Normal routine: checking and feeding the animals this morning, letting the turkeys out etc, but different clothes. I usually spend my whole time in torn and muddy clothes, as anything will become torn and muddy, but as I was on my way out this morning, was wearing a nicer jumper, the stashbustering jumper I made out of many scraps of yarn. (Yes.. this jumper is my idea of tidier clothes.)
Boris the larger of the two stags, always shows off to me, big fan tails etc, but I only have to take a step towards him and he backs off.
But not it seems, if I am overly colourful.. I think I must appear like a large peacock to him, and he felt threatened? I dunno.. but he had a go at me this morning.
This afternoon- back in working jumper, and he was easy going again.
Still.. we ultimately will have the last say…
and it might come sooner, as the other turkey – also a stag, Becker, is Mr limpy. He doesn’t seem unwell, droppings are normal, looks ok. but it’s obviously painful to get around. We have checked for obvious treatable injury. Nothing. Perhaps, he is just to heavy for his own legs.. they do say this happens in the commercial breeds. or perhaps he has hurt himself. Possibly in a scuffle with his mate.
The thing is, we want to raise our animals humanely, and this is getting a bit borderline. And they are now over 20 weeks of age. So perhaps it is time for Becker. And then will be it mean to keep just one?