So Far, So Good

I told y’all how we moved the turkey poults out of the one brooder, into a new one and how we were still losing them…
Welp, so far, we’ve managed to stop the losses.
From 16, we’re down to 5 Narragansett poults, plus our 10 white poults.
So far, everyone is doing very well.
I am…cautiously optimistic.

So, aside from the brooder change, what did we do?
Hard boiled eggs.
Yup, hard boiled eggs are a miracle food for poultry.
They’re power packed nuggets of nutrition that give baby birbs an excellent boost.
Thankfully, my chicken hens have been laying like mad, so having extras to feed my turkey kids is no problem at all.

I take 3 eggs, hard boil them, peel them, mush them up, add in a little poul-vite (it’s a vitamin mix for birds), a small pinch of brown sugar and water to make a slurry.
Put the bowl down in front of those chicks and watch ’em gobble, gobble, gobble it down!

Plus they have fresh water and gamebird feed (with 28% protein) at all times.
So I am very hopeful that the last 5 of the ones I hatched will survive.
If they don’t now, it’s not because I haven’t tried damn near everything!

In the meantime…

Gardening has begun!
The grape plant has been uncovered from her long winter nap.
The garlic is getting uncovered tomorrow.
And MCFHubby brought this home for me:

Onions, asparagus and rhubarb.
All of which can (and hopefully will) be planted this weekend.
Yes, it’s early before the frost date for us, but this is all stuff that can go in early.
I’m also hoping to prep the area(s) for carrots, beets and peas.
Again, cool weather crops that can get started soon here.

Every year I’m anxious for this time, and now that it’s here, I’m ready to get things going…

5 thoughts on “So Far, So Good

  1. Sandee says:

    I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed that you’ll keep the ones you rescued. I’m thinking you will.

    You’re going to be so busy with the gardening. I so remember this process when I was growing up.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend, Christine. ♥

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    • WolfSong says:

      I’ve got fingers and toes crossed that they’re hens!
      Or at least mostly hens.
      Then they’ll get to stay for sure….
      But yeah, I’m pretty attached to the 5 of them. Something about staying awake for a week worrying about them, kinda makes me want them all to stay. ❤

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  2. Re-Farmer says:

    I want to get chickens, but my daughters don’t, and what’s happening to your poults is why. They might die, and the girls would rather not have any at all than have that happen. :-/

    Happy to hear you’ll be planting soon!


    • WolfSong says:

      Chickens are easier than turkeys.
      Much easier!
      But yeah, sometimes they die and we don’t always know why.
      Unfortunately, as the saying goes, when you have livestock, you will end up having dead stock.
      In this case, it was 100% my fault for not noticing/realizing the brooder wasn’t in tip top shape.
      The best we can do is learn from it and not do it again.

      I really do think it’s worth having chickens, ducks and turkeys.
      Fresh eggs cannot be beat, and there’s the just plain fun of watching them. 🙂
      Plus (in our case) there’s the fresh meat at culling time.

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      • Re-Farmer says:

        Lol. Yeah. My daughters have the same desire to be as self sufficient as possible, but that conflicts with their issues with the whole “circle of life” part of it. I think they would rather go vegetarian, first!!!


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