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K&H Ultimate All-In-One Stock Tank De-Icer – Item of the Day

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Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the K&H Ultimate All-In-One Stock Tank De-Icer.  Winter is either here or coming soon depending on where you live.  I love these De-Icers in my view it is the best option on the market.

They come in several sizes including…

  • 250 Watts
  • 500 Watts
  • 750 Watts
  • 1000 Watts and
  • 1500 Watts

Why this Item Rocks!

Its in the name, “all in one” that is what you get an all in one solution.  Previously I have reviewed the thermocube, it is a great product and would be ideal for use with many stock tank heaters.  Why have your heater running when it is 50 degrees?

But you don’t need a thermocube that feature is built in.  When your water hits 35 degrees the heater comes on, all by itself and when it hits 45 it shuts off.  So you only draw power when you need it.

Choosing the Right Sized Heater for your Needs

Personally I use the 250 watt models.  There are a few reasons for this.  First and foremost my belief is when you use anything electrical you should use as little power as necessary to do the job. In my climate for a 50 gallon tank 250 watts is sufficient.

I also run two (two is one and one is none you know right) to two separate 50 gallon stock tanks.  If I ran two 500s that would put a 1000 watt draw on a single circuit doing other things as well and could pop the breaker.  These are only useful if they work you know.

In the end you should consult K&Hs great chart right here, just click on it for a full sized view.

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You will note that for my zone (USDA 8) a 50 gallon tank requires a 250 watt heater.  So that works for my needs.  I personally only use mine to make sure there is some water available at all times for my ducks.

These can be used as floating heaters or submerged by removing the foam that makes them float.  This gives you flexibility.  Say you want to keep a poultry watering going you can put one of these inside it and let it sink.  To me for a stock tank you want it floating because it ices up from the top down.

In any event if you want to keep your critters watered this coming winter, check out the K&H Ultimate All-In-One Stock Tank De-Icer today.

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Hatortempt Bulk Dried Mealworms – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Hatortempt Bulk Dried Mealworms.  I decided to do this item today because when I came in from  my morning rounds I had to order a new bag for my “little chickens”.  Who are the little chickens?

Well if you check the video at the bottom of this article you will see them nomming on some of these mealworms.  They are four bantam cochin chickens who live with the quail in my aviary.  The hope is now that they have begun to lay they will go broody and hatch some quail eggs, raise the young and allow me to have a steady supply of meat quail with little to no work.

Where the mealworms came in is I wanted to have something that when kids came to see the farm I could just pick up and let them pet, etc.  Bantam chickens are great for this, they are gentle and on some levels seem to even enjoy being held and pet.

I wanted a solid relationship with them, the view that when that big guy comes to the house, good things come with him.  As the birds in the aviary have food on demand, that means a treat was needed.  Mealworms were perfect for this.

So I cruised down to Tractor Supply and they had a 1.8 pound bag for 20 dollars.  Some quick math put that north of 11 dollars a pound!  Now I understand a dried worm is concentrated protein and since they are so light a pound is a lot of worms, but I am not paying per pound for a worm, what I would pay per pound or porterhouse steak!

So I checked Amazon and these were the best deal I could find, where customers were also happy.  Some similar priced brands had negative reviews that it was more like mealworm meal then mealworms.  So I ordered a bag of these and I am sold on them.  They get couple small handfuls a day and a bag lasts a VERY long time.

One note on that, my most recent bag didn’t last near as long as it should.  The bag is a zip close bag and well, I didn’t zip it one day, it fell off the rack where I store it, and I think the girls gave themselves a belly ache!

The quail eat them too of course which is great for their egg production.  So if you have birds or reptile or anything you want to feed mealworms too, 26.99 for 5 pounds is damn tough to beat and your birds will love you for it.  Note you can actually get a 10 pound bag for $50.99 which will save you a whopping $2.99, before you do that though, consider 5 lbs of worms is a damn lot of worms.

