Archive for September, 2010

Turkey TV

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The turkeys are really getting friendlier. They are so inquisitive.

I seriously love these turkeys.

Oh, and guess what? We’ve had almost an inch of rain today, and the turkeys have been outside in it on a regular basis. And they didn’t drown! Where did that old wives tale come from?

Outside Sinks, Broody Hens, and Turkey Pens

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Remember the outside sink I posted about a couple of days earlier? Bernie’s been busy on it.

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He even installed the towel rack I asked for – on the INSIDE of the door. Which is exactly where I wanted it. It keep pups and chickens from grabbing my wash clothes/towels and running with them. Don’t ask me why I asked for that :)

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He installed plumbing so it drains outside the cabinet.

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And he even built a “lid” to put over the sink when I’m not using it.

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*sigh* I do love my man.

The hen I promised Charlotte has hatched out her chicks in Bernie’s boat. I’ve counted 7 so far. They hide under mama when I come around. I think there are more. This little broody is a good mama. Charlotte’s coming for them tomorrow.

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And, even though it’s incredibly ugly, the turkeys are totally digging the snow fence we covered the turkey run with to allow them to come outside.

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They’ll be confined there until we know they will tuck themselves up inside the coop each night. Bernie has already enamored himself with them. After a day of sitting on the steps with them, they’ve completely decided they love him. Who could blame them? Certainly not me :)

Sunday Projects

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

I mentioned that I’m keeping the turkeys in their coop for a couple of weeks until they learn to think of it as their new home. There are a couple of small windows in the coop, but the turkeys really can’t see out of them. I wanted them to be able to look outside and begin to get comfortable with some of the things they’ll be seeing on a daily basis. So this morning, we made a little wire insert so we can open the coop door and the wire will allow the turkeys to look outside and get some fresh air.

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They seemed to like it.

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Bernie sat and watched them a while.

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You can see the goats over his shoulder below. The turkeys look out into the goat yard from their door.

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When we finished with the wire window, we started working on a frame for a backyard sink and cabinet.

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It’ll be closed in so I can store the things I use to clean animal feeders and waterers. Bernie is about sick to death of me using the air conditioner unit as my “table”.

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We ran out of scraps, so we stopped for the day. One more piece of OSB should finish it up.

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I haven’t shown pictures of the pups lately, so I took a few when we went down on our mail run earlier.

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They have gotten so big.

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They love the daily mail run – even when it’s Sunday and there is no mail to get.

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Sweet pups.

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Wow – two posts in as many days! Maybe I’ll get back on track with this blog after all :)

The New Kids

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Bernie’s been busy constructing some new living quarters.

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It’s right next to the goat barn.

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The goats have been very curious about who their new neighbors are going to be.

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Today they moved in. But before I introduce you to them, I need to brag on Bernie’s wonderful workmanship. He made a split door – so the bottom can open while the top stays closed.

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Do you know who the new neighbors are now? Neighbors that will get big enough to need a door bottom to fit through, of course! Meet the new kids.

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Two hens and a tom – courtesy of Angie. These are Bronze Turkeys.

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They are confined to their coop for a couple of weeks so they learn where home is. They were a little leery of me when I first went out sit with them for a few minutes.

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But in just a few minutes they were walking all around me and eating and drinking.

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There’s always one in every crowd, and this girl was dancing in the food dish in no time at all.

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She was the life of the party, and no one seemed to mind.

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But the hanging feeder gets installed tomorrow……

I just love their eyes.

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And look at this sweet face.

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A big thanks to Angie for these awesome birds. She promised me we would love them. I just didn’t think it could happen so quickly!