A guest blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara
We recently discovered that the number of males determines the maximum number of birds we can have at Miller Farm. We have experienced the crowing contests among the roosters but this situation was a little more serious.
Our two resident roosters, Buffy and Kaboodle, managed to work out their place in the chicken yard. Buffy is the largest and Kaboodle respects that.
Then along came Tom, the turkey. Tom and his mate, Tina, have provided much entertainment, and pain in our lives as humans – Chicken Wrangler Sara’s fractured ankle, nightly hide and seek for Tom, cleaning and bandaging Tina’s wound. However, we had to draw the line when Tom attacked Buffy. Apparently, Tom needed to prove that he is the strongest even though he is clearly the largest. The injured Buffy became an easy target for Kaboodle causing much ruckus in the chicken yard.
Buffy was moved to “intensive care” where he could recover in peace.
We then began the search for a new home for Tom and Tina. Clearly, Miller farm was not big enough for Buffy, Kaboodle, and Tom.
Fortunately, a fellow bird lover was willing to adopt Tom and Tina.
Now Buffy is back with the hens and Kaboodle is undergoing an attitude adjustment in isolation.
Things are much quieter on Miller farm – for the moment. There are 72 eggs in the incubator in Rachel’s closet…
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