This year, we will add 6 ducks, 6 geese, 18 chickens, and a couple of guinea fowl. The window to get all these animals through here in order to have them producing within a reasonable time frame (ie; before the days get short) is relatively small. So, there's some overlap when not everyone is out of the brooder and new stock comes in. I thought I had planned it pretty well, but......I was pretty well wrong.
Might be good time for a head count.
Next, we have the ducks, who should not be here. They are darn well old enough to have moved out, and did for a time--3 days. Then Ophelia and Suzie went lame and seemed to have a cold. I brought them in to take care of them. But bringing in just those two did not sit well with the other three, Fawn, Phoebe, and Jane. Their incessant quacking for one another was enough to wake the dead. All five were joined in the little hospital box and peace was restored. Therefore, they are still here.
Next, we have the two new additions that I went to pick up today from the feed store. Meet Audrey and Delilah, who are African female goslings. These two were meant to be mates for Arthur and Emmett. Since Emmett is no more, it seems Arthur will have a harem. Good for him. They are cute and fuzzy and noisy as heck. They also are trying to jump out of the brooder, though I haven't yet had a goose who didn't make the attempt. I think it's in their blood. Fun!
And is that it, you say? Could there be any more?
Yes, yes there could.
These are three unnamed Ameraucana chicks, also from the feed store. No, they were not an impulse buy. They were supposed to arrive in June. However, the feed store had some left over from the previous orders that weren't picked up, and told me I could have them. Since the ladies in the feed store were wading through the brooder boxes to pick orders out from all the different types of chicks, and they had already brooded these three an extra week, I was not going to argue. They had enough on their hands. I took these girls home.
They are, by far, the quietest ones.
And so, is that it? No, no it's not. Because of my awesome planning skills, the week after next there will be more chicks joining the queue. Not 3 or 4, but 15. I'm going to need more brooder boxes, and my head examined.
But for now, I leave you with this. It's not quite the noise that I get greeted with every day, but it's just about there.