Many of you read (and commented) on our Turkey Tragedy last week.
I thought I’d provide a little update today.
My hubby, in true farmer fashion, picked himself up and dusted himself off almost immediately. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have gotten out of bed Thursday morning, but he and the neighbor kids were out there at 6 to pick up dead birds. He realizes that there is nothing he can do it about it now, but he still comments on it from time to time. “Sure wish we hadn’t lost all those birds.”
The final count was 1425, less than we thought, but still a lot.
Normally, 85-90% of a flock live long enough to go to market. Before last Wednesday, we had 94% livability with 5 weeks to go. Great numbers. After Wednesday night, it dropped to 86%. 85% is generally what we need to break even. With 5 weeks left, and the normal loss we’ll face over that time, there’s no way we’ll get that 85%.
Since then, we’ve had a few more really hot days, but nothing like last Wednesday. These birds are scheduled to go to market Aug. 22, and we are praying that they do well until then.
Thanks for all your support and caring comments last week! We really appreciate it!