Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs
Hope everything goes smoothly, I like when they get moved to the coop, they are so terrified but I know in a day or so they will be so happy for more room.
Well, not entirely smooth. Turkey moms and babies did fine moving to the big coop and pasture. None of my birds have ever had such a large area to roam, so they haven't gone far yet. All the rain has the weeds really high, so babies are having to work their way through. I've hand weeded a lot of it in the ally between the coop and pasture, but still have some to do. I'm leaving most of the sunflowers for shade and cover. The turkeys are not happy with having to share space with the chickens, but they used to, so they should settle down. One turkey hen has already chosen a spot in the brush for a nest. Not gonna happen. Plus, I haven't brought the tom over yet and she hasn't seen him in a few months. I had to carry her, and her egg, back to the coop.
The older babies moved from my coop at the neighbor's to the large grow out pen at my friend's. This is where the momma hens were. I can't keep any birds where I live because my land lady hates all poultry. Whatever. I had noticed one poult having a relapse of his previous vit. deficiency issue, so I was going to leave him and get him a dose of vitamins. But as I was catching the others, they trampled him. I didn't realize he was down in the crate I keep in the grow out pen. He couldn't get up, so I culled him. The rest seem pretty happy in there new digs. I hope to integrate them into the big coop soon.
The next group was supposed to move into the small grow out at the neighbor's, but I ran out of time and energy. I have it ready, so I'll move them before work in the morning. Then the poults in the dog crate can move to the brooder and the last hatch of spring will go into the hatcher tomorrow.