I do consider this more for the small flock owner, I don’t feed them to the ducks because there are just to many of them, but for folks with say a dozen birds these are a great addition to the diet and again your birds will love you for it.  So check out Hatortempt Bulk Dried Mealworms today.  They will make you and your critters happy.

Remember you can always see the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here.

IncuView All-In-One Automatic Egg Incubator – Item of the Day

incuviewEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is IncuView All-In-One Automatic Egg Incubator.  This is the absolute best incubator I have found without spending a fortune.  We have used it for hatching both chickens and ducks, with chickens our results were outstanding.  How about three batches of 26 eggs with a total number of hatched eggs of 76, that is 76 out of 78!

What I love about this incubator is everything is automated.  All you really need to do is keep an eye on humidity and add a bit of water when necessary.  You program the duration of incubation and the machine knows when to stop turning, you can also set how many times a day the machine turns the eggs.  And don’t let the word “program” scare you if you if you are a techniphobe, I hate programming “gadgets” but this thing is really easy.  The instructions are on one page front and back.

We have successfully incubated goose eggs in it and others have told us they use if for quail with great success.  Due to how the turner works, one turner works for everything.  It has a digitally controlled thermostat, so when you set it for say 99.5, that is what you get all the time.

There are cheaper incubators but then don’t have all these features.  They certainly do not hold temperature as well.  In my reptile breeding days I hatched literally hundreds of eggs in the well known Hova-Bator Incubator, yes it works, and it costs less, but is is a fiddly pain in the ass.  In fact since I got my IncuView, the only thing I use my Hova-Bator Incubator for is starting seeds in cold weather.

If I wanted to hatch say 75 – 100 eggs a batch, I would honestly buy three of these before I would buy an expensive large commercial incubator.   Like most products I settle on, this one just works, it always works and that is what wins my endorsement.

I would also like to suggest the following, this thing is kind of light weight, it is durable and ships well.  It is not something most people would use all year long.  So some of you may form groups and do a share with this item, either locally or by shipping it back and forth as needed.  I personally sent mine to Nicholas Ferguson, he hatched duck and chickens with it and then shipped it back USPS Priority Mail for like 10 bucks.  Just a thought.

In any event if you are looking to incubate eggs check out the, IncuViewTM All-In-One Automatic Egg Incubator, by the way this is actually a great time to do this.  Say you put eggs in on August, 1st.  You will have babies on August 21 or 28 depending on say ducks or chickens.    These birds will be 6 months old and start laying in mid February, right when most people are waiting another month to get brand new chicks.  Just a final thought.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

 

Magicfly LED Egg Candler – Item of the Day

candlerEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Magicfly LED Egg Candler.  According to my order history in Amazon we bought this just about a year ago in August of 2015.  Talk about an item we use daily, 5-8 dozen duck eggs a day, every day.

If you are just producing eggs for home, getting a bad one, once in a while, is not a problem.  For us though, a bad egg to a customer is just not something we can afford.  We tried others, in spite of great reviews, we held back on this one.  Why?  It plugs in vs. using a battery.

So for two years I used three different battery models, none were really super bright and all failed in time.  The brightest battery one we found was this one by Brinsea, problem, it actually physically fell apart.  Like in the paraphrased words of Ron White, “Fell the F apart”.  In two pieces and would not stay together after that.

Then I thought about it, where do we wash and package our eggs, well in our kitchen of course.  And there are two quad box outlets right there, so what if it plugs in, that just means no battery to wear out!  We we ordered the Magicfly LED Egg Candler and never looked back.  Doing the math we have candled 18,000 plus eggs with it and it works as good as the day we bought it.

Nothing else, not even an expensive tactical flashlight lights up an egg like this.  Again if you just keep a half dozen birds for home use, likely you don’t need it, but it is still the best value in a candler I have found.  The Brinsea that fell apart was twice the money!

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