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  • Does anyone know anything about the Sportsman incubators?

    Specifically GQF Cabinet Incubator Model 1502 Sportsman

    It’s only $1099 plus postage and handling…

    Yes I know. Probably overkill… 😆

    BUT if I went for a TurboFan Auto Turn Hovabator for incubating PLUS a still air manual Hovabator for hatching (so I can stagger my hatchings) it…[Read more]

  • I agree Bella, I like using broodies too. In the last couple of months I have had 4 broody hens hatch out chicks and I like doing it that way… But sometimes my hens won’t go broody when I want them to. 😆 I’m thinking more of a backup than as a fulltime deal. If I hatch a dozen silkies in the incubator, then hopefully I will have some…[Read more]

  • Thanks chooken! I was wondering about a second unit to use as a hatcher… I never thought of just buying a manual version. I’ve been looking on ebay and the manual hoverbator’s go for a hundred or so less than the auto ones. I wonder if Hubby would let me buy both….

    And as for the name, I have to admit it just sounded like a fun random name…[Read more]

  • Ooh Caddie which side of Perth? 😀

    The landlords I have now are WONDERFUL. We’ve been here more than two years now and the only time they’ve set foot on the place was to fix a broken tap outside at our request. We asked if we could build a dog yard with the posts that were already sunk in a square (obviously a chookpen or something previously)…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic slaters query in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 5 months ago

    Yup, I’m in WA. Guess we’re just lucky….sigh.

    Actually when I go hunting slaters (which is kind of therapeutic) I’ve found maybe half a dozen different kinds. Flat one and roundish ones and ones that jump like fleas when they’re babies, and even a couple of orange ones. They were actually really pretty but I still gave them to the chooks. 😀

  • replied to the topic slaters query in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 5 months ago

    I’ve read over and over again that slaters are mcuh aligned heroes who do no damage to living plants.

    HA!!! For months I believed that and heartily blamed the snails for decimating my seedlings, then one night, whilst out hunting snails, I stopped to look upon my bok choy seedlings. There, a good 3-4 inches above mulch level, were a swarm of…[Read more]

  • Mine never fruited at all, until now. They looked lovely and helahty and leafy over spring and summer, and NOT one flower turned int fruit, then over winter they turned all ragged and bunrt, and NOW they are fruiting. It’s crazy.

    Anyway I am pampering them and taking off the burnt leaves, and new leaves are replacing them, and I’m hoping they…[Read more]

  • I don’t think people should get cheap eggs if it’s at the cost of the comfort and life of another animal.

    I’m not saying chooks are more important than humans.
    But humans have no right to lord it over other animals and treat them like mass-produced junk with no value (other than money) just because we ‘need’ cheap food.

    Battery eggs are evil.…[Read more]

  • There is no way I would go into debt for a wedding. I can’t understand the mindset of someone who would… I understand that it’s a special day for a lot of people, but a) it can be special without costing a lot of money, and b) it’s just one day.

    I think ours probably cost around $500.
    $150 for the celebrant
    $200 for my dress (which I was…[Read more]

  • Our latest was 7kWh a day, I think. Our best was 4Kwh a day, which is what I’m striving to get back to…
    We have an electric stove and an electric HWS though… yuck. Renting, or I’d change both.

  • I’ve seen that baker’s oven before and it looks good, but I wondered if it was less efficient than a smaller stove… I mean, does it need more wood and take longer to heat up to cooking temperature than a stove with a smaller distance between the fire and the heating parts?

    I think I’m leaning towards a stove now… or a potbelly with an oven.…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Dumb onion question in the forum Vegetables 12 years, 9 months ago

    Hmm…. all of my onions split. I’ve never met one that doesn’t, but maybe it takes a while so most people never wait around to see? I have to admit I don’t know if I ever got around to eating my onions. Just kept growing them as a kind of experiment… haha.

  • replied to the topic Dumb onion question in the forum Vegetables 12 years, 9 months ago

    I used to grow onions – just by planting the ones that started sprouting, and if you leave them long enough, the tops grow tall and green, and then flower and seed, and die off, and come back next year… and at some point during the season the bulb DOES split kind of, and form more, smaller onions. Then I would dig them up, separate the bulbs…[Read more]