This morning I took the turner out of the incubator. A day later, as usual. Good thing I got it done first thing this morning, because 2 eggs had already pipped, and now? This:
First little turkey has emerged! Pretty excited fr this year’s hatchings. I have 24 turkey eggs in here, with 13 guinea fowl eggs. The other incubator has 14 turkeys that I started 2 weeks later. And that’s the whole of our hatching for this year. Tho, I still have a ton of birds coming from the hatchery on the 31st….so it’s not like there won’t be a bunch of bebes around. Still waiting on the ducks to lay, but at least they’re back in their yard, not in my garden. 🙂
Got through another blizzard. Rain/snow comin’ this weekend. Feelin’ like the winter that never wants to end. Donkey horse did this to herself:
I’m sure she had one helluva headache after that. She sure was grumpy with me when I poked and prodded it. lol Someone had to poke at it and see how bad it was. 😉 Good thing it’s not fly season or sunburn season, otherwise she’d be even unhappier with me.
This week I’m firing up the incubators. No chickens this year. Got no roos left. Sadly, in the hellacious winter of 21/22, I lost all my roos to shitty weather and a respiratory infection that blew through my coops like crazy. So only turkeys. And a few cross bred ducks…and guinea fowl…both of those I’m picking up from a FB friend who asked if anyone was interested in some to hatch out. Um, yeah! Haven’t managed to have ducks hatch in the incubator (came close with a couple muscovies but they quit a week or so before they were due) and never had guinea fowl, so, for free eggs? I’m willing to give it a try. Now we let our duck hens do the work, because muscovies love, love, love to hatch bebes. And aside from late season nests, I’m happy to let them.
I’m currently up to 15 turkey eggs to hatch. Today we discovered, much to my chagrin, that one hen we thought was a hen turned out to be a tom. So Oscar (my main tom) has only 6 girls instead of 7. I’m just hoping that the newly discovered tom stays subservient long enough that we can get him to a better size for the freezer. 2 breeding toms is plenty and I don’t have enough hens to give Dingus any right now, so keeping a 3rd tom is just not gonna work. Plus, toss in the whole avian influenza thing going on, selling a live bird right now is more of a pain in the ass than normal…plus, we like turkey, and we let these jerks breed so we can eat the extras, so…
Tomato seeds are popping up through the dirt. I’m getting ready to sow a few more. Only have 36 little cups (though each cup has more than 1 seed in it and I’ll pot up any extras that come up from those multiples…except for the San Marzano…I only had 10 of those seeds, so 1 per cup) and that ain’t going to be nearly enough tomatoes for us. Tomatoes is like beans…I could plant an acre of ’em and that *might* be enough for us. 😂😂😂 All my other seeds that I ordered, have come in. Hubby is just picking up bits and bobs here and there when he’s at the feed store or the hardware store. Mostly adding to the carrots/beets supply of seeds. We go through a lot of both.
And that’s us. We’re just waiting on spring to really and for truly get here. And for hands in the dirt/building season to begin. YeeHaw.