The last time we posted about our turkeys, they were still living in the box. We had a hard time transferring them to the chicken coop, and we even lost 2 in the process.
We finally were able to move them into the chicken coop and they have been steadily growing and thriving. You can see that one is definitely male. The other two appear to be female, so we think we may have gotten lucky after all. The dog managed to leave us the right configuration of birds.
I am sad to inform everyone that we lost 2 of our turkeys recently.
You may recall our previous failure at releasing our turkeys into the chicken coop, and the fact that they were able to squeeze their bodies through a 2 x 3 inch wire fencing.
Well, a couple of weeks later and a couple more inches in height on these birds and we tried again. This time Michael stayed in the coop and watched them struggle to fit through the fencing without success. Yay! We thought. Continue reading “R.I.P. Turkeys”→
So our turkeys have lived in the same box since they were tiny chicks. They are now so big their heads almost touch the top of the box. Every time we go to feed them they try to jump out. It was time for them to live outside with our chickens. Continue reading “Releasing the Turkeys”→
I have raised several batches of chickens from babies, even helped hatch one that was abandoned by the mom. And I have NEVER had to deal with the phenomena known as Pasty Butt, until now!
Pasty Butt also known as pasted vent and pasting up is a condition that occurs in baby chicks when droppings stick to the down surrounding their vent. Poop builds up to form a blockage that can be fatal to the chicken unless removed.
My husband and I have many failed attempts… Just about everything we do, we seem to have to do twice (or 3 times) till we get it right. That’s one of the reasons for this blog, to help people stumbling through this same process. Or at least get a good laugh. 🙂 Continue reading “Failed Chicken Coop and Rabbit Keeping”→
We have been raising backyard chickens for 5 or 6 years now. We have had as few as 5 purchased from our local feed store, and as many as 30+ which we purchased through mail order. We have had great success ordering baby chicks (and sometimes turkeys) from Cackle Hatchery although you have to order at least 15 baby chicks to get them through the mail, so they keep each other warm.