I wanted to mention that last Friday dh had a car for sale and a young lady came up from Dubois to buy it. While we were chatting she told me that she and her bf both work for Farbest down there. She said they are already working on repopulating the depopulated barns. Her boyfriend has worked major overtime in the past 2 weeks scrubbing and sanitizing to get them ready. She didnt say where they are getting the new turkeys but I just thought that seemed awfully quick in terms of making sure the disease is gone. I feel awful for the birds they put down but Im still selfish enough not to want my birds to catch AI because they didnt sanitize enough and brought it back to the area.
As far as hatching this year, I'll be hatching Barred Rock, Buff Orp, Rhode Island Reds, White Leghorn, and my little Orpinghorns . I hope to have some Lavender Orp and Easter Egger chicks from Janet soon lol.
Ive never ordered chicks mail order, but I did drive to a small hatchery not far from me last summer for chicks. Ive heard a lot of people say they love these people but I had a very bad experience. Since they do ship, I thought I'd give my experience. It was Akers Hatchery and Eggs in Salem. I had spoken with them before hand to make sure they had what I wanted and went after 10 buff orpington and 10 barred rock chicks. When I got there they had chicks in 4 different brooders. Every single one had dead chicks in it that were being trampled by the others. All of the chicks (well at least the ones he put in the boxes for me) were coated in feces and smelled horribly. Its a 40 minute drive from me and was the middle of summer but two died on my way home. Over the next week, all but 3 died. Out of 20. I ended up treating those last 3 with Corrid and they made it. I had them in a broodbox inside my house, they were never exposed to any other birds or the ground here. When I tried to let the people know it took them a week to get back with me because they had been busy showing goats and they told me they hadnt noticed any more chick losses than normal. They did offer to replace the losses then but I was afraid to bring anymore of their chicks here so I opted out. Thats when I started trying to hatch my own. Ive lost a stray chick here and there but never like what I saw there and my chicks have never been in that condition. That said, again Ive heard other people were happy with them. Idk.
Happier news- we have baby bunnies! I havent disturbed the nest enough to take pictures or even get a count. Just noticed this morning mommy had pulled fur over the top of the nest so i stuck a finger in there and sure enough, there was a warm wriggly body . She usually has between 6 & 9 kits at a time. I love Spring!