Today is a milestone for the meat chickens and turkeys. It’s their first day outside!
You can use the arrows on the sides of the pictures ^^^ to scroll through… It’s scary and exciting and whooooo….they’ve been waiting so long (to them) and they really, really, really wanted out…until they could get out and then it was too terrifying…that’s where the food comes in. 😂😂😂
Once they knew the food was outside, they were much braver. So for now they get the small yards, but as time goes on, they’ll get more and more space, until the turkeys end up in the turkey yard and the meat chickens just run with everyone else. Until they go to Freezer Camp.
I tell ya, the real panic is going to be this afternoon, when I clean their coops out for them. 😂😂😂 **THAT’S** going to be terrifying. 😂😂😂
The gate is now hung on the turkey/duck yard. Instead of being leaned on the posts and braced with a stick. 😂😂😂 Hey, we’re innovative here! Sometimes things need a little ingenuity before being finished. Especially when we didn’t have hinges for a week and quite honestly, I didn’t want to leave the turkeys cooped up in their coop for that long…see what I did there? Cooped up in their coop? 😂😂😂
And now that the turkeys and ducks have decided that co-habitating in the new duck house is okay, we have the brooder coop free…well, it was free. Now it’s housing 19 duck babies who aren’t quite ready to integrate with the rest of the flock. And Mama Ripple didn’t give 2 duck shits about seeing her ducklings again. 😂😂😂 She’s already flirting and dancing for Drake so they can get to workin’ on the next clutch.
Next thing to get done is to run cords for the heat lamps. I ordered new ones from Princess Auto (one of my favorite stores ever!) so that we can heat the 3 coops (ducks/turkeys, ducklings, and chicken coop) when the temperatures drop. Plus have an extra for the brooder come spring…because y’all just know once March 1st hits, the incubators get fired up and we start this hatching/growing thing all over again. Here’s hoping we don’t have to replace the outdoor plugs. It’s one of those things that’s been on “The List” but has yet to get done…and Hubby is not a fan of electrical work, and trust me, a licensed electrician is *not* in this Farm Girl’s budget right now! So we’re hoping the plugs don’t keep popping their breakers. Fingers crossed.
Oh! And my light colored turkey boy has been figuring out his dance moves. 😂😂😂 He keeps doing his mating dance for the ducks hens, not the turkey hens tho…I think he likes his girls short, fat and weird looking. lol But that he’s figuring out his moves now means he’ll be ready once the hens are receptive, and that’s a good thing. So fingers crossed for many, many fertilized turkey eggs for hatching! 😍😍😍
Today’s next task is cleaning the kitchen so I can rinse the pork bellies that have been brining so that I can fire up the smoker tomorrow and have bacon…and see about hanging a tree stand for Hubby to hunt out of tomorrow and Wednesday. Since all the Remembrance Day ceremonies are cancelled (#fuckcovid) he might as well go out and see about putting some red meat in the freezer.