Friday, August 8, 2008

Goose Warning!

The Culprit

The Accomplice

The Crime Scene

The Crime
A closer look.

A much closer look.

What used to be a young, promising nectarine tree is now a barkless, soon to be dead nectarine tree. The fruit you saw on the tree in the crime scene will never get ripe and I will never get to eat it.

These two amigos must have had a lot of fun stripping the bark from that tree. Every bit that they could reach, all the way around! You can see it all over the ground at the base of the tree. They didn't even eat it. They did it just for amusement. Look at Buddy, doesn't he look guilty. (His bump on his head is so funny, Kevin says we should have named him Knothead, we missed our chance.)
Here's the three musketeers. This one turkey, his name is Mister because he used to hang around with Missy. Well, he ended up being a Misses so now we have to come up with something else. I looked at her one day and said....hmmmmmm......I'm thinking........ she looks like a Maryjane so that is what her name is, except when we still call her Mister because that is what we are used to calling her.

This turkey is one of the two we raised with Flipper. The other one ended up with a messed up leg due to a bad ligament or something so I'm afraid her days are numbered. It's so hard cause she can't walk and kind of flops herself around, so what do you do. Her eyes are bright and she's healthy but just can't walk.

See look at her, isn't she cute? She kind of lays off to the side, crooked like, cause of her leg being backward.

At first we tried to fix it but it caused her so much anxiety we took the wrapping off. We can't possibly afford to take her to the vet. A very smart lady, who grew up on a farm and has been raising livestock her whole life, (she is almost 80 years old.) gave me the best advice ever. She said that we should concentrate on spending our money on healthy animals to enable them to have a better life and to let the unhealthy ones go.

It's hard though because we got so attached to this one. But the reason that we got so attached to her was because she couldn't walk fast and get away from us and we could pick her up and pet her all the time. She was supposed to be part of our breeding program we are starting with Narragansett turkeys but we can't have one with a possible genetic defect. I guess some turkeys can have weak ligaments that cause their legs to be bad.

I just ran out and took these pictures of her. I picked her up and carried her to the food and water area and she does not like to picked up at all anymore. (I try to help her and she fights me, turkeys can be so ungrateful.) If and probably when Kevin butchers her I don't think I want to eat her. It would creep me out to see a turkey in a pan with it's leg all backward. I would rather have no recognizable markings on my food. Enough said about that, too sad.

My Peach Tree

The bark area of my peach tree as of yesterday.

I'm not so dumb.

Here is Red, waiting for me to pick her up. One of my new young chickens that I hatched in the incubator is really friendly. She doesn't run away, I can pick her right up. I am convinced it is Red's baby. I tried to take a picture of her but as you can see from the picture below she scurried away from me. It may not have been her cause there are about five that all look the same. All of our Dominick's baby's look the same, maybe a little lighter, a little darker but very similar. (Really bad picture, I will go out again and try to get a good one, if my camera cooperates)

Camera worked but I forgot my memory card, still in the reader. Went back in and got it, camera wouldn't work, smacked my camera and it worked, honest I really did smack it and it really did start working.
See, some a little darker and some a little lighter. They are either Ameracana, Buff Orpington or Rhode Island Red, all crossed with Dominick who is A Barred Rock.


Dominick Jr. (she might be a girl though)

A few posts ago I mentioned that my camera was breaking. It has been working really good lately but when I went out to take the last few pictures here is what the last one looked like. Weird, huh. That is what happens when it breaks, I can never tell when it's going to happen, it just gets all blurry, actually not really blurry but purplish and streaky. I could have said it was a beautiful picture of our sunset or a it was a thunderstorm cloud, who would have known.

If anyone sees this perpetrator near their fruit trees, call the cops quick, before it's too late.

What should I cook for dinner...hmmm. I think pizza sounds good. I will have to call the pizza shop.. Hopefully Kevin will go for pizza. We sold two turkeys today for $20.00 so maybe. He's out brush hogging so I will have to go find him and ask.

See ya,
PS. Hi Eileen!

I was feeding grapes to Maryjane/Mister and thought I'd videotape it and show it to you. She loves grapes, will do anything to get some, even come into the house. We tried to give her other stuff but she prefers the grapes. She did like the blackberries I offered her come to think of it. I made a few jars of jelly Wednesday and she shared a few.

1 comment:

cindee said...

I am sorry about your tree. That is what geese and ducks love to do. Just mess with things and leave a mess. We have a duck like your turkey that can not walk. he scoots along. I feel sorry for him and his other duck buddies pick on him so I had to separate him. He seems happy so I can't bring myself to put him down. I will let nature take its course unless he becomes much worse. One year my geese ate all my camilla buds, so I had no flowers. I couldn't figure out what happened till later that year. lol