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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Why The Short Hiatus?

Hello everyone. It's quite long already. I just noticed I didn't have any update since Christmas. I never thought farm life could be this busy for me. Well, I am alone here so you could understand why. 

Anyway, since December I was busy with my Turkeys. All 3 ladies, Lorna, Aida and Fe, were busy laying and hatched eggs. But all 16 poults didn't make it to Valentines Day. My female Ayam Cemani died, and my sister's female Rhode Island Red. And 3 other chickens. And 1 upgraded Palomino too. Not good. But I learned my lessons. I am trying to resolve them. Find solutions and do better next time. That will perhaps go to another blog post. 

So December and January were not good months for me, but February changed the sad vibe. Candy, my rabbit doe gave birth last Feb 17. There were 7 kits but 2 were premature so she technically started with 5. Within the 5 days, 1 died so on her 2nd week now she has been nursing and taking care of 4 cute kits.


But this isn't the only blessing. I bought 12 - 2-month-old rabbits and my supplier gave me a freebie. A 6-month-old doe which he said is ready for breeding. So my plan was to have her bred with Cotton. But lo and behold! She gave birth to 7 kits last Feb 15. My supplier didn't think she was pregnant. Downside, she was jittery and didn't know how to feed her kits so after 2 died, my siblings and daughter had to assist her. 

And since she has the tendency to step on them, they had been separated from her for their safety.


Not all of the 12 rabbits are here on the farm. Only 3 male Upgraded Palominos were brought here last week. The 6 Palominos and a Lionhead-Palomino, plus Brooke, the doe that gave birth, are still at home. I will probably see them in March yet. I pray all newborns will survive. They may just be animals but it always breaks my heart when an animal dies. 

Moving forward, my female turkeys have started to lay eggs again, all 3 of them. Marco had been busy.. hehehe.. My friends who also raise turkeys have shared their experiences and how to manage poults from day 1 of hatching. 

So that's it for now. I am waiting for my ducks to arrive too. 

Till next blogpost.. take care everyone.


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