Damage Report

So that happened.
It was blowy, snowy, icy, and down right gross out for just about 48 hours.

We lost power for at least 18 of those hours.
We got a massive amount of snow dumped on us.
Then we got another massive amount blown in.
This is Farm Life.


Last weekend, we brought home 6 big round straw bales.
That was fun.
2 loads, but only a few miles away from us.
From some damn fine folks that we appreciate doing business with.
We knew the storm was coming, so we cleaned brooders, and gave everyone a thick bedding of straw to snuggle down into.
That was Monday we did that.
Then Wednesday, we renewed the straw so that when the storm blew in that night, they’d have even more bedding.
Mares got their own straw bale to rip apart, nibble, and sleep in.
They did just fine.

But, we didn’t know we were going to lose power.

Most of the birds were fine.
Bippies (youngest ducks) did great.
Chickens were all good.
Big ducks got a little stir crazy and started picking feathers on tails.
That gets remedied with meat.
Poultry are omnivorous raptors.
They eat meat.
I know people don’t like to hear/know that, but it’s true.
And once they have the craving, only a good feed of it will settle them down.
This is why we keep things like rib cages from deer and have a freezer specifically for freezer burnt meats. Because this happens when birds can’t get out to forage for bugs, snakes and small rodents, and they’ll turn on each other. Even with a complete feed.

So, as I said, most of the birds were fine.
I did however, lose turkeys.
None of my year olds.
But a couple 9 month olds and about 8 of the youngest ones.
It’s crushing.
When the power went out, the littles just couldn’t stay warm enough, even with mounds of straw to snuggle into. Especially in the over night.
This morning I pulled out body after body and started a fire to put them in.
My heart aches.
Worst part is, there was nothing we could have done to change things.
It is one of the shittiest things about farming…losing lives, and knowing you couldn’t change it.

Today was shoveling day.
Hubby used the tractor to clear the driveway, the path to the hay, and to drop a full round straw bale into the turkey yard.
The Kid and I shoveled.
And dropped straw into places we shoveled out so birds had somewhere to sit out of the snow.
We have more shoveling to do.
But for now, coffee.

Ima Midnight Tuxedo
May 21st, 2005 ~ November 13th, 2017

4 thoughts on “Damage Report

  1. Wyldkat says:

    “Poultry are omnivorous raptors. ”

    I am glad to see you say this. I may have grown up in the suburbs, but I’ve always know that chickens love bugs, it follows that duck and turkey do as well. It annoys me that some folks only want to fed their chickens store bought feed. No wonder the store bought chicken tastes so bland.

    Sorry you lost the younger turkeys.

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  2. Sandee says:

    What a few days you’ve had. I’m so sorry for the losses. I was raised on a farm so know what you’re going thorough. It’s the way of farm life.

    Have a fabulous weekend, Christine. Big hug. ♥

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  3. anne leueen says:

    My husband had a previous life where he raised chickens. I read your post out to him and he agreed with all of it. I hope you will not get hit with a power outage again .

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  4. Toosh says:

    Such a pretty Cookie. Hugs.
    What a week.


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