The Most Exhausting Time of the Year

This weekend we’re running our first Rooster Rehab of the year.
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Exhausting is the correct word for it.
But my first and second hatches have resulted in 28 roos currently in the bachelor pen, with a few extra wandering with the cornish meat birds…oh, it’s time for the 28 to go Camping.

Somehow, after a huge Loop pickup last week that has stuffed our 2nd fridge to bursting while the birbs, cats and Daphne have been eating like Kings and Queens all week, I have to find space to let the roosters we process rest for a day or two before parting for the freezer.
Lady Bless, I think I need a 3rd fridge for birb feed!

But, I’m sure not complaining!
The animals are loving this extra feed, and I’m loving keeping the food out of the landfill.

The funniest thing though, has been the turkeys with their watermelon.
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So after they nearly killed me for strawberries and raspberries, I really thought watermelon would be just as exciting.
I mean, how could it not be, right?
Well…as it turns out, watermelons are terrifying.
The turkey are beyond sure that it wants to kill them.
They circled it for a few days and decided “Nope, not eating that”
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Scroll through ^^^ so you can see how wary the turkeys were of that killer melon.
OMG.
I’ve never seen anything like it.
I ended up shoveling it up and giving it to the chickens…who demolished it in seconds.
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Anyways, I still have a bunch of produce and breads to dole out to the birds, and because it’s been sooooo hot, I have it stuffed into the spare fridge…where birds need to rest after butchering.
It’s a good problem to have, having more food than space.
Just means that the birds will be eating more produce this weekend, so I can fit Freezer Campers in for a bit.

One of the other things we were given last pickup is honey.
Honey doesn’t go bad, but, in order to sell it in stores, it does get an expiry date, and stores can’t sell it past that date.
I, however, can still use the amazing containers of raw unpasteurized manuka honey we were given for our Palomino Princess. Y’see, honey is what I use for any cuts, scrapes, and booboos on our mare.
See the link below for why:

Honey in wound care

It’s perfect for healing those wounds without any scarring.
Thank goodness, or our Girl would be one big walking scar!
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The other type of honey we were given is golden paste honey, with tumeric in it.
Now this…this is valuable stuff for a horse with arthritis…especially that Girl who has an arthritic tmj which makes eating difficult in some weather conditions.
Golden paste is touted as excellent for treating arthritis in horses, dogs and humans.
Welp, we shall see how our Blonde Girl does on it.
All this honey and it’s perfect for her!
Plus, it’s not in the landfill.
I call that a win-win situation.

In other news, we had found 2 abandoned, don’t know where they hatched, can’t find any sign of their hatching anywhere, ducklings in the duck yard one night this week.
So we brought them inside.
One has since succumbed to injuries (because hens are assholes, and will happily kill baby ducks) but the 2nd is strong and loud. And kinda dumb, because he/she keeps getting their head stuck in the sides of the cage they are in.
So we’ve named him/her Homer.
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This weekend is also “clear out all the old eggs from all the nests we know of” weekend.
It’s late in the season now, and I don’t want any more surprise hatchlings.
Did I tell y’all about the hen who hatched out a clutch of ducklings??
Yeah so there’s 9 week old duckling in the brooder int he Little Red Shed.
*sigh*
So many birbs.
So much potential tastiness.
And 12 the Turkey is sitting on another nest.
I’m taking those away from her too…
No more turkeys this year!
I’ve got a brooder full that hasn’t gotten outdoor time yet because of the damn smoke from the wildfires.
No.
More.
Poults!
(she said with a quiet longing to scoop up the eggs and put them in the incubator)
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So there we have it…busy af, as usual.
And taking eggs away from birds who want to have babies.
That’s my life right now.

How are the rest of y’all doing?

Oh, plus here’s a picture for Feline Friday:

Maxamillion!

Catch more Feline Friday posts over at Sandee’s place, Comedy Plus.

And have a great weekend folks!
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6 thoughts on “The Most Exhausting Time of the Year

  1. Timmy Tomcat says:

    Good news and full freezers what could be better, oh, Maximillian caps it off

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  2. Sandee says:

    I remember this time of the year was very busy when I was growing up. Laying in for the next year is hard work, but when the freezer is full it’s a blessing.

    Aw on the beautiful horse and that adorable feline.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend, Christine. β™₯

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  3. gail says:

    turkeys are strange. it’s great that you are getting all that extra food for the birds and that it isn’t going to waste..

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  4. Toosh says:

    Sable in the snow, is a soothing sight for hot stinging dry eyes πŸ™‚
    Turkey psychology….. entertaining!
    You’re setting up for delicious winter meals, excellent!
    I hope the cooler nights are giving relief to all at MCF. At least that’s a bit of a reprieve from the day…..
    What a cache with the Loop, so glad it’s such a big bonus and blessing for feed. And lots of honey for Sable! That makes the bees happy, too.

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  5. Fairy Queen says:

    I hope it is getting better with your pets. We are in Italy, near Venice, and we have 7 hens and 1 rooster and the heat was too much and they no longer lay eggs. I give them some fresh grass and then they start laying eggs again. We keep the chickens only for the eggs, we don’t eat them. We only eat vegetables from the garden. The extra vegetables I cook and freeze them or I make pestos in oil for pasta and they are very good. I hope that you are well and that you have managed to do everything you had to do. But do you have help from your other family members?

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    • WolfSong says:

      I do have help, thankfully.
      My daughter and I run the Farm for the most part, while my Hubby works a full time job off the Farm.
      He does a lot of the building on weekends, and helps where he can. πŸ™‚

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