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).
Fly Predator customer Kathleen Feeney's owner of Little Things Ranch recently relocated from their stable in Long Island, New York to Rivers Edge Farm in Hollis Center, Maine.
While on Long Island Kathleen and her therapy miniature horses visited Hospice patients, nursing homes, hospitals, daycare centers, and individuals at home. Little Things Ranch is open to anyone who would like to visit them and enjoy the horses.
Angel is a sweet and sassy 29 inch black and white miniature Pinto. Angel’s curiosity and calm engaging nature makes her ideal for equine assisted activities. Angel brought great pleasure to many of the 180 children at Hospice Camp Good Grief located on eastern Long Island.
Precious is the tiniest of Little Things Ranch team standing 28 inches and is also a black and white pinto.
Both Angel and Precious are registered with PetPartners.org
Dezi is our big girl at 32” and is our home body staying on the ranch. Once and awhile Desi will take visitors for a drive in her cart.
At Spalding we are grateful to have several therapy programs across the nation as Fly Predators customers. We love all that they do!
Thank goodness winter is ALMOST over! As the days grow longer our horses are going to start shedding. Here's my four favorite best practices to help shed your horse of his or her wintery thick coat!
https://striphair.com as it's one of the best ways to strip all over body hair AND it's recommended by the legendary Pat Parelli!
PS - Make sure you are ready for Spring and fly season by re-ordering your Fly Predators and add on to that your order of Bye Bye Insects as well as Bye Bye Odor so you too are Ready? Set? Go! for the impending 2020 fly season!
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.
One of the things that I have noticed horse owners to be the most negligent about is foot care.
Proper and regular care of the feet is an essential part of good horse care. Now, that does not necessarily mean shoeing. Many horses are not worked enough to need shoes, but they still need to be checked regularly by a competent, experienced farrier.
For example, my horses and my wife’s no longer need shoes. I ride maybe once a week and, even if my wife rides daily, most of it is on smooth trails or on soft arenas, so there is not a lot of foot wear from abrasion.
However, we have our farrier see them at six-week intervals, year round. Hooves keep growing, often irregularly, and need to be balanced and trimmed.
Irregular hooves often cause abnormal angulation of the foot, excessively straining the structures of the foot, or in the joints and supportive anatomy above the foot. This can cause damage ultimately leading to lameness.
So, good horse care must include regular foot care including, if necessary, trimming and balancing the hoof wall, shoeing if needed, and sometimes corrective shoeing.
As I said, Debby and I no longer ride enough that our horses need to be shod. But, they are still seen every six weeks, and trimmed and balanced. Left untrimmed, their toes elongate, imbalancing the gait and stressing the joints.
How do wild horses get by without farriers? Well, they are in constant motion on an abrasive ground surface. That’s why wild mustangs feet usually look so perfect. But domestication is not the same as living in the natural wild environment.
Domestic dogs frequently require nail trims. Wolves, in the wild, do not. Right?
Many horse owners believe that shoeing is “unnatural”. Of course it is. But excessive wear due to domestication and hard work often necessitate horseshoes to keep the horse comfortable. For the same reason we humans often wear work gloves.
Additionally, certain breeds, especially the gaited breeds, often require special shoes. Also, many horses have either conformational qualities or pathological problems that can be helped and even corrected by special shoes.
Good professional quality foot care is part of the expense of horse ownership.
But, it is worth it.
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