Twenty one of the last batch of turkeys survived (including the 3 Norfolk Black turkeys we bought as day old chicks to increase our gene pool). And now the second batch are hatching. A couple of days ago, James, Jess and Henry came across three little chicks over in the turkey enclosure. so we swept them up and popped them in the brooder with the ducklings …. cue another gratuitous photo of the ducklings
Then on Tuesday Jess found a squashed turkey egg, but the chick seemed still alive inside. She popped in into the incubator. I helped it hatch a little, it was pretty weak, but it made it. I don’t think it is damaged, but we just don’t know.
This one was already dead, but there was another one still alive in the shell. So I took this one and a whole bunch of other eggs into protective custody. I candled the eggs and kept about 10 of them – one had already pipped. This morning I helped the squashed turkey out and then the one from the pipped egg.
N.B. I know this blog has recently been hijacked by poultry, there will be more recipes and other news from the smallholding and elsewhere soon……