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Murphy's law in full force!
It is like the "white sports" I have had 5 hatched this spring. I want a flock of them so badly. I have not lost many birds at all this year. Maybe 2% which is pretty good for me. BUT 3 of the whites have died! One fail to thrive, one was trampled in a stampede of stupid birds when I fed them. The last one committed suicide by getting trapped between the feeder and the brooder wall. How they moved the feeder that close to the wall is beyond me!
That is the $84,000 question and why the state Vets should get involved.
I know what you mean! Ethel has her "beak a tad out of joint" too. We had let JJ out, as I told you. The other toms were beating the poop out of him, when my wife declared the other toms all dead. So yesterday I made a special pen for the boys and put them in it yesterday. They are not happy boys.
I am, and I know some of you will not like this, feeding them high protein feed and LOTS of shell corn. I want to fatten them up for about 3 weeks before the deed is done. They are thin from relentless strutting and fighting through the wire. The stupid toms do not even take time to eat! Once I get them fat, they will be going to freezer camp, except one that is schedule to visit the smoker for my niece's graduation from college.
So I went into the turkey run to get JJ and release him, again. Ethel came running over to me quacking like a wet hen and PO'd because she was lucked up. When I told her she had to stay in longer and shut the door on her, I really heard it. All afternoon I heard her quacking her protests over still being locked up!
So I know exactly what you are in for!
GUESS WHAT, EVERYONE?
I have eggs hatching today!....and tomorrow.. and the next day...and the next....
I really screwed up my egg setting somehow. I was doing so good, until the turkeys and chickens started messing with the schedule.
I'm going that way, too. More under the 2nd broody and 7 in the incubator. I sympathize.
I have 40 in the hatchers and about 60 to go in today and 30 tomorrow... Could be bad,,
You need to let Ethel out by herself in the evenings during Chicken TV for some special bonding time!