3 Weeks

In 3 weeks I’m going to traumatize the turkeys.
In 3 weeks they’ll get a deep cleaning of their hut (with weekly spot cleanings in between now and then) and deep, fresh straw added.
Then, in 3 weeks, I’ll start collecting eggs for the incubators.
Right now the eggs are being washed and eaten (because yummmmmmmmy!!).

Right now, my brooders that Hubby built me last year are all under snow.
So we’re not ready for itty bitty birbs.
But in 3 weeks…
We’ll be closer to getting them ready.
So I’ll set eggs, and in the 4 week time it takes for turkey eggs to hatch, we’ll have those brooders ready for bebes.
Which is good, because at the end of May I have:
10 pekin ducklings
10 lavender orpingtons
10 black giants (regional variant of Jersey Giants)
5 white geese
25 white turkeys
to pick up from the feed store.
So yeah…Ima need those brooders.

And by the end of May the muscovies will be laying and hopefully some of the hens will be already sitting nests. If not, then soon.
I can’t wait for aaaaalllll the leetle bebe birbies to be here!

4 thoughts on “3 Weeks

  1. Rpodyssey says:

    Awesome! My farming days are behind me but Jersey Giants are one of my favorite breeds. Have fun with the clean out! 🙂


  2. Re-Farmer says:

    Feeling birb envy right now! I had hoped we’d be able to do chickens, at least, this year, but we just don’t have a way to raise them right now. I’m hoping we’ll be able to salvage enough wood from the shed that recently had its roof collapse to be able to build structures to keep them alive, and not become cat food.

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    • WolfSong says:

      As long as the cats can’t get to them before they’re adults, there is very little chance of cats eating them.
      Chickens is tough and won’t normally let a cat take them down. We’ve never lost any of our poultry to the cats.

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      • Re-Farmer says:

        Yeah, it’s that chick stage. Right now, we’d have to set up a brooder in the house somewhere, and it would be extremely difficult to keep them safe from the cats! It would be easier to keep them safe with a brooder outside of the house.

        It’s a shame the building my parents used as a chicken coop was neglected. There was a walled off area for the chicks, storage for supplies, and even their own exit and run until the were big enough to join the rest of the flock. When they stopped with chickens, no one even bothered to clean it out, but started shoving junk into it, instead. I’m hoping to still be able to salvage the building (it’s log), but that might be a few years, yet.


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