I ordered chicks from Murray McMurray Hatchery in Webster City, Ia and this year I ordered a fancy assortment of 15 and an additional 10 turkens. Turkens are a specific breed that are meant to resemble a cross between a chicken and a turkey. Sometimes they are referred to as “naked necks”. You can see a baby turken in this picture – no feathers on her little scrawny neck. People always think there’s something wrong with them but there isn’t and they are excellent brown egg layers.
Sometimes the stress during hatching and getting their little systems working creates a problem called pasty butt.
The manure sticks to their little butt and I have to soak it off with a warm wet cotton ball. If I didn’t, this chick and her sister would surely die. There are 2 of this breed of chick and they are the only ones with pasty butt.
And here is what I’m reading – after finishing “Me Before You”, I immediately ordered “After You” but before it arrived I read “Carrying Albert Home” by Homer Hickam.
“Carrying Albert Home” was a lighthearted delightful story about a pet alligator owned by a woman whose husband wanted her to find him a new home. It was a series of adventures that reminded me of a situation comedy tv show – I am not a big fan of such shows but this book was recommended to me by a blog reader so I did want to finish it. It is not my favorite type of story – I want something with more “grit” but it was a sweet story all in all.
Thank you again for all your prayers for Ben and his family. Now that he’s home I imagine they will learn their own routine of life with leukemia. I’ll bet Ben was glad to sleep in his own bed and in his own jammies last night. When there’s anything to report, I will do so here on the blog. Everyone has been so kind and we all know who is ultimately in charge.
Happy Easter to all of you! Our 5″ of snow is nearly gone but I don’t think I’ll be wearing any spring sandals to church tomorrow morning.
I think I’ll take a few days off from the blog.