Last year we had trouble with hatching turkey poults. Too many hens would try laying and sitting in the same nest box; eggs would get broken and the eggs would chill and no babies were hatched. So this year, we decided to make a nest box for each turkey hen. We have five hens, so on a rainy, cold day, Will started measuring and cutting 2x2s and scraps of OSB to size. A friend of ours had given us some small sheets of corrugated steel roofing she’d found at the dump, thinking we might find some use for it. She was so right! After about three hours of assembly, Will and I had put together some real cute and weather-proof turkey “hooches.” We separated our pair of Bourbon Red turkeys and will soon catch our other turkeys and put them in the goat pasture. The new nests are now down there, covered with branches like little wigwams. Now each hen will have her own nest. If two want the same one, we’ll block one out until she decides to choose another for herself. And hopefully, this year we’ll be having some cute baby turkeys.
This spring and summer is going to be busy for us. On April 21st, Will and I will be manning the Backwoods Home Magazine booth at the Iron Range Earth Fest in Mountain Iron, Minnesota. Then I’ll be flying to Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the Preparedness Expo May 18 and 19th, where I’ll join a panel discussion and also hang out at the magazine’s booth with Dave and the bunch. The very next weekend, Will and I will be hosting our first homestead seminar here at our homestead, with a second seminar being scheduled July 13-15th. I’m putting together a flyer on that seminar, so anyone who would like more information, e-mail me at Jackie@backwoodshome.com. Again, we’re limiting the attendance so everyone will have a personal experience and not be just one of the crowd. Oh, on June 15 and 16th, we’ll join Ilene Duffy and the boys at the MREA Fair in Custer, Wisconsin. If you get a chance to attend any or all of these events, we’ll be happy to meet you (and sign books, if you’d like).