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I had tried HTML on here several times without success. It is great to learn there is at least a hyperlink.

I did a lot of reading on turkeys of all breeds and  sizes before I decided the Midget whites were the best turkey for me. I really only wanted to keep one breed so I wouldn't have mixed turkey. But I ended up with these 4 slates which all may become dinner some day depending on their sex. As far as the difference between Beltsville and Midget whites; The whites are supposed to be the best all around turkey for eating flavor. They do grow a little slower but that is one reason the meat tastes better. They are supposed to be very friendly and almost pet like. Beltsville have been around a little more so many have been in bred with other turkeys so it is difficult to assure you have the real thing...not that that really matters if you are raising them for the table. Beltsvilles lay better but the midgets eggs are much larger.

Here is a short paragraph from Mother Earth News: The midget white and the Beltsville white (another small breed of turkey) are very different. The Beltsville white has longer legs and less breast muscle development. There is no comparison between the favorable appearances of the process midget as compared to the Beltsville white. The ready-to-eat Beltsville white is not as appealing as the midget white. The breast of the Beltsville is not very plump, and the keel bone is apparent and not hidden as a dimple of breast, as in the midget. Most likely the Beltsville white will lay more eggs in the season. I also do not believe the Beltsville white would make a good pet like the midget, for they tend to be rather high-strung.

Oh and one other thing. The midgets have blue eyes. Which I think is just adorable!

Ivy I am so happy you are pleased with the pup. I could tell instantly that Mike was loving it.
 He really is an awesome guy. So you are letting him keep the name Britt? It was so cute. Ivy said something like, "well have to decide on a name." and he said. "I already have." I could see right then this dog is probably going to be a daddy's girl.

I've done a lot of chicken butchering but it really is hard on my back these days I discovered. I really think it is worth my time to take a load of them to be processed at one time rather than wear myself out doing it myself. If I had a plucker it would be ok, but by the time I paid for one I could pay to have a lot of birds butchered. And the smell just kind of gets up your nose and makes it hard to eat chicken for a while.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

100s of birds and zero spare time!  Brahmas/light, partridge, laced, splash; Speckled and Coronation Sussex; exhibition buff, lavender, white, black, barred plus 100% English Orpingtons; Heritage Barred Rocks, Breda Fowl, true Araucana;  Ancona, Cayuga, Pekin, Mandarin & wood ducks;Red Golden pheasant;Guineas;Midget white,Bourbon Red turkey;Sabastopol geese;Peafowl. Great pyrenees.
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100s of birds and zero spare time!  Brahmas/light, partridge, laced, splash; Speckled and Coronation Sussex; exhibition buff, lavender, white, black, barred plus 100% English Orpingtons; Heritage Barred Rocks, Breda Fowl, true Araucana;  Ancona, Cayuga, Pekin, Mandarin & wood ducks;Red Golden pheasant;Guineas;Midget white,Bourbon Red turkey;Sabastopol geese;Peafowl. Great pyrenees.
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A Kansas Livestock Advertising sourse:

 

http://kansasclassifieds.ruralmessenger.com/Livestock%2B38%2BPets/listings/7000_7001-1

 

It includes everything from chicks to horses, cattle, etc.  Free to use.

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Danz - thanks for the clarification on the difference between MW's and Beltsvilles. 

 

Ivy - congrats on Britt!  Yes - we will look forward to seeing more pics!

 

Tweety - have fun at your daughter's baby shower.  I guess if she's due in 4 weeks you could be a grandma any day, since babies don't always adhere to schedules.  We look forward to hearing your announcement.  That is neat that you got to visit your stepson's chickens and its nice that he wanted to invite you over when he could.  My DSD and I have always got on great but for a long time things with her mom were kind of awkward, so I know how that goes.  We have finally got to the point we can have a chat quite comfortably but it took many years to get there.

 

Hawkeye are you planning to try to hatch any specific breeds this year?  Perhaps you can make use of your broody hen and turkey to be your incubators!  Or if you were planning on adding a few chicks to your flock this year, maybe just put the chicks under them at night after they've sat on infertile eggs for 2-3 weeks, and let them raise the chicks for you.

