Today I got my little, bitty babies for the homestead. I have always wanted to have turkey on the farm, but I always seemed to have problems with day old turkeys. We would order the babies, they would arrive heathy and then die within a week. I was told over and over again that turkeys are not the brightest of the fowl. You have to teach them to eat and drink. A day old chicken only needs their beak dipped into the water and food upon being unpacked at the farm. You then let them loose in the area you have for them and they will figure out to eat and drink when they need to.
Turkey – not so much. There is a saying, that a turkey will drown in the rain. They throw their head back and literally drown from the rain coming down into their mouths. Apparently, that was the type of turkey that I was always lucky to have come to the homestead. After asking around about my homestead failures – I came upon the trick. You buy the baby turkeys from someone who already raised them for a couple weeks!
So this year I purchased 4 Bronze Turkeys from a gal who had already taught them how to eat and drink. 2 of them are 2 weeks old and 2 are 4 weeks old. Per-fect!! Well, all except that the temperature here is only in the 60’s during the day and 50’s overnight for the next few days. So instead of the babies roaming around the homestead eating grass and bugs, they are in my bathtub. Staying warm. Because I wasn’t set up for a heated outdoor space in JUNE.
I’ll give you one guess how The Boy is reacting to turkey babies in the bathtub…. Yup! Not well! Poor kid will go running into the room and he obviously needs to ‘go’. He get’s one glimpse of the box with the babies in it… and he is off and running out at lightening speed! I tried to hide them by pulling the shower curtain closed, but now the poor kid peeks in to see if the babies are still there. When he sees them… zoom… off and running again!
Hopefully the weather on the homestead will warm up soon. I don’t want to prolong this stress for The Boy and I certainly don’t want to keep him from using the bathroom when he needs it! It’s bad enough that the smell in there is already that of a barn… thankfully I have my Purification essential oil and Thieves cleaner cause MAN does it smell ripe in there… and it has only been a few hours.
But babies on the farm are always worth it <3