Wednesday, November 13, 2013

First Snow and Turkeys.

Technically, it is not the first snow - just the first that stuck.  The doelings were afraid of it, leaning waaaay out of the barn to see if it was safe before planting a hoof in the stuff.

My sister and I moved the three toms:  Wynken, Blynken and Noddy, to their new quarters on Saturday.  It is nice and toasty and they have plenty of room.  They also have their own feeder, which thrilled them no end.  They had been intimidated by the chickens, so I don't think they were getting a whole lot to eat.  They also have their own water, a nice flake of hay to keep them busy, an awesome roost (Give me five, Connie!!!) and now they have a view.  They will stay securely in their hoophouse for at least a week.  I'm trying my darnedest to keep them from flying up in the trees to roost at night, hoping that clipped wings and imprinting on their new home will help.

If you look closely, you can see their white tail and wing feathers - sorry for the poor quality of the shots, but it was cold outside!

Norman is wondering what fresh hell has been placed in his paddock.


Carolyn said...

Overheard in the barnyard:
OMG! What IS this stuff?! Our keeper is trying to kill us with this white crap. I swear she purposely tries to ruin our lives. I bet she doesn't have any of this stuff in HER house. Run away, run away!

Candy C. said...

The critters are always so funny with the first snow. That turkey house is awesome, what lucky boys!
I'm glad I wasn't drinking my tea when I read Carolyn's comment. LOL!!

Mama Pea said...

Well, I'm jealous. You got a first snow before we did. (Heck, West Virginia got a first snow before we did! What's wrong with this picture?)

Animals are so funny regarding the beginning of snow for a winter. Our chickens won't go out in it until we put boots on each and every one of them. ;o}

I wonder if the turkeys roosted in the trees at night instead of going into the chicken house because they didn't feel welcome there. We had a rooster that slept outside (in a tree) all last winter because the other roosters picked on him. ( It's so hard taking care of animal kids!)

P.S. We really MUST do something about getting a sense of humor for Carolyn Renee.

Tiggeriffic said...

Nice hoop building..Hope they appreciate the new ~ and warm house..
Have a blessed day~! ta ta for now from Iowa:)

Susan said...

Did we have a tad too much tea this morning...hmmm? I am sure that they think I am trying to kill them or make their lives a living hell every time something is different. Honestly.

Susan said...

Candy - I think the boys are starting to like their new house. I was surprised at how 'warm' (relatively speaking, of course) it was inside. I have a plastic covered door that I bungee over the opening on cold nights. And, yes, I put down anything liquid before I read one of Carolyn's comments (or posts).

Susan said...

Mama Pea - Well, you got single digits before we did. Now that is something to celebrate, isn't it? Not. My chickens are holding out for little knitted capes with tassels. I doubt if I would get them done by Christmas, as I have waaaay too many. My guys just like to be up high. Of course, it might be the chickens, too. It was funny to watch how the giant birds were totally bullied by the smallest ones. My banties have moxie!

Sandy Livesay said...


Love the hoop house for your critters. This will keep them warm and dry and away from the chickens.

Enjoy your snow, hopefully it won't stay for long.

Susan said...

I may have to build a hoop house for the cat we inherited. He has lived outside his entire 12 years of life and nothing we do will persuade him to come inside. I'm concerned he will not endure the cold as easily as he ages. For now I'm planning a straw nest in the woodpile where he often sits during the day but like all animals he will no doubt be suspicious.