Are you wondering why your Fly Predators haven't hatched yet and want to know how to help them hatch quicker? Jess our Fly Predator Scientist has the answers...
Why Fly Predator Hatch Times Vary
The species that comprise Fly Predators have a life cycle that is very dependent on overall average temperatures. At ideal conditions (around 85°F) it takes a minimum of 2 weeks for the Fly Predator to develop from egg to adult. At much cooler temperatures, they can take 6 weeks or more to hatch.
Generally, we try to send out Fly Predators that have already been incubated for about a week, so that in the warm summer months, they will begin hatching within 5 days of arrival. However, temperatures during travel and temperatures where they are being kept can have large impacts on how quickly Fly Predators hatch. During the first shipment of the season, it’s not unusual for your Fly Predators to take 10 to 14 days after arrival to emerge. It’s much faster than that during the heat of August.
How Do I Help My Fly Predators Hatch Quicker?
If your weather is warm and you want to make sure your Fly Predators hatch as quickly as possible, keep them at a consistently warm temperature once you receive them. Don’t put them in direct sun as this can make them too hot while in the bag. On top of a refrigerator is a cozy place, but write a note so you don’t forget them.
If your weather is cooler than normal, particularly if you have a chance of freezing night time temperatures, you will want to slow down the hatching of your Fly Predators. If they traveled through cool temperatures on their way to you (which often happens in the early spring and late fall), even once kept consistently warm, it may take 2 weeks or more for your Fly Predators to hatch. If kept outside once they arrive, and night time temperatures are still falling down into the 50’s, this could also result in delayed hatching, even if daytime temperatures are getting into the 70’s or higher. You can match the speed of emergence to match your weather, which is also how quickly your pest flies will be emerging.
Bottom line: don’t worry if your Fly Predators don’t hatch right away in the spring and fall. Try to keep them in a consistently warm location, such as on top of a refrigerator or other electrical appliance that generates a little heat (just don’t cook them).
Lari Dee Guy was born and raised in Abilene, TX 1971. She has been roping and ranching since she was able to be on a horse. Lari Dee has won 11-consecutive AJRA world roping titles beginning at age 9. She attended Vernon Junior College where she won a NIRA National Championship, and then moved on to Texas Tech University where she won a second NIRA National Championship. Lari Dee has won numerous titles through the years since college and has crucial in the advancement and breakout of breakaway roping.
Lari Dee trains roping horses at her family's Abilene ranch and likewise puts on roping clinics all over the World. She continues to be a dominating force in the roping industry, empowering female ropers far and wide with her #RopeLikeAGirl campaign.
Lari Dee lives by the Cowboy Code and values instilled in her by the great State of Texas. She is honest as the day is long, always taking the high road.
Last night was a historical occasion as Lari Dee was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame! She joins the likes of Trevor Brazile, Lane Frost, Buster Welch, Wanda Bush, JJ Hampton and so many more legends. We're all proud and honored to know her.
Thank you for all you do and will continue to do not only for female equestrians but for the overall rodeo industry. CONGRATULATIONS!
Watch Lari Dee Guy's Induction Ceremony video on YouTube.
Watch Lari Dee Guy's acceptance speed on her Facebook Page.
Watch Spalding Labs TV's episode with Lari Dee Guy about Breakaway Roping below...
Winter is here and, for most of us, that means being layered, bundled up, and shut in attempting to keep cozy. It's the natural reaction to cold. We do the same for our horses layered in winter blankets, shut in their stalls, and extra hay to warm their bellies. Winter homes can get stuffy. Winter stables can be even stuffier! Sweaty leather, urine, manure all shut behind closed barn doors can create some fierce "barn odors" and that's real BO! Okey, so it smells bad but the more serious issue is some of this can negatively affect your horses respiratory health. Below are 3+ tips to not only help keep your stable smelling nice but likewise help your horses health all winter long.
1 - Fresh Air. Proper ventilation is key. Don't create a massive draft but crack windows and stable doors at least for a short portion of each day to allow for fresh air flow through your barn.
