*Please note that I am a school teacher so if I sound like I am taking a group elementary students to a tour of our farm, I come by it honestly.*
Today I am going to take you on a field trip to the brooder coop! I hope you don't mind my friends from Mali, Africa are going to join us! The broader coop is a large barn that we first start raising the turkeys in!
There is so much to do to prepare for the little turkeys to come! The brooder coop needs to be cleaned, sanitized, repairs need to be made, new turkey bedding is put down (this is soft wood shavings), feeders and the waters need to be cleaned, the temperature needs to be nice and warm for the turkeys, etc., etc.
My kids like to help clean the feeders, then put them on our four wheeler trailer, and then we put them strategically around the brooder coop.
Additionally, the broader coop has a computer that lets you know the temperature, humidity levels, etc. We have an alarm on the brooder coops and every barn on our farm that lets us know if they run out of feed, if the water stops for some reason, if it gets to hot, etc. We can also see the controllers on our computer at home, or any computer in the world! Nothing is better then checking the barn in person, but this helps us know they are Ok, when we are other places, or if there is a potential problem.
If you notice in some of the pictures, the brooder coop has three sections. Each section is a different flock. The turkeys will stay in the brooder coop for five weeks, and then we move them to three different grow out barns, according to flocks. The turkeys grow so fast they could not possibly stay in the brooder coop for more than five weeks, they have out grown it!
This is one of my favorite family pictures in the baby turkeys!
I feel like I need to add a note that says, our kids are very little. We by no means force them to work and help us, they are still at the age where they love to help. We find jobs that they are able to do. They usually like to help for about half hour to an hour, and then they just play. I love that they have the opportunity to learn to work along side their mom and dad.
Thanks for visiting our farm!