Turkeys

It’s Saturday morning.
The roosters are screaming.
Some mornings, I feel like I should be allowed to wake up screaming like they do…
Eh, with my closest neighbour 1/2 mile away, I guess I could.
But let me tell you about our week…

After all that work getting the pressure tank done, we’re still having problems with the well pump coming on too often.
And it turns out it’s because…we have a broken water line from the well to the house.
Joy.
So we’re chasing the local well company to come out for a. and estimate on cost to repair and b. time frame to do it.
But it’s planting season and fuck if anyone is calling us back. 😡
*sigh*

Tuesday I got a message on Instagram from my turkey hatching egg dealer…she was in the biggest city the next day, my big incubator just emptied of hatched chicks, and did I want her to bring me turkey eggs?
Um, let me think…
YES!!!
So after some discussion, we figured out MCFHubby would meet up with her for the exchange.
I was disappointed I didn’t get to visit with her (she really is a cool lady!) but at least we managed to get the egg exchange done, and I now had another 36 Narragansett turkey eggs to put into my incubator.
Yay me!! 🙂

Wednesday morning, I pop the eggs into the incubator, with 5 that my turkey hens laid, for a total of 60 turkey eggs set between the 2 incubators.
I still haven’t cracked one of ours open to make sure the tell tale bulls eye is there, but I *have* watched the boys do their jobs, so I’m going with “horny teenage turkeys” for the win.
😂😂😂

Oh and then Thursday…
Fucking Thursday.
So, I’m dozing at 4am, waiting for my turn in the bathroom, when I hear repeated beeps from the small incubator.
I’m not terribly worried because Miss Daisy Mae loves to sit there and sometimes she knocks the cord and it beeps as she does it.
But then, I realize, I have 3/3 cats in bed with me.
Hmmmm…
So I get up and I see the lights flashing on the incubator.
And the fucking cord is hot, hot, hot…oh and it’s smoking! And there’s a bulge in the cord where there shouldn’t be one…
Shit!
Clearly, this cord is fucked.
So we scramble (at 4am) to find a replacement in the house…because doesn’t *everybody* have a million and 2 extra ac power cords lying about?
No deal. Nothing that will work.
But we find that if the power pack (big rectangle in the middle of the cord) has a fan on it, it cools off enough to keep it running…okay, but this can’t be the answer for another 3 weeks, so Hubby heads off to work and I make a list of places to call to find a new incubator.
Fuck.

After some run around, a lot of coffee, and a break down or two…seriously, want to see a grown woman sob uncontrollably? Let her see smoke coming off her incubator at 4am when she can’t do shit all about it…but, I found an incubator and a set of turners at the local Peavey Mart (for y’all in the US, think Canadian version of Tractor Supply).
I texted Hubby, who then left work to go and get it.
I’m telling you, incubators are in short supply this year!
More and more people are turning to hatching out chicks than ever.
A lot of them are not so sure about what to do with the roosters they hatch but that’s a whole different discussion.
Y’all know we eat any extras here.
Some folks can’t wrap their heads around that tho…

So the great thing about this new incubator is, with the turner, it holds 41 eggs.
And it has windows!!
No more fighting the urge to peek in and see what’s going on.
Just look in the windows!
😍
I had 19 turkey eggs in the small incubator, that were at 1 week development.
Turkey eggs take 28 days.
Chicken eggs take 21 days.
See where I’m going here?
😂😂😂


Once we got the new one set up, and the turkey eggs were in, I just had to fill it with chicken eggs.
Because they will hatch around the same time.
So I get an extra 22 chicks (potentially).
And now I have the capacity to hatch 97 chicks at a time.
So.
Many.
Birds!
But, we’re gonna eat goooooood this winter. 😉
And I figure I can run 2 more hatches this year, before it gets too late for chicks.

Oh, and that small incubator?
Totally fucked.
The entire digital panel is malfunctioning.
But the thing is, I only paid $115 for it, and this was our 3rd season using it. It has, over it’s life time, ran continually for just about 13 months…and I’ve hatched many, many chicks out of it. It has *more* than paid for itself!
But this also tells me that I need to make sure I have money set aside for when the big one goes…it’s from the same place, and we’re on our 2nd season with it.
It may last longer, it may not.
But I need to be prepared for whatever happens.

