I have one broody. Her eggs are due in 1 1/2 weeks. She started with 6 eggs, and now has 5.
Juggling chicks, ducklings, and two goslings that we drove an hour away and picked up on Sunday. The two goslings were in a cage with two older goslings, trampling on them. One was just hatched that morning. There was a cage on top of that cage, with chicken chicks, that the sellers tried to cover the bottom of that cage, but chick poop was falling though. One of my goslings has dried poop on it's neck. I cut most of off yesterday. He's not thriving like the other one.
In the barn was a chicken lying in her side. The owner picked her up and put in a cage, with an empty water dish. Another cage was in the barn, with chicken chicks, and one gosling the owner said 10 days old. Had an empty water dish with poop in it. She put water in the dish after I said something about it, without cleaning the dish. Everyone was so thirsty. I wanted to purchase all the goslings, but with an almost dead chicken in the barn, I can't risk bringing disease home. I purchased the two youngest ones, since they had less time to be contaminated.
I've sent the seller an e-mail, explaining about the poor conditions the poultry are kept in. Ironically she is heavily involved in a dog rescue!! I am checking to see if there is anything that can be done by a waterfowl rescue, and will inquire with the Humane Society today. It may be that their only hope is that people buy them.