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Bluestem is going to have "Chick days" again this summer.  I saw their ad in front of the store yesterday.......

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Hawkeye are you planning to try to hatch any specific breeds this year?  Perhaps you can make use of your broody hen and turkey to be your incubators!  Or if you were planning on adding a few chicks to your flock this year, maybe just put the chicks under them at night after they've sat on infertile eggs for 2-3 weeks, and let them raise the chicks for you.



If you introduce chicks to a hen that aren't her's she might end up pecking them. It is one of those things you need a back up plan for.

Since Chopper discovered the cat food and the cat fountain, (s)he has become a cat food fiend. I just fed the cats their treat and guess who got most of it? Nope it wasn't the cats. I finally had to take the duck back and put him up because I think he would have foundered himself.

He did the cutest thing this morning. He was sitting in his bin being a perfectly good duck. But when I sat up in bed and said something to the cat he jumped out of the bin and came running into the bedroom looking for me. He followed me into the bathroom while I filled his water bowl. I put it in his bin and he jumped back into his bin to drink his water. No one will ever convince me that birds aren't smarter than we normally think.

100s of birds and zero spare time!  Brahmas/light, partridge, laced, splash; Speckled and Coronation Sussex; exhibition buff, lavender, white, black, barred plus 100% English Orpingtons; Heritage Barred Rocks, Breda Fowl, true Araucana;  Ancona, Cayuga, Pekin, Mandarin & wood ducks;Red Golden pheasant;Guineas;Midget white,Bourbon Red turkey;Sabastopol geese;Peafowl. Great pyrenees.
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100s of birds and zero spare time!  Brahmas/light, partridge, laced, splash; Speckled and Coronation Sussex; exhibition buff, lavender, white, black, barred plus 100% English Orpingtons; Heritage Barred Rocks, Breda Fowl, true Araucana;  Ancona, Cayuga, Pekin, Mandarin & wood ducks;Red Golden pheasant;Guineas;Midget white,Bourbon Red turkey;Sabastopol geese;Peafowl. Great pyrenees.
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RIGHT?!?!
 

 

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The time it takes to do it is extensive.  Then you have all those stinkin' pin feathers that you can't pluck.  I still have the smell of chicken being singed over an open flame to burn off the pinfeathers in my memory.  Sigh.  But the chicken WAS good.  wink.png

 



Dh when he dresses them, skins them so we don't even worry about the feathers...But he likes his chickens and doesn't like dressing them, but that's also why I got rabbit, even though rabbits some people say are "cuter", they are similar to chicken and that way DH doesn't have to do the chickens... But yeah, when we did it, it WAS good....

 

Peacock update: No swelling at all... and everyone else is doing great! celebrate.gif doing the happy chicken dance...

Danz

Xena says what the heck you set me up for?

 

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Oh, and mom, I'm making new friends!

 

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I only 3 pups still available.....Xena is ticking them off, she likes being big sis!

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Great pictures Candace. I am starting to miss my babies. Sure glad I am keeping one for myself. I sure won't miss the extra feeding and the poop though! I love seeing my babies in their new homes. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy,

100s of birds and zero spare time!  Brahmas/light, partridge, laced, splash; Speckled and Coronation Sussex; exhibition buff, lavender, white, black, barred plus 100% English Orpingtons; Heritage Barred Rocks, Breda Fowl, true Araucana;  Ancona, Cayuga, Pekin, Mandarin & wood ducks;Red Golden pheasant;Guineas;Midget white,Bourbon Red turkey;Sabastopol geese;Peafowl. Great pyrenees.
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100s of birds and zero spare time!  Brahmas/light, partridge, laced, splash; Speckled and Coronation Sussex; exhibition buff, lavender, white, black, barred plus 100% English Orpingtons; Heritage Barred Rocks, Breda Fowl, true Araucana;  Ancona, Cayuga, Pekin, Mandarin & wood ducks;Red Golden pheasant;Guineas;Midget white,Bourbon Red turkey;Sabastopol geese;Peafowl. Great pyrenees.
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Danz, so how many pups still need to go to their new homes yet?

