Turkey Eggs Update

Well, we  candled the turkey eggs to see how many of them are going to hatch. When you shine  a really bright light through the egg in a dark room, you can see inside it. If you see a “spider” in the egg, it means that is developing into a chick and will probably hatch. If all you see is a dark, round mass, the egg is a dud and won’t hatch. The first time, dad candled the eggs  and obviously did something wrong because we didn’t see a “spider” or a dark round, mass. We did see some really cool gelitine stuff floating around inside the egg. Mom tried candling again a couple days later, she did the exact same thing we did and got much better results. We added in the chicken eggs the same day we candled the turkey eggs.

Of course, being me I couldn’t resist naming a couple eggs. Egg number 1 is named Shelly, egg number 2 is named Eggbert and egg number 3 is named Yolko! I am nuts. :D  Too bad they’re going to get eaten. :( Which is another thing I meant to mention, after they hatch, the turkeys won’t be ready to butcher until Christmas. My Aunt Stephanie has already put in a request for one. No idea when we can butcher chickens.

We still have to turn the eggs every day to make sure they’re evenly warmed and fill up the water trough to put moisture in the air. On Day 24 we get to stop turning the eggs and on day 28 they’ll hatch…

-K@tie

P.S. I counted all the Es in this post and there are 150. I take pleasure in the strangest things. :D

Turtle’s Road Trip

My stuffed animal, Turtle, (named after her species) is going on a road trip. I wanted to see more of Canada and the United States, but I didn’t want to leave home. I decided that sending Turtle was a good solution. On January 3rd 2010 I put Turtle into a bag with a journal and some money. On the inside of her journal I wrote the following letter,

My name is Katie Newton, I want to see Canada and the United States, but I can’t really do that. This is my teddy bear, she needs your help. Turtle wants to see as much of Canada and the United States as she can. Write about yourself in her journal and then introduce her to someone new. Talk to her lots because I will miss her. I got her for my birthday. Turtle wants to meet as many new people as she can. If you keep her for more than one day, try to write in her journal often.

What is your name? Where are you going? Do you have kids? Do you have siblings? (I do.)

In January 2011 she will be ready to come home. In her journal is some money. If you have Turtle in January 2011 find a sturdy box and use the money to mail her to this address: K. Newton, Box 646, Barriere, B.C. VOE 1EO.

If you would like to hear how her trip went when she gets back, leave your address in the back of this book. Thanks and I hope to hear from you. Your friends Turtle and Katie.

Today I took her to school and gave her to my teacher, thus starting her journey. Check back in January 2011 to learn about Turtle’s trip.

Chicks

Our chicks came today ( march 19th 2009) and no I don’t mean dudes’ girlfriends, I mean little baby “girl” chickens.

We were only supposed to get 25 layers and 25 meat birds, (yum!!) but we were lucky enough to get a few extra “to experiment with,” as my dad said.

But I’m getting ahead of myself, I’m writing for me, my brother and sister, I’m Katie, 10 years old, my brother Stephen is 9 years old and my sister Helen just turned 8.

My mom thought it would be a good idea if we wrote about our new chicks and how we’re keeping them alive.

Helen says: I think the chicks are really cute. I named two of them #1: fluffy (she is a layer.) and # 2 is fluffier it is hard to take care of a chick.

Stephen says: yummy meat birds yes indeed yummy yummy here birdy .Ok down to business. I named 2 babies and yeah that’s my share. Here birdy.

I say: Oh ha ha Stephen reeeaaal mature. Anyway the chicks are really cute and I named 4! Fast, Furious, Funny and Noisy. (Stephen helped with Noisy.)

So more about the chicks:

1) The meat birds are Cornish Giants and they are yellow fluffs right now but will turn white.
2) The layers are Red Rock crosses and are black and fluffy.

Mr. Peterson from Country Feeds says we can literally watch the meat birds grow. They will be ready to eat in 10 weeks. Our layers might start laying this fall.

Here are some ways we take care of the chicks:

1) It is really important to make sure that the middle of the pen is around 90F if it is not they will be too cold and they will pile on top of each other and suffocate. If they are too hot they will go on the outside of the pen and pile on top of each other and suffocate (kind of dumb, isn’t it?)

2) It is also important to make sure their water is clean.

3) You should probably start them on starter feed. After 3 weeks the meat birds can start on normal grain. After 6 weeks the layers may start on some special grain!!!

4) After they’re big enough we will move them into our chicken coop.

5) Mr. Peterson said to dip the beaks into water so they would learn to drink.

6) You should probably get your chicks vaccinated so that they do not get diseases.

7) Soon we will have to separate them because they will be eating two different types of feed and the meat birds will be so big they might kill the layers.

8) Our layers will only lay brown eggs. You can get layers that produce white eggs. The way you can tell is that if your chickens lay white or brown is if their ear lobes are red that means they will lay brown eggs! But if they have white ear lobes they will only will lay white eggs (my mom did not now this interesting fact!)

9) Supplies we needed: heat lamp, cardboard enclosure, shavings (we had lots of those!), chick feeder and waterers, vitamins for the water, and starter grain.

10) Don’t get too attached to the meat birds. They won’t be around long!

by Katie, Stephen and Helen