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Something has changed in the last build. I had a drecko ranch with two pneumatic doors leading out. One of the dreckos was on the ceiling; it got there before the patch. Well, that one couldn't get back down to the floor anymore. Couldn't crawl over pneumatic doors, even though it never had a problem with it before. In addition, tame dreckos can walk through open doors now. Half of them got out while dupes were entering or leaving. Not just dreckos, it seems. Tame hatches can also walk through open doors and they never did that in the past. Anybody else noticing this?
So, I think I came up with something totally unnecessary, but nice. Fun, maybe. I wanted a reliable way to always have a topped up Drecko ranch and a packed shearing room that doesn't involve wrangling. Because I hate wrangling so much that I'll go to any length to avoid it. Here it is: According to ONI physics, it's possible to make stable multilayered liquid "structures". No communicating vases for you now, take that Archimedes. Glossy Drecko eggs hatch at the bottom, in the PW layer. When drecklets then try to escape, there can be two outcomes: The stable is not full. In this case, the door at the top will be open, and the one at the bottom will be closed. The drecklet will climb up and enter the stable. The top door remains open until the stable is full. The stable is full. The top door will be closed, the drecklet will go right through the now open door and enter the shearing room. The last door on the right is always open, and it's there just to make it a room. Automation is dead simple, the egg dropper in the water corridor has a filter gate to prevent it from catching the eggs again, since they fall slowly when in water. The filter gate after the critter sensor is to avoid false positives if a Drecko happens to lay an egg while another is climbing up. The conveyor network relies on the sorter sweeper sitting at the top of the ranch in a vaacumed out area. The two loaders in the domes receive everything except plastic, which is shipped out directly. The sorter sends edibles, phosphorite, egg shells, and eggs on their respective lines. Glossy Drecklet eggs are sent to the hatchery room, while wooly Drecklet eggs are directly sent to the shearing room. Here, products from shearing are sent on dedicated lines, while everything else goes back to the sorter. The sweeper in the PW channel is there just as a precaution. Works reliably, I actually built two of these. They took a very long time to build, I made some mistakes and had to tear everything down and start over. I started with a few Dreckos, and now I have two full stables and a packed shearing room, while the other is filling up. It takes some dupe time to shear a massive number of creatures, but hey, gotta give those idle dupes something to do. You can shear a wooly Drecko 3/4 times before it starves, so in the long run you'll have quite a bit of reed fiber and you'll be swimming in plastic, so you can feel like a dolphin too.