 

IVY, such a cute story about your DH & the puppy, sounds like she has his wrapped around her little paw! You'll have to get us some pics of her in her new home.

 

Candace, those are such cute pics, looks like your new pup is fitting in well. Yesterday Lily found one of my hens in a pile of brush, I think she was trying to go broody in there. I saw her trying to get at something in there & went out to see what she was doing. I don't know if she knew that chicken wasn't safe in that pile or what, but she wanted her out of there. I shooed her out & put sticks in the spot where she had hollowed out the leaves so it wasn't comfortable any more. I sure didn't want her out there sitting up on the hill by herself.

 

Hawkeye, good luck with Zorro & your project today, hope it turns out good for you.

 

It's raining here today, not hard right now, but just enough to make a mess. I guess I shouldn't complain we had such a long period without any.

I raise Ameraucanas in lavender, wheaten/blue wheaten, Swedish Flower Hens, Cream Legbars, Blue Laced Barnevelders, Lavender Orpingtons, Lemon Cuckoo Orpingtons, Heritage Barred Rocks, Heritage RIRs, & Cinnamon Queens & will have Partridge Orpingtons & Jubilee Orpingtons in 2014. I also have several colors of Guineas, Ancona Ducks, & India Blue Peafowl. I have a tiny little Yorkie, a Mal-Shi,...
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I raise Ameraucanas in lavender, wheaten/blue wheaten, Swedish Flower Hens, Cream Legbars, Blue Laced Barnevelders, Lavender Orpingtons, Lemon Cuckoo Orpingtons, Heritage Barred Rocks, Heritage RIRs, & Cinnamon Queens & will have Partridge Orpingtons & Jubilee Orpingtons in 2014. I also have several colors of Guineas, Ancona Ducks, & India Blue Peafowl. I have a tiny little Yorkie, a Mal-Shi,...
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I've got four left that I hope will be picked up this weekend.. Also have a back up buyer. One person who had backed out before has the financial problems worked out so they want one again. It just started raining here too. The forecast said it would be about 4:00. So as dumb as I am I put off doing the feeding and stuff thinking it would get warmer. It's going to be crappy out there. I really need to go get some more chick feed for the birds in here, and go feed the puppies, rain or not.

Chopper has been going all morning. I put the towel on my lap 5 minutes ago and he is sound asleep. He thinks he has to be on my lap to get his naps in. I think it is interesting. Ducks blink from the bottom up instead of the top down. I am always learning something even when I don't try.

Candace, that top picture looks like something you'd see on a calender. Puppy Xena did a great job of posing.

100s of birds and zero spare time!  Brahmas/light, partridge, laced, splash; Speckled and Coronation Sussex; exhibition buff, lavender, white, black, barred plus 100% English Orpingtons; Heritage Barred Rocks, Breda Fowl, true Araucana;  Ancona, Cayuga, Pekin, Mandarin & wood ducks;Red Golden pheasant;Guineas;Midget white,Bourbon Red turkey;Sabastopol geese;Peafowl. Great pyrenees.
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100s of birds and zero spare time!  Brahmas/light, partridge, laced, splash; Speckled and Coronation Sussex; exhibition buff, lavender, white, black, barred plus 100% English Orpingtons; Heritage Barred Rocks, Breda Fowl, true Araucana;  Ancona, Cayuga, Pekin, Mandarin & wood ducks;Red Golden pheasant;Guineas;Midget white,Bourbon Red turkey;Sabastopol geese;Peafowl. Great pyrenees.
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Verna, that's good that things are turning around for her, is she now able to keep the 9 month old?

 

Verna, yeah, that's a lug with a heat lamp, and that's where the other pups WERE.... lol They all left! She isn't really to to bad with them, but she does play like an 8 week up and they are only 3 weeks!

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