YESTERDAY I took a few hours off from the farm to go and have lunch with a friend. I don’t do this often as you know and I never know what I am going to be dealing with on my return. I left the Poppy’s big door open to the weather so she did not get stir crazy, put on clean clothes and left the farm.
But all was well. On my return, the worst Poppy had done was upend her water all over her courtyard. But it was warmer, the babies did not mind getting wet feet. Inside the barn was still dry and their creep was still warm and cosy.
To my relief, they were just as shiny and fat and funny when I got home as when i left. Even fatter probably – they grow very fast.
The wind has started to blow which is a good sign. We have three days of warm weather ahead of us before we drop back down into the cold. And I am going to make the most of it. Once the chicks come it will be busy again for a while.
I called to discuss the ducklings and the cold weather with Murray McMurray the hatchery and the woman seemed unperturbed about them travelling in next weeks cold. (As long as the Post Office does as it should, she said, deftly passing the buck). She did ask me if I wanted to reschedule but that would result in a hatch of ducklings that they may not be able to resell. And we all know what happens to chicks that do not sell. I know we don’t want to think about it but what do you think happens to all those rooster chicks from a hatch when we only order the females as layers. Unless we are vegans we are all part of that cycle. They do their best to place the extra chicks – the other hatchery I buy from is Ideal Poultry and I have had them call me on occasion trying to place a cancelled hatch. They try not to have to euthanise but the truth is not everything they hatch sells, the males in the laying world do not have the same demand, and my cancelling would add to that problem. My chicks are already started and I don’t think it is ethical for me to simply change my mind because of the weather. I have decided to let the chicks and ducklings be sent out in the post and we will hope for the best.
For the record both my orders are for female birds.
At the very least by next week we will be back above freezing (I hope) when they are travelling. And I will set up nice warm areas for the chicks to grow in when they make it through.
I hope I have not ruined your morning – but there is one thing you know from reading this blog and that is that we do not flinch from the truth here. And in the Lounge of Comments everyone has a space to discuss these issues without raised voices or recriminations. So do feel free to join the discussion.
There are times in life when the knowledge of something sad or unfair is enough. We face it and know it and let that knowledge be. Some things are unchangeable. Some things are sad. Some things stink. But there you are. Own it. We need to use the pragmatic sides of our brains and deal with it. Roosters do not lay eggs, for instance. So they are less valuable. That is just how it is. Some things we must accept if we are to keep eating omelettes.
I do hope you find some loveliness in your day.
Thursday 04/12 0% / 0 in
A mix of clouds and sun. Gusty winds diminishing during the afternoon. High 74F. Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph.
Thursday Night 04/12 10% / 0 in
Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight. Low 58F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
6:18 am 7:29 pm
Waning Crescent, 14% visible 4:50 am 4:01 pm