I hope you had a good week.
We've had a little trouble keeping our turkey in the yard. I don't know why. He usually stays around the chickens and the goats. He usually sleeps on the fence by the goats in the winter, and he sleeps on the fence by the chickens when the weather is nicer in spring and summer.
We had a few neighbors see him in their yard. Yesterday before we started to milk we got a call from a neighbor who saw him across the street. I love our good neighbors! This time Mr. Turkey was two blocks away!
I wish there had been another person with Matt and me to take a video of us catching the turkey. Our neighbor was there, but he was helping us catch the turkey, too.
It took three of us to corner the turkey, catch him, and get him into a dog crate to bring him home. We followed him through four back yards and down the street for a little while. We don't usually run after animals that we're trying to catch because that scares them and they run faster. We usually follow them and try to get them into a corner where it's easier to catch them.
|Mr. Turkey doesn't fit very well in the dog crate.|
It's big enough to bring him back to the farm in the back of the car.
If he decides to wander off again he may end up as Turkey Dinner. Our neighbors are nice, but they don't want a turkey wandering around in their yard digging up their flowers and gardens.
|This is another one of the new hens.|
Her feathers have almost all filled in. There is only one small bald spot by her tail.
All the small shiny feathers on her back are the new feathers.
|This hen is a banty. She's a mini-chicken. She can hatch out 2-3 large eggs. |
She's small so she can't keep very many eggs warm.
|This hen is a regular size hen.|
She can sit on 5-6 eggs and keep them warm.
|The ducks aren't broody.|
They were hiding their eggs.
|How many eggs do you see?|
They are a little dirty.
It's been chilly enough outside that the eggs are all still good to use!
Next month I'll send a bunch of eggs so you can see and feel the difference between duck eggs, chicken eggs, and turkey eggs.
|They all needed their hooves trimmed.|
Curly needed the 'tags' cut off, too.
He didn't want to stand properly in the milk stand so I trimmed him while his front feet were up on the stand and his back feet were on the ground.
I hope you have a great Spring Break!
There will be baby goats when you get back. We've kept an eye on Serenity, River, and Misty. They are ready to have their babies any day!