As for the current turkeys…
Whites are growing wonderfully.
They’re only 4 weeks old but fully feathered and almost ready for an outdoor yard.
My remaining 5 Narragansett kids are doing wonderfully too.
I have at least 2 hens, one is another little auburn girl who is soooo pretty!
And she loves to perch on my arm.
I kinda hope she continues that habit. ❤

And then there’s my EmmaBird from last year’s hatch…

Emma is my auburn hen from last year’s hatch.

That box she’s in is my hay baling box.
She’s decided that’s her get away from the boys.
I think she’s considering going broody.
She can’t have that box though, so Hubby is working on building a couple smaller ones that we can put into the turkey yard, because broody turkeys is just fine with me.
And ain’t she just a lovely girl?
While turkeys may not be the brightest of birds, they are endearing (and tasty), and Miss Emma is one of my favorites.

Updates on that Pressure Tank Thing…

Lemme tell y’all something…when things can go wrong, they tend to want to go wrong.
Our current pressure tank is what’s known as a “flow thru”.
https://www.flexconind.com/products/specialty-products/flow-thru-/
It has one pipe going in one side and a pipe going out the other side.
This is not a standard well pressure tank.
A standard well pressure tank has 1 outlet on the bottom where water goes in, then comes out again.
https://www.rona.ca/en/pressuretank-pre-charged-vertical-34-gal-white-92155065

Now, we thought that we had a standard tank.
Nah, that would be too easy, right?
Turns out we have the flow thru…and no one stocks flow thru tanks.
To order one in could take anywhere from 4-8 weeks!
😂😂😂
😂😂😂
And one more time I say:
😂😂😂

Clearly this is not going to work for us.
So…we sat down and had a really good look at the plumbing…

As it stands, we actually have 2 pressure tanks.
The small blue one, which is the first in line, and the bigger grey one (this is the flow thru…and the bladder on it is most definitely hooped…there should not be water coming out the top nipple thing when depressurizing the system to work on it, and I have a short video showing that exact thing happening.).
On the line that goes to th blue tank is the pressure switch and the gauge…and just after those 2, there is a shut off ball valve. (more on that in a moment)

This literally looks *nothing* like any of the well pump/pressure tank installations I’ve looked at online.
Like…absolutely nothing.
😂😂😂
Plus none of the online ones have a helper tabby anywhere.

So since the well pump is running *a lot* and way more than would be if it was a simple leak, we had depressureized the system and discovered that, indeed, the bladder int he grey tank was compromised.
So in order to *not* have the well pump burn out coming on far too often (like it was coming on every 8ish minutes…that is not good at all), we’ve been doing our daily water based things, then turning the power off to the well pump.
At least until we can get the tank replaced.

Which leads me to the shut off ball valve…
Hubby decided we should try shutting that off today.
Leave the well pump on, because it also runs the equine auto waterer (they have water in the steel trough, so they are not going without) and shut down the house.
Well…
He did that and the pressure switch and gauge had a spasm.
Switch rapidly turned on and off, and gauge bounced up and down between the come on and cut off numbers.
Oh.
Okay then.
So it looks like the pressure switch is hooped too.

But…
As it turns out, we can buy a new switch/gauge assembly to go on the tee pipe we need to put on the conventional tank that we bought.
So that’s the current plan.
We think (and this is just a theory right now, so if anyone has a better understanding of those pictures, I’m all ears!!) that the shut off valve keeps the 2nd line in from the well closed…so we should be able to take the main line and attach it to the tee fitting for the conventional pressure tanks, hook up the electrical for the pressure switch and run the lines to the house.
We think.

Honeslty, I’m leaning heavily on other people’s knowledge here.
A good friend’s son (who is also our friend and a pretty awesome guy) is a new plumber who’s been sharing knowledge.
I’ve also been picking my brother’s brain, because the dude is a smart dude.

Today we’re ging to get the necessary parts and tools (because pex…jfc…so many different materials in this house’s plumbing…the last owner put pex in everywhere she worked on…which is fine if you have the $140 crimping tool and rings to work on it…which we don’t. Yet.) and hopefully this weekend, we can get this done.
*sigh*
Because the pro guys around here that we called and left messages with have not returned our calls.
So it looks like we’re, with the help of friends/family, figuring this out on our own.

Farm life is fun.
I don’t know what else to say.
😂😂😂