All that comes to mind to describe my day...had a bad day!!
I hate sharing losses of what i cant help but feel like neglect on my part, but....called my neighbors this morning to give her a heads up i may be seen wandering their woods as my turkey hen hadn't came home. I stayed up til 5am because my dog wouldn't come in and was barking up a storm all through the night, in the woods etc...
So i went on a further search and found a pile of feathers where her nest must have been!
Crazy part of the story. ... now my dog never did come in..i finally passed out, woke up at 10am. ..see 2 turkey eggs side by side on my deck, weird, walk out front to start my hunt, 2 more turkey eggs right off the drive, next to my truck. ..then see my dog with 3 more but only shells.. He was bringing them all home as she had been killed. Something killed her and had eaten some of the eggs, the 4 on the deck and in the front were unscathed! He's part Lab with a very soft mouth when retrieving! Seriously blew my mind!
Now how he spent all night out there and didn't prevent her death is beyond me but those eggs went straight to the bator.
Thank goodness my other 2 girls seem to be laying in the same nest that I'm gathering from and they are not trying to brood them any longer. .or for now.
Then bummed one of the bronze hatches died.?? Just found it dead in the brooder.
Did have a little fun, threw together a large netted area so the ducklings could hang out with us all day under some small oaks. Kids had a snow day so no school, several neighborhood kids over playing in the creek and on the trampoline, neighbor brought her twin granddaughters over to sit with the ducklings for a bit. Wrapped up with a good evening! Few drinks with DH and first baseball games of the season in the morning!
What a gorgeous day! Sinuses are not as happy with it though!
Reading your post again and yeah.. its so upsetting. Hear ya on sinus stuff am sneezing nonstop. You have an an awesome dog to collect her eggs. I confined the turkeys and its led to other losses here. My guinea especially. Quasey, my oldest Guinea girl is missing too. We are building more coops daily but even with trapping, I am convinced the owls are wiping out my remaining free range flock of birds. Am still up checking traps.