Ralph has built very nice nest boxes and a duck took over one. We thought we were ready and for one maybe two broody turkeys it would have been fine. Nothing we researched said (A) they would lay so young (B) Lay prolifically at 5 to 6 eggs a week or (C) ALL go broody at once
Anyway we are learning. We have about 6 days before we know if they are going to be successful......with poults.
One turkey hen hatched a chick. Chickens take 21 days.....turkeys 29 days so she ignored it but wasn't mean to it but she wouldn't take it our to feed it.
We gave it to a broody hen who loved it but got confused about the chick and her eggs. Sigh....we kept putting the chick back and she would tuck it under her feathers carefully and then it would get out again.
It was fine though and is a tiny golden chick.
The day before yesterday we were expecting a heavy thunder storm so Ralph went out to the workshop to put the Grillo inside.
I was doing dishes and he came in with his dreaded "Fiona, we have a problem" line!
He was holding the chick. He had found it out almost to the Oak tree and it was peeping feircely.
Oh grief I thought.
Anyway the little thing took right to water and food, I would tap the tabletop by food and it would peck like crazy...water was much the same way. What to do with one tiny chick. Humn. Well we have Bio-dome to start plants and they are currently empty.
This is what they look like set up for germination, I took out the plug trays.
So here I am, technically a hen with one chick!
Can you resist this adorableness! I mean really!!!
So continue our adventures. By the way the cat sleeps beside the biodome and the chick will peck the side and the cat flies off the table as if the very devil was after her!
God Bless you all and enjoy all the tiny surprise's you get in life!