Wednesday March 10th ~ Day 18

First thing off the hop…fonts are weird on WP this morning.
Maybe it’s just me, but in my posting block page yuckiness (I can’t be the only one who hates the way the new posting system works, can I?) the fonts changed and it’s weird.
I don’t like change.
Especially when it happens without warning.
(Like change often does…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚)

Also, today is day 18 with the incubators.
Today I take out the turners, bump up the humidity and wait for the sweet sound of “chirp, chirp, chirp” to start.
By this weekend, we’ll have chicks!
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Tomorrow I’ll start saving eggs for the next round…
I can only run one of them for the next round though, because in 2 weeks I have turkey eggs coming and they need 4 weeks to hatch, compared to chicken’s 3 weeks…I need the turkey eggs to hatch at the same time as the arrival of the white turkey poults.
I’m sure I’ve blathered on about this before…heritage birds of the same species in with meat birds helps the meat birds learn *how to bird* so that the meats are much healthier…as long as they think they are hatchmates.
That is very important, because if they are introduced too far apart, it becomes difficult to integrate them.
There is too much $$$ wrapped up in my turkeys to chance the poults not integrating well.
This is my experience.
Others may have different experiences, but this has worked very well for us.
And so I have to leave one incubator free for the arrival of 2 dozen Narragansett turkey eggs.
Squeeeee!
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Finally, for Wordless Wednesday, my lovely sleeping beauty, my chubby Painted Unicorn, Ruby…

And one just for thought…

Sharing with Sandee at Comedy Plus for Wordless Wednesday.

November 1st

Welcome to the Dark Half of the Year.
Yeehaw mutherfuckers, let’s do this.

*sigh*
So, the last few weeks have been busy, busy, busy.
Ok, so when aren’t things busy here?
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We bought a live pig, brought him home and processed him.
We’re still working on the yard for the turkeys…we ran out of stucco wire for fencing, but found a decent deal on rolls from the local home improvement store. So, that’s today and tomorrow’s plan.
That way I can clean out the turkey coop and them giant effing birds can get some time outside before real winter hits.
Last week they turned 3 months old.
I’ve got to take some new picture for y’all, because they are incredible looking!!
Whew.
I’m super happy with them.
And I’m so looking forward to them laying eggs…
I’ve been looking up videos of turkey mating so I know exactly what to expect come spring.
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Last night was a crazy windy, chilly night.
Being out in the country, we don’t get trick or treaters, sadly.
But it was a wild and crazy night for us to drive out on our big field and (inserting some witchcraft here so skip to the next paragraph if that sorta thing bothers you ❀ ) renew the wards on the Farm.
Normally I walk the corners, and salt the posts/perimeter with prayers for protection, but this year, I had Hubby home, it was a full moon, time change, windy like crazy and the energy was **electric**!
So I got him to drive me out to do the corners after dark.
It.
Was.
Awesome.
And I figured 2020 was NOT the year to play fast and loose with spiritual protections.
So we got that done and we’re good now, starting the Dark Half of the Year.

(Safe to come back to reading now, the witchery talk is done ❀ )

Hopefully hay makes it here today.
I’ve been texting back and forth with our Hay Guy…he hasn’t forgotten us, just been busy, but I’m low and The Merry Mares are on hay full time now.
So the plan is for today.
Fingers crossed.

And now, I’m trying to decide on our next Farm purchase.
Every year, we get a rebate on a portion of our school taxes (which are included in our property taxes) because we are zoned agricultural farm land.
That money is always invested back into the Farm.
This year I’m torn between a still…because as things get more and more ridiculous out there in the world (our provincial govt is in the process of taking us back to full lockdown…because y’know they “opened up too fast” in the spring and that why in the Fall cases are rising…yeah, okay. whatever. Not like locking down will push the next round of cases out to the next time we reopen or anything…just remember, if you don’t wear a mask, it’s *your* fault we don’t get Christmas…hint…I never wear a mask, and am quite well versed in what the exemptions are under the health orders continually imposed on us…so that bit about masks is pure sarcasm, in case anyone missed it…)
Anyways…the still…one thing Hubby needs is distilled water for his cpap machine. So a still would be a valuable tool to have…we will *not* talk about distilling spirits like whiskey, rum, vodka dn gin.
Oh no, we won’t discuss that at all.
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Buuuut…I’m also looking at another, bigger incubator.
Listen, poultry is something I can grow a lot of.
I have the space, the skills, the poultry.
Now the ducks have been making babies, so they can do what they’re gonna do.
But I have turkeys who will be sexually mature come spring, plus a whole lotta chickens, including our Chonky:

Chonky the Cornish meat hen

Chonky is laying eggs and has a boyfriend in one of the big roos…so we really want to separate her and him for some eggs to hatch.
I want to be able to keep those chicks separate from other chicks so that’s gonna take a dedicated incubator.
See where I’m going?
The 2 I have just aren’t quite enough for all that I want to hatch.
Plus, if I have a bigger one that I can hatch more out earlier, I have less smaller chickens at this time of year to process.
It makes sense.

But again, the problem is, not enough money to do both a still and an incubator.
I have a bit of time to decide, but weighing the pros and cons have been…difficult…to say the least.
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But on that note, I oughta get my butt moving.
Still have to finish putting the garden to bed, break up some pumpkins for seeds and feed, and help out getting my turkey birds yard done.

Have a great day folks, and here’s hoping level 11 of Jumanji goes easy on us all.
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