To read more about Merggie and Oz, check out my post A Pocketful of Birds.
The Odd Couple’s First Day Outdoors
Merggie and Oz have been in the brooder room off the side of my chicken coop for almost a week. They are adapting just fine and are no longer afraid of every sound the chickens make. Merggie was very weak when he/she first hatched and I was afraid the poult wouldn’t survive. Now it is a completely different story! I no longer have to worry because Merggie has a big sibling to snuggle with. They crack me up because the little turkey is much bolder than Oz, who is about 4 times bigger. Oz tries to hide under me whenever he/she gets the chance, and is a real momma’s, um, goose. Merggie, on the other hand, is much more independent and likes to explore.
I took them outside for the first time yesterday. Oz tried to hide under me while Merggie started exploring. Pretty soon Oz warmed up to the idea and started sampling the grass and dandelions, and checking things out.
But they both kept very close to me and started to shiver in the cool air. It wasn’t a long adventure, since they still need to stay warm. I also wanted to get back to my gardening.
Pretty soon they will be able to go out for longer excursions and before I know it they’ll be out in the ‘big chicken’ pen!
But for now we will enjoy the fun of fluffy butts and green grass on our homestead. 🙂