2 - Sufficient Bedding. Proper bedding can be expensive but this is where your horses stand in their stalls more often than not. Don't cut corners here. No matter if you you bed on straw, shavings, or pellets make sure you have a sufficient amount of bedding to properly absorb urine in your stalls. Quality stall mats can help by mitigating the amount of bedding needed saving bedding expense in the long run.
3 - Clean Up. Clean stalls daily! Spray Bye Bye Odor on the urine spots. Bye Bye Odor eliminates the ammonia in the urine. Think your stall smell just fine and don't need it? Get down at floor level where your horses noses spend a great deal of time and take a good wiff. Ammonia not only smells bad but is detrimental to respiratory health. Bye Bye Odor eliminates the ammonia but likewise it has a light, refreshing, pleasant smell on its own.
3+ Water Buckets. Make a habit of dumping, rinsing and then refilling water buckets at least every other day. If you are just constantly refilling buckets with grain and hay remnants floating around it will sour. We want to encourage our horses to drink more in the winter with a fresh, clean supply of whater readily available for them and not discourage your them with sour, old grain and hay remnants floating around in there.
3+ Blanketing. Use a light fleece sheet under your winter blankets. Light fleece you can wash easily and it will dry fast for reuse. This keeps the layer closest to your horse fresh plus fleece wicks away any sweat that might accumulate if they do get too hot. This also cuts down your grooming time by always having a clean layer on them. Now those outer waterproof layers?.. Winter turnout rugs usually only get washed 1 or 2 times a season. Spray urine and manure spots on your outer blanket and straps with Bye Bye Odor to neutralize the smell.
All too soon it will be Spring. The birds will be chirping and warm sun shining down. Until there, utilized these few tips to keep your horses happy and healthy through winter!
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Fred Stone, the world’s foremost painter of horses, has been a client, neighbor and friend for half a century.
Fred’s paintings, mostly, but not exclusively, are of Thoroughbred racehorses. Living in a modest rural home as long as I have known him, he paints in a tiny studio, producing works of art treasured by horse lovers everywhere. His art even decorates large structures at racetracks here and abroad.
What I find most impressive about his work is how he captures the precise personality of the horses. I can look at the expression in the head and the eye of the subject, as I can on a living horse, and see in the painting the exact mood and attitude of the horse.
And, amazingly, he does this in watercolor!
Fred graced our practice with some of his treasured prints, and we also have several in our home.
Fred’s book, Reflections On A Golden Age, subtitled The Racing Art of Fred Stone (Equinart, Inc. 2010) is a coffee table masterpiece, filled with the author’s great artwork plus text by him and guest writers.
Horse lovers, and especially those who treasure horse art will adore this book.
I am a compulsive reader. Always have been. I keep a book in each bathroom, next to my bed, on the dinner table, in my car, several where I watch TV (I read during commercials), and I even carry my own books or periodical journals to my doctor’s appointments and even to fast-food lunch facilities.
So sometimes it takes many months to get through a book.
My colleague, Dr. Marcia Thibeault, sent me a copy of her book, I Make Horse Calls. I reviewed it and thanked her for it. I love reading other veterinarian’s books. James Herriot really started something!
Then, months ago, she sent me the sequel, More Horse Calls. I fast-read it and then, afterwards put it in one of our bathrooms for more casual, in-depth absorption.
Halfway through it last night, I was surprised to find myself in it.
Thank you Dr. Thibeault. Apparently you see that my imprint training method, used on newborn foals helps to produce a gentle and cooperative patient after they are mature.
An excerpt from More Horse Calls.
Luckily Sunny had been imprint trained, a process made popular by veterinarian Dr. Robert M. Miller. Imprint training takes advantage of a foal’s ability to learn rapidly right after birth. By exposing a newborn foal to potentially threatening stimuli, and showing the foal there is no real danger, the foal relaxes and a strong bond forms between horse and human. These imprint trained foals have less fear. If the foal is also taught to yield to pressure rather than fight against it, when it later becomes trapped, the foal soon finds struggling increases its pain, so it is more likely to stop struggling. They are also more willing to let humans help them. I hoped Pat’s early handling of Sunny was paying off now.
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