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Post by Suz on Fri Aug 29, 2008 7:32 pm

Just had KP on the phone, he must have been bored offshore and decided to do some online banking and discovered that since 2006 our DD to for the electricity has gone up from 55 per month to 119 a month ...... and ME, my incubator & brooder lamps are getting the blame Sad Sad

Looks like I'm going to have to stop, cooking (electric stove), hoovering & doing the washing, to make up for quail electricity I'm using ..... Twisted Evil

But seriously has anyone worked out how much it costs to run an incy & brooder lamp per month .... cos I don't know how to work it out Embarassed ....and I need ammo for his next whingey phone call lol

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Re: I'm in trouble .... :(

Post by andoy on Fri Aug 29, 2008 7:58 pm

Might also be due to electricity prices going thru the roof at the moment Suz. Crying or Very sad

Incubators don't use much electricity, the Rcom20 only has a 5amp fuse. So it can't use much.

Brooders on the other hand can be quite expensive to run depending on the bulb you use. I use a 250 watt bulb, but I put mine on a thermostat so that it's not on more than is necessary. Also means I don't have to raise the bulb, I just reduce the temp in the thermostat (so it's on for less).

For next year, I'm also thinking of stacking my brooders. So younger chicks are closer to the lamp. and older chicks move further, but still benefit from the heat.

p.s. calculating cost of electricity will depend on your supplier. You'll have to check your bill and get your average Kw/hour rate. E.g. 250watt bulb is 0.25Kw * avg Kw/hour * number of hours you have it on for Wink

p.p.s. you could also stop ironing his shirts
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Post by Harrie on Fri Aug 29, 2008 8:06 pm

Yep leccy prices have really jumped up. Our bills have rocketed as well. I use a 45w elec hen and 60w dull emitter to brood my chicks now. I did work it out - how much to run incy - and at the time it was something like a 5 for the 3 wks. Don't quote me tho as I'm not sure how well I worked it out.
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Post by Mark on Fri Aug 29, 2008 8:10 pm

Suz,

I posted my bills on another topic here you go.
http://coturnixcorneruk.forumotion.com/general-f3/give-up-t1231.htm

I have 2 electric meters one for the house one for the bird area, see if your electric company can do that.

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Post by Ronnie's Quails on Fri Aug 29, 2008 8:30 pm

i was told that for a brooder if you run a 100w bulb for a whole month on constant its costs 1.20 to run a month i used it on my dad lol he didnt want to argue after i said that but my incubator does run about 6 a month and its about 65w

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Post by andoy on Fri Aug 29, 2008 8:32 pm

shame can't get hens to naturally brood the chicks. Electric hens are a good idea Harrie. Where did you buy yours?

Wonder if I can make a few with a few electric warming cables and plastic seed trays Rolling Eyes
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Post by Ronnie's Quails on Fri Aug 29, 2008 8:49 pm

what do you mean electric hen is this a joke or serious lol im blonde it takes me a while to realize lol
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Post by Harrie on Fri Aug 29, 2008 8:55 pm

Home farm fowls - they have a website. You use it instead of a lamp Ronnie. It's kind of like a heated platform which you set at the level of the chicks' backs and then raise it as they grow. They get under it when they are cold, just as they would a hen.
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Post by Ronnie's Quails on Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:11 pm

O thanks lol that sounds like a good idea, they are good sellers ive bought loadz of things from them thanks alot.
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Post by sammyboy on Fri Aug 29, 2008 10:00 pm

Here is a pic of an electric hen Very Happy




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Post by QTpie on Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:53 am

I have read that you can put quail eggs under a broody bantam to hatch.
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Post by andoy on Sat Aug 30, 2008 1:03 am

We were discussing this earlier in chat. A number of people have tried hatching quails with a broody hen. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a hit and miss thing. Very few people seem to have much success incubating, let alone brooding the resulting chicks. Sad

It would be very neat if we could get consistent results
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Post by Suz on Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:57 am

QTpie wrote:I have read that you can put quail eggs under a broody bantam to hatch.

My eldest mini silkie Grace went broody after laying her first 9 eggs, I left her 3 of her own eggs & gave her 6 Jap eggs, unfortunately I forgot when the japs were due so didn't move the silkie's nest to a secure place away from the rest of the birds .... but she successfully hatched 4 of the 6 jap eggs, although I only found one live chick which I took in side to brood with incubator hatched chicks.

I've decided to try again when the next silkie goes broodie, but I'll be moving the nest box to a secure, chick escape proof hutch.

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