POULT-ry Palace!

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Monday, April 20, 2015 9:21 PM

Tonight I completed the remodeling / expansion transforming the large brooding crate into POULT-ry Palace!  Or perhaps Turkey Taj Mahal?

This weekend I picked up an extra large folding crate from a fellow homesteader who is moving.  It was a steal for only $10.00!  By connecting my existing crate with the new one, the turkey poults have plenty of room to stretch their legs, and yes their wings too (already trying to fly from one end to the other) as they grow.

The end with the light has a few small blankets and a towel to help concentrate/contain the heat, while the rest of the run is wide open.  Since it's inside the house, I'm not too worried about them getting cold.  They are readily moving from one end to the other, so I know they are fine.  They seemed to have settled down for a little bit at the back end in the corner opposite corner from where the light is.  That's good.  That's what you want to see.  If they were piled up directly under the light that would indicate that they were too cold.  If they were as far from the light as possible, too hot.  But at the periphery of the light?  Just right.  Sounds like the three bears, but in this case it's the six turkeys.

Once they are a bit bigger and feathered out a little, I can easily move them outside with this set up.  It's got plenty of room for them to grow, so it should be good for a while.  FYI - When it's hot outside (like it was last Saturday), I have a smaller cage that I take them outside into the garden in.  I open the door so they can run around if they want.  They tend to stay within a few feet of their comfort zone, it it's fun to watch them explore.

For now, Arthur is keeping a watchful eye on them.  When I let them out to climb all over me (bonding time!), he likes to sniff them and touch them gently with his paw.  That is until one of them decides to peck his outstretched paw.  After that he backs off a foot or two and just watches.  I imagine they'll be trying to crawl on top of him before too long.

The end of an Era (figuratively speaking)

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Saturday, April 18, 2015 9:14 AM

Each one, quite literally a painful memory.  I have now retired six cam boots, keeping one in reserve as a prudent measure.  Each one represents a step in my journey to recovery.  I only wish I had kept all the associated casts as well.  But alas, I only saved two (not shown, but planted as well).

These now reside on top of the rain barrel I have in the garden.  As the summer progresses, the squash and corn that I've planted in the top of each one will burst forth and reward me with a bounty of delicious food.  They are deep enough to hold a substantial amount of soil, so I believe they will produce quite well.  And the viola's, one of my favorite edible flowers, are already blooming beautifully from the ankle area.  I find that quite appropriate and satisfying.
My crutches are positioned for cucumbers to climb up and I'm trying to figure out what to do with my walker.  Not my expensive one that I paid for, but rather the stainless steel metal folding one without wheels.  I'm thinking perhaps I could run wires back and forth on the open side and make it into a cage for bush beans or peas perhaps.  That's still TBD, but I'm sure I'll figure something out.

It's been a little over a year since I returned to work full time.  Although I still experience a substantial amount of nerve pain and cramping, I am thankful to my podiatrist for sticking with me and believing that I truly was in pain.  It took over two years before we decided to perform surgery and that fact was very frustrating at the time.  But looking back, I've let that frustration go in exchange for being able to function again.  I have big plans for this summer in the garden now that I can physically work outside again.

"No matter how bad it is, no matter how bad it gets, I will make it through."
     - Les Brown

The weather is perfect for planting and I'm teaching a container gardening class tomorrow for The Institute of Urban Homesteading.  So it's out in the garden for me to spiff up the odds and ends and prepare to share the joy of producing ones own food in small spaces.  

Enjoy your weekend!