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American Paint Silkies & Showgirls

Kiddie Pool Brooders

Well I knew the day would come that we would outgrow Rubbermaid totes as brooder boxes. Last year at the end of summer Walmart put their plastic kiddie pools on clearance for $1. I have always liked these pools for our dogs to play in but they just don’t last forever. Well i ended up buying all the pools that they had. 14 of them in all. I set one up for our dogs to play in and the others just went into storage. Well we finally have gotten to the point where the small totes we were using as brooders was just not enough. What could we do? The plastic pools would work but the low sides were a massive disadvantage seeing they were only half as tall as the totes we were using. I am not someone who likes hacking up brand new stuff for a project but seeing a buck a piece is all I paid for the pools it was worth doing. Basically I sat 2 pools together top to top, drilled holes and used zip ties to attach the 2 pools together. Once I was finished attaching them together I cut the bottom out of the top pool. Next was to throw in some bedding, a feeder, a waterer, and the brooder light. To hold the brooder light I like using a camera tripod. These can be found at yard sales and thrift stores for next to nothing.

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Incubator Failure

Well we have a major incubator failure today. Last night I thought I had smelled something  odd but blew it off seeing I had just ate some very spicy food that hadn’t settled with me very well. Today when I was checking the incubators so I would know where the eggs were that needed to go on lockdown tomorrow. I noticed a single egg was pipped (it was an unmarked eggs that had been under a broody that quit sitting). I reached and pulled it from the turner when I noticed the extreme heat from it. A boiled egg is not that hot right out of the water. I move around and pick up the thermometer that has a max temperature of 120. It was maxed out above that with no signs of going down even though it had been exposed to the cold a/c in the house. Then the pop. The thermometer exploded spraying the mercury all over the lid and my shirt. I didn’t really like that shirt anyway.  Well here are the pictures of the damage. 42 eggs were baked.

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Quick and Easy Spur Removal

Trimming spurs on your rooster can go completely wrong if you accidentally cut the  quick inside the spur. I have found it much safer and easier to just remove the spurs completely. Normally you will only get a single drop of blood at most when removing the spurs. The spurs will grow back overtime. After I remove the spurs I will place the rooster in a wire bottom isolation cage for 24-48 hours so the quick inside the spur can dry a little before he goes back out with the ladies. This help prevent any chance of infection. This simple job can also be done by yourself without the need for assistance. Here are the instructions.

1. Hold rooster in a comfortable position that allows you to hold him with  one hand and still gives you full access to his spurs.

2. Take a standard pair of pliers and grasp the first spur.

3. Slightly rotate the spur using the pliers until you feel the pop.

4. Pull spur off of the quick.

5. Use towel as needed to dry the blood from the quick.

6. Repeat for second spur.

Spurs can be saved and used for craft projects or thrown away. That is up to you. Here is a short video showing the process from start to finish doing both spurs.

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