This morning dawned clear with a beautiful deep blue sky devoid of clouds. The temperature was 66° around 5:30 and has risen to 72° at the present 8:57 time mark. By the time we start working on the wall covering and roofing of the new turkey house, it will be in the 80’s with expected highs of near 90 by afternoon.
The turkeys in the brooding house need to be moved, because one or two of them occasionally popped through the screen netting and onto the floor with the meat chickens, which is not healthy for the turkeys...and sure enough those two turkeys died days later. They have no immune system at this age and can contract disease from chicken droppings very easily...killing them.
Hopefully, by today we will have the building finished and the turkeys over in their own building with an outside run.
There is a large, old hornets nest which I sprayed last year, killing all the hornets. I didn’t remove the nest from the soffit though, and the other day, I noticed Max was getting stung by something in the barnyard (near the old bee’s nest, although I never would have thought...) The next day, I was hammering and pounding at the corner of the old building, (near the nest) and then in the front, trying to move the roofing to measure height for the front wall, when I noticed a swarm around the rear corner of the building. I moved down the fence and looked around the building and realized that a ka-zillion yellow jackets took up residence in that old hornets nest. Freeloaders.....I thought... Since then, I have been dousing that nest with wasp and hornet spray since then and they are still there. (I forgot and went to bed last evening without spraying it....DUHHHHH!!!!) So we’ll spray it good this morning.
Well, it’s now 8:21 in the evening and the turkey house is completed. (almost) We almost roasted to death in the ninety degree heat and sun, and we’re sun burnt too. The nine turkey poults are now in the old turkey house and the three Royal Palm’s and Tina, our pet broad breasted bronze is in the new turkey house, complete with slide gate and ramp.
Every one is happy and I’m pooped...my legs ache and I’m getting ready to go to Catskill for dinner with my helper and sweetheart...
Oh yeah....Tuesday evening we went to Vick’s Mom’s house and took her out for dinner and when we returned...We found that a bear had entered her kitchen through the window, smashing everything in it’s way and stole the garbage from the can in the kitchen. Below a few pictures......
Friday, August 03, 2012... The “Bears Of Vly Mountain” Revisited Again......
Well, yesterday We almost finished the turkey house. All that is left is to close the gable end in above the window, which you can see in the last photo.
Yesterday afternoon, we got a brief phone call from Vick’s Mom telling us the bear broke in again yesterday morning, just after she got up. This morning we talked to our sister-in-law, and learned that her Mom was coming down the stairs when she heard a crash. She thought Vick’s brother was in the kitchen and had dropped something as he made coffee for her or something. She ended up standing at the entrance to her kitchen looking at the bear, again...partway in the window, after smashing the window out again. She ran screaming and the bear departed to the woods. Until Vick’s Mom got through the hallway which ties her house to Vick’s brother’s house...and the daughter-in-law ran over to see, the bear was again ready to enter the kitchen, with both front paws and her head inside the building. She scared it away again and called En-Con to have the bear removed. They trapped it and checked another bear that was hanging around the trap when they arrived after a call that the trap had been set off. They removed the culprit, but I fear this story is just starting and they will again have trouble with the “Bears of Vly Mountain”.
|The young turkey poults in their new home|
|They're loving their new home with outside accomadations|
|Terrance Turkey in new house with old yard...|
|The new turkey house with slide gate...|
|The gable end needs finished yet and we're done...|
|The bear entered here, into the kitchen...|
|The mess he left outside...|
If you like what we talk about and the pictures we show, why not become a follower? Join at the left by clicking on "Join this site". Also, feel free to leave a message anytime about anything I write. Skip