At 08:00 early, I will be in Mayerthorpe picking up this years flock of baby chicks and turkeys.
The brooding house is ready, with insulation, power, heat lamps, barricade and shavings. The temperature is right on 90F. We are ready!
After a year of watching these grow up, and mature, we tend to forget just how small and wonderful these critters can be! The 10 hens plus one rooster ( ROO, of course) kept us entertained and supplied us with 8 eggs per day all winter.
At present, the surplus eggs are being sold to offset the cost of feed. Labour is free, of course. We also give eggs to people that appear to be in need. Most recipients insist on paying, and once in the chain they are hooked, saying that they could never go back to store bought eggs again! Me to!
I have a heritage breed also coming, but the supplier is new, and having difficulties. Hopefully, there won't be too much of a discrepency in time or I will have difficulty integrating them.
The late arrivals will be 6 Gold Laced Wyandotts.
I shouldn't have to count on Roo for an alarm call in the morning. Fortunately, UFA in Mayerthorpe is only 45 minutes away. The priority will be to get these little gaffers home, dip their beaks in the water trough and see how they settle in.
Friday is going to be a GOOD day!
Oh yeah, lots of pictures is also a priority!