Tomorrow is May Day. Only gardening stuff and critter chores til after the first week of June. If there is a building thing needing doing write it down and take it up with the foreman the second week of June. Also, the retreat continues for those incapable of taking a hint.
Only tasks related to animals, plants, cooking, weaving, and mostly no contact regarding anything or anyone else are on the agenda. This will be the longest stretch of no construction work since we bought this adventure. There is more than enough happening just finishing up the new beds and getting them planted that I may not even recognize it as time off from the power tools.
I am friends with the leader of the local beekeeping club. I made an offer for members needing space to house hives out here. They seem pretty interested so we may have some literal busy bees out here sometime. We get pollinators and an education. They get to keep their pets out in one of our fields. Everyone wins.
The first round of hatching turkeys went pretty well. Of the eleven eggs, 4 were infertile, probably because the adults are still pretty young and some of them were laid in pretty cold weather. We killed two of them because we really couldn’t tell how they were doing when we candled them (Turkey shells are very thick). So we caused two turkey abortions (don’t call the pro-life militant freaks!); but we got to see the embryos up close and personal because of it. One died trying to hatch (Which is common) leaving us with 4 babies down in the brooder. Today we cleaned out the incubator and started a new batch of 18. Somewhere around the end of the month they should start to emerge.
Are the turkeys for eggs or meat or both? I dislike turkey, but we really need to do something about those proliferating in the neighborhood. Many want them gone. Many want them protected. I doubt that we could make much dent in the population even if we ‘utilized’ as many as we wanted to. Anyway, there is no need to reply before the middle of June.