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Posted by Ed Gilligan on March 08, 2004 at 04:34:50:
In Reply to: Re: Hotpoint Freezer posted by Mobius on March 07, 2004 at 00:53:28:
Farmers here love to use them to start baby chicks. They break the locks so they can be opened from the inside. (many childern have died lock inside) Then the boxes are laid on their side and small vent holes are cut, and the holes must be covered with wire screen to stop the racccons and opossums from eating the chicks.
Because of the great insulation, only a small light blub need to be used, instead of a 250 watt heat lamp. I found this out after I paid for and used 2 -250 watt blubs. A big freezer would make a great hen house. With a rubber mat, the body heat of the hens would keep it warm. (small light blub? in a hole in the bottom) It is cheaper to let the hens and ducks sit on the eggs and keep the checks warm. Some of the farmers don't want to keep the chicks and ducks over the winter because they have to be feed and water must be brought to them each day. I have keep them because of the war. I put 5 muskovie ducks in the freezer today and 6 rabbets last week. It is a lot of work.
I now have 8 live ducks 3 geese and 3 rabbets. I get a kick out of my son and grand son trying to get the last word with the geese. You know how it goes, the geese never quit.
My bog is flooded and I have 4 wild ducks and 4 long neck geese. cya