I have been losing chicks at a prodgious rate! I suspect it has been the weak that just can't hold their own in a crowd. Not sure any of them would have made it if I had fewer to care for, since I have had help and we've done what we could. It seems as though I'm finding half a dozen still, cold little bodies morning and night. I'm darned tired of this!
Is it the distance or is it the quality of birds? I have no idea, but I don't care. I'm not doing this again. It looks like I will have enough colored egg layers to keep me happy for a while, and the turkeys will fill the freezer nicely. I thought about this on my way to work yesterday morning...why do I have these birds? I figure my goal is egg production to sell, and breeding colored egg layers. I can do that with what I have at this point, and likely supplement my current flocks with local purchases. I see no need to put any birds (or me) through this kind of trauma again.
Now, to put me in a better frame of mind, here are some of the chicks I have that are thriving! I only know what a few of them are.
2 A little smaller, lighter in color
3 Maybe Polish, but not as well-defined head puff
4 White Polish, with a very well-defined puff
5 This one has a pronounced breast, it's not just a huge crop
6. I have about a dozen of these
7. From the cheeks and beard, I deduce this is an EE
8. Same for this one, although the head is a lot puffier than #7
9 I have one of these. Spangled Hamburg?
10 The turkey poult was obviously not a chick. Looks to me like Mr Burns! I'll have to call another one Smithers.