Puddle in the Pasture

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

I Did it Again!

Another Farm tragedy, due to my forgetful/sidetracked brain. 

A few night ago I went out to feed and put away my turkeys as I do every night…..but I missed that last step, I fed them but I forgot to go around and shut all their doors.

As I stepped off the porch the next morning I knew there was something wrong with the picture I was seeing. It wasn’t the free ranging turkeys that I noticed first, no, it was the small clump of white feathers on the ground, immediately I realized, “ Oh I left the turkeys out!!!!!!” As I got closer I saw more and more feathers here, there and every where.

The coyotes must have been waiting for this very opportunity, they killed and carried away two big toms.  One I didn’t really care about, but the other was my favorite.  I do have a replacement……but the fellow I lost was in his prime.  He had all his big boy feathers and he was so pretty and…...Oh well, that’s enough whining! 

The fact of the matter is I have a definite problem on my hands ~forgetfulness~ I try and have a routine so I don’t forget anybody.  Sometimes my brain runs on auto pilot and that’s where the routine helps it makes me think about what I’m doing, what comes next, it also makes me more efficient.  It doesn’t always work though, sometimes I think too far ahead and skip a step, or blend two chores into one.  Like when I pick up the bunnies from their bunny-tractor and go to put them in their hutch in the barn for the night, I try to put the bunny in the the dove pen cuz’ I was thinking about doing game bird chores at the moment! I’ve done that twice now.

I think the answer might be a sidekick, someone to follow me around and question my every move!  

I’m taking applications.  


Daisy said...

Oh no! Ebet, I'm sorