Monthly Archives: April 2016

Aquaponics Systems

Well While I was down, the pH of my main system went a bit south on me. It is going to take a bit to get it back to where it needs to be.

I have shut down my 30-gallon system. I need to pull it apart and find out what issue is with it killing fish. The problem is it has a dead spot in the grow bed. When I get that fixed I’ll bring it back up.

My 20-gallon system Is leaking. So I need to tear it apart find the leak and get that fixed.

Going to take a bit to get all this on the todo list.

Lesson learned

Who can you depend on to take care of your animals?

When you can’t for whatever the reason.

A lot of people say they will. But when it come to cleaning out a poop tray, all of a sudden they have short term memory loss.

You need to find and train this person and pay this person before it ever becomes an issue.

 

Lost a Bunny

Somehow one of the babies got underneath the towel and got step on by Penelope. It really sucks finding a dead bunny. I guess that the stuff you have to deal with when you raise rabbits.

I tried to mate Bonnie yesterday but she was having none of that. Guess I’ll try again this evening. See if she is a bit more receptive.

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Moving Day for the baby Quail

My James Marie Meat maker Babies are 3 weeks old now. Time to go to the garage. Their Temporary home is a 40-gallon glass Aquarium in the garage. They will be there for a week maybe two until there big enough to go into the Breeding pen.

Should start getting eggs at 8 weeks old and in full egg production at 10 weeks old. Then the incubator is going to get a workout. I’m going to run a continuous hatch of 18-gram eggs. Till I get 60 hens laying 18-gram eggs or better. All the eggs that don’t make the cut are going to get eaten or sold. All the birds that can’t lay and 18-gram egg are going to meet the same.  My goal is big birds and big eggs. It is not going to happen by itself. So I have to actively pursue that goal. If I have to acquire more eggs to pull this off that what I’ll do

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Kits are 24 hours old

Kits are 24 hours old and seem to be doing ok. Sure hope mom is feeding them. I’ll find out soon I guess.

I set an 100 watt IR heat lamp on the top of the cage. Because of found one of the kits on the floor. It was cold and I set him under the lamp to warm him up. Few hour later all the kits were sitting under the lamp. So I left it there. They have a warm spot even if mom is not in the nest box.

I choose to not put the bottom in the nest box because Penelope seems to use the nest box as a litter box. This is not good for the babies. I’ll have to figure something out. But the kits don’t need to get inundated with rabbit piss.

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Penelope had babies

Penelope had babies while I was out at PJ farm. Not getting my hope up here. She hasn’t proven that she is going to be a good mom yet. She had 3 on the wire and one outside the cage on the floor. Maybe she will get the hang of this mom thing. Just 4 baby. I really need to search the garage floor. She had 8 last time.

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