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Uninvited House Guest! Or It’s ‘Almost’ Spring Time In Oklahoma!

Blue butt pigs

Blue butt pigs

My daughter said that she was going by our local farmers coop feed store this morning. I was told by a local farmer that the coop feed store had some cattle range cubes that had got wet on sale for $5.00 for a 50 pounds bag. 21 percent protein range cubes normally sell for very near $15.00 for a 50 pound bag.
I told daughter1.0 to pickup a 1,000 pounds, 20 sacks, of range cubes to be fed to our 2 feeder pigs. That should last until the end of May when they will be sent off to be processed. They will 6+ months old and will be pushing 300 pounds each by the last of May or first week of June. Any left over feed will go into our new born longhorn steer and heifer calf’s feeder. And no he was not born a steer, grin … but he is a steer now!
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When she returned, much to my surprise, she also had 2 bronze turkey chicks and 2 pearl guinea chicks. I was not ready for any new poultry! So after searching my shed and other places, I found an old small cage with a plastic bottom. After I washed and sterilized the cage, cleaned a spot on a bookcase for the cage, located and installed a light with a 100 watt bulb on top of said cage to keep the birds warm. At this age they need to be kept in a spot that is near 95 degrees. O-Guess what, I had no idea where I had put my chick water container or chick feeder last time I used them!
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After 2 hours of searching, washing and sterilizing equipment the chicks are now safe and warn under a heat lamp on the top shelf of a bookcase. The turkeys will be ready to process and be wrapped and put in freezer for, … Grin … or BBQ pit smoker about the 4th of July.

The guineas will get a free ride! I don’t like the taste of guinea, so, they will be used as bug control in my garden.

Moral to this story is “Never allow your daughter in a farm store when the store has chicks for sale!”

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