I would love them again but am just not ready. I will sure be PM'ing you when we are. I want young or hand raised for sure. Would really love to give a broody turkey eggs! To me that would imprint them to the flock the best. With the Midget Whites broody hens is a total non issue, same with bourbons lol.
Speaking of broody hens, the chocolate muscovy you gave us last year disappeared, and I finally found her this morning... on a nest. Got her some much needed food and water, but the eggs she's sitting on are surely infertile because it's been a month since a drake was around. Two roosters have periodically tried but there's a host of reasons they couldn't get the job done ;)
I'll need to get a couple fertile eggs because the last time I had one sit on infertile eggs, she was on the nest for months, trying desperately to hatch air. I eventually had to pitch all of them because she was starving to death. This girl's at least as desperate for motherhood as the Swedish was. I'm not sure if she's left the nest at all in two days. She did nip me when I tried to roll one of the eggs back under her (it had rolled to where she couldn't get to it). Even nipping me, she was much nicer about it than the Swedish, but I've taken eggs out from under her before, and she just doesn't want to take chances.
Summer harvest of cherry tomatoes and cucumbers is going splendidly. Cantaloupes are taking over everything. Strawberries have been very poor producers. Pumpkins seem to be infested with squash borers
Trogdor will need to be put down, which is just heartbreaking. DH and I engineered a sling for him, but it started tearing (not where we thought it would at all) in the night and left him turned around--away from food and water overnight--and also cut off circulation to parts of his legs. I took him down this morning and let him rest on some foam rubber mats, but he's apparently losing consciousness due to pain in his legs and has passed out in his water bowl. He hasn't drowned yet, but it's just a matter of time before he does, and he's in so much pain that he's not eating this morning. He doesn't even want to eat the cheese (I use it to hide his aspirin). So, yeah... despite initial progress, his prognosis is grim, and the weeks he would likely spend in recovery just don't seem to be worth it, knowing that he's going to be in this much pain indefinitely.
One of the silkie chicks also went missing a few days ago. I'm hoping a kid saw it and mistook it for a "baby bird". No sign of attack at all; it just bodily disappeared.
Of the seven muscovy chicks, it looks like we may have a 3 drakes/ 4 hens split. The tiny two are catching up to the middle two who are behind the big three. It looks like all but one is pied. Not sure if we have any chocolates--everyone seems to be black. At least two are barred