Hatching Eggs of Quail

November 13, 2005

Hatching Eggs from Quail Birds. . .
hatching eggsQuail are a common type of gamebird.  Many people raise them as an additional income on the homestead, or just as a hobby.  Sometimes it’s a little bit of both!

Whatever the reason you have for wanting quail, if you want to hatch the eggs you need to know the best way to do it.  The following article has hints and tips for getting the best hatch rate from incubating quail eggs.

Hatching Quail Eggs – Important Tips to Facilitate Egg Hatching

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Farm Collies

August 22, 2005

farm collies

Farm collies are a great breed.  They’ve been around for years, in one variation or another.  We have an American Working Farm Collie.

He is a cross between an American Farm Collie and an old line of working Border Collies.

Instead of being focused on only one job, these dogs are supposed to be more diverse and an all-around helper on the farm.

Obviously, each dog is different, and has different strengths and weaknesses.

Of course, there are all kinds of farm collies! On the website for the American Working Farm Collie, it states that it features:

  • English Shepherds,
  • old-fashioned working collies,
  • Australian Shepherds,
  • Shetland Sheepdogs and
  • other Farm collie breeds.

It can get a little confusing, because quite often English Shepherds are also called Farm Collies.

They are considered “America’s Heritage Farm Dog” that are “working dogs, valued for their versatility, loyalty, and intelligence.” (From English Shepherd website)

So when someone says they have a farm collie, it could be a mix of some breeds, or one particular breed like the English Shepherd.

Each breed and each dog will have things that it does better, and those that maybe it doesn’t do as well. Generally speaking, however, these dogs are up to helping with many tasks on a homestead.

The bottom line is a well trained farm collie can be a HUGE asset around the farm!

And they can also provide some humor. 🙂 Here’s our farm collie barking at thunder. He feels it is his job to keep it away. And you know what? Sooner or later he barks long enough that it DOES go away!

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Pheasant Hatching Eggs

August 8, 2005

Pheasant Hatching Eggs. . .

Pheasant Hatching EggsGamebirds can be a nice addition to the homestead.  You can buy adult pheasants, or the chicks, to get started.

Another way to get into the business of raising pheasans is hatching the pheasant eggs.  Some people think of it as a business, and others consider it the start to a new hobby.   This can be fun or it can be a real bummer, depending on how good you are at understanding the right way to raise pheasants.

First you must feed them the right food,
Second they must be in the right environment.
Third, which includes maintaining the correct temperature.

There are a lot of good incubators available that will do an excellent job of hatching ringneck pheasant eggs. Follow the instructions that came with the incubator you bought, to find the right temperature and humidity settings.  You may need to experiment to see what works best for you in your area however.

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Incubator trays are constructed so that pheasant eggs can be positioned with small end down. There are a some incubators that will allow the pheasant eggs to be placed on their sides, which is the ormal hatching position.  There are some breeders who think this increases hatching success.

Ringneck pheasant eggs should be turned at least three times and preferably five times daily. If you have automatic turners, every two hours works well. Temperature readings vary slightly with different types of incubators. Ringneck eggs require from 23 to 24 days to hatch and for the chicks to dry off.

Whatever type of brooder facilities are used, be sure they have been disinfected and dried out.  Dry shavings or straw work well because they provide good footing and absorption.  Don’t use paper because it’s too slippery.  That could result in deformed legs.

The brood area should be sized according to the number of chicks. Day old – 2 weeks .25sq.ft per chick, 3 weeks – 6weeks .75 sq. ft. per chick. Outdoor grow out pens with ground cover should be large enough to provide 15-20 sq. ft. per bird.

Keep the chicks warm.  The easiest thing to use is heat lamps. For every 100 chicks you’re raising, at least one 250-watt infrared bulb.  Make sure to get a bulb with a red end.  That way it isn’t so bright and will help control cannibalism. The bottom of the heat lamp should be about 18 inches from the floor. The temperature at floor level should be 95-100 degrees.

Keep them shielded from drafts the first 5-7 days the pheasants are in the brooder. A circle of cardboard about 14-18 inches high will work fine. A circle with a diameter of 4 feet will be sufficient for 50 chicks (with the heat lamp in the center).

For food, there should be at least one 2 foot long feeder for each 50 chicks and 1 one-gallon waterer for each 75 chicks. Make sure the chicks can’t fall in the trough and drown.  If there is too much space, fill it with marbles to keep them out, but still allow them to get to plenty of water.

Until the chicks are six weeks old they should be fed a 28-30% protein medicated gamebird or turkey starter. The feed should be in crumble form. Never use a chicken feed at any stage of development.

This will give you a good start in pheasant hatching eggs.

Hatching Pheasant Eggs

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Top Working Dogs

June 15, 2005

If you wonder what the top working dogs are, here’s an article talking about the top ten… what breeds they are, and what’s good and bad about them.

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2009: Best pals Toby and Neffie.

However, I’d have to say that I wouldn’t call these the top ten working dogs for a farm.  I think the list would be a little different then, because you’d want to include livestock guard dogs and herding dogs in the list.
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Farm Dogs For Sale

January 11, 2005

Every farm needs a good farm dog.  If you’re looking for one, it’s probably a good idea to decide first just what kind of farm dog you want, although you could try a google search of “farm dogs for sale” and see what you come up with.

Decide first what you need the dog to do.  Is it just for companionship?  Or do you want it to act as a livestock guardian dog?  Do you need a dog to herd animals?  Most dog breeds are better at some things than others, so pick one that most closely matches what attributes would be most useful on your farm.

Once you choose your breed, try finding a national organization online for that breed.  Most of them have sections listing breeders, or giving you an idea where to find a dog.  You can also try a rescue dog, but if this is your first dog, I wouldn’t recommend it.  Sometimes it’s a little more difficult to re-train an older dog than start with a puppy.

Good luck with your search!

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