The Basics of Using a Hova-Bator Incubator to Hatch Your Own Chicks

hova batorWe use the Genesis 1588 Hova-Bator to incubate and hatch our chickens and ducks for our homestead.  The incubator comes with a very informative instruction manual that explains the set up and operation of the incubator.  This post will give anyone interested in purchasing an incubator (specifically the 1588 Hova-Bator) a good understanding of the basics of the process.  In 2013 we hatched one batch of chickens in the spring and one in the fall using the Hova-Bator with very good success.  The information will be a based on our experience using the incubator based on the instructions provided and the Permaculture Chicken: Incubation Handbook by Anna Hess.

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New Start for 2014

We are well into 2014 and I’m ready to get back to blogging and documenting/sharing what we are doing again.  In the fall of 2012 I took on a part time job as an adjunct professor teaching an introduction to World Geography online course.  I’ve been teaching 1-2 classes each semester including summers since then (in addition to my full time profession).  This has taken up a lot of my extra time that I was using to focus on the blog.  This might be the last semester for me.  Teaching, though rewarding, just isn’t for me.

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Using the Power Plucker Saves Time

power pluckerWith 2012 being the first year we raised chickens for meat, we had a huge learning curve on how to butcher our own chickens.  With the first spring flock, the butchering process was very slow.  It was taking us 30-40 minutes to pluck 1 chicken.  We raised 25 more in the fall of 2012.  This time the plucking time went much faster.  For one, we were more experienced and had learned from our mistakes.  We also had a new tool called the Power Plucker.

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Storing Onions in Old Pantyhose

While researching on the best ways to store our harvested and cured onions, we came across many examples of people using old pantyhose as a way to contain and store onions.  The pantyhose allow for good air circulation and keep individual onions from coming into contact with one another.

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Chicken Coop Folk Art

Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads out there.  My wife and kids added some cool folk art to the chicken coop as a surprise for Father’s Day.  They did an awesome job!  Surprises like this are really special and I’ll be reminded of this Father’s Day everyday when I visit the coop.

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Little Giant 3 Gallon Plastic Poultry Waterer Review

little giant 3 gallon plastic poultry watererWe recently bought a Little Giant 3 Gallon Plastic Poultry Waterer for our ducks and chickens.  It looked like it would be a great waterer for the ducks.  It has a deep bottom  dish which is great for the ducks to dip and clean their bills in.  When I got it home and filled it up, the water just keep pouring out of the bottom hole and overflowing.  I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong.

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