This place truly is the Funny Farm.
I have now lost the cuckoo marans I just bought, also between last year and this 4 nice barred rocks, I have one rather puny barred rock that came form McMurray hatcheries. Anyone seeing a color theme here? I have a predator with a taste for black and white it seems.
Moving on, My hen turkey started sitting and my Tom took off with the wild flock, my bantie was broody so I gave her a few turkey eggs and she hatched out two, who came into the house with broodie mama in a pen as I didn't have a way to separate them from the rest of the flock. Mama raised the two turkeys beautifully and then said flock you to them and returned outside. She would go in and out twice a day to get a dust bath and poop but decided one afternoon she was not coming back in the house, so I now have tow turkey chicks who think I am Mama, and it has be3en raining for days so i have not been able to put them in their outside pen and let them out in the house to get exercise. Hoppy, the goose eggs I had blown out for you were on the kitchen table, the syringe worked great! However, notice the word 'were'? The turkeys thought the kitchen table looked interesting so they got up to explore while I was in the powder room, when those egg shells hit the floor they were no longer in one piece. Continuing the saga, the turkey hen had one chick partially hatch and die, and would not stop sitting the other egg even after she poked a small hole in it and rotten egg fumes were coming out. My goose has laid thirteen eggs and seems to have no interest in sitting except at night when i shut everyone in. The other morning I put the eggs I collected in the wheelbarrow where the turkey hen chose to nest, I went to feed the potbelly pig and came out to find she had tucked them all under her in less that 2 minutes, and beat the snot out of my arm when I took them back. This morning I decided to set six of the goose eggs in the turkubator. I took her rotten egg away and gave her six goose eggs to sit. On top of that I have to pick up the broody Muscovy every night to get an egg because one of the hens keeps getting in with her and laying an egg, she is already sitting 15 duck eggs.
What would we do without our critters to keep things entertaining?
Oh, on another crappy note I have some rats in my barn and they did in my female quail, so I have one very lonely little couternix quail in a cage in the house, and I have to find him a lady room mate or two, and figure out how to kill the *&(^% rats! I have tried regular spring traps, and an electric trap, but have not gotten one. I can't use poison cause the poultry free ranges and would tear a dead rat apart and eat it. Anyone got any good suggestions? I am thinking I may have two adopt a couple of feral cats to live around here, but am worried about poultry babies with those.
I am open to hearing any suggestions for the rat issue, the ducklings should start hatching this weekend while I am away of course, playing in a steel drum festival at Sugarloaf. I am hoping Mom is ferocious enough to defend them.