Today our turkeys arrived! Yesterday Bethany and I prepared their space, removing all the old bedding and disinfecting the floors and walls so they don't succumb to any chicken-carried diseases. This morning we went to the Pine Island feed store and picked them up, expecting to get 10 day-old turkeys, but instead we were given quite large poults, probably three or four weeks old.
We couldn't resist also purchasing two ducklings, from a batch that were available because nobody had ever picked them up. They are White Pekin ducks, raised for both eggs and meat, altho these lucky ducks will not end up as dinner.
We unpacked the new birds and gave them a drink of water with electrolytes added to help them recover from the stress of shipping. The weather is so abnormally cold for June, we turned a heating light on.
We both hung out in the coop for a while watching them adjust to their new home. We wanted to make sure the turkeys do not pick on the much smaller ducklings, but they seem to be as sweet and gentle as all our previous turkeys have been.
The turkeys are at a rather homely dinosaur-like stage, but the ducklings are irresistibly cute. I got them to someday be companions to our Black Indian Runner duck, the lone duck of the farm ever since her mate was a victim of the great-horned owl last fall.
Bethany offered to take charge of the turkeys this summer - so now she is officially the Turkey Tender.
In September 2008, we dived into our dream of creating a small, sustainable farm. Neither of us has previous farming experience, but we have enthusiasm and many ideas for this little 10-acre farmstead.