Tuesday, February 08, 2022
(Moon phase is Waxing Crescent; February’s “Snow Moon” rises fullest on 16th.)
Three weeks have passed since I adopted two hen turkeys and their two buddy chickens. They’ve been kenneled inside the larger chicken area to acquaint all the birds. My twin dwarf goats living among the chickens now also know the newbies. Today, I will release the turkeys and their chicken mates into the larger flock and goats.
I will observe the integration process, hoping all goes well. I’ll also enlarge a couple of the “in and out” openings to feed areas,” providing access for big turkeys while keeping them too small for goats.
I’ll leave the integration fencing and weather protection that have accommodated the new birds. The setup will house my brooder babies when they’re fully feathered and ready to join the outside flock. That way, they’ll meet the larger fowl and goat community over several weeks.
So, today’s a big one at Eight Pines Ranch. It’s about freeing the new birds and seeing if they’ve integrated well among the existing flock. It’s a teaching day, for reassurance that my little baby chicks can follow the same process.
Dear Friends: The babies are growing quickly and need a larger brooder. Diana