick as it fills the void of the shell, and needs to stretch.  I think when it feels jammed in is when it awakes and pushes outward.

Oh Wow, a bear if eating out of our trash can out front.  Tinker is going ballistic.  Yell a the thing, and it acts like you don’t exist.  I slammed the door over and over, no effect.  I’m not sure what was in the trash can.   We don’t usually put things out that might attract bears unless it’s the night before pickup.  (Adrenaline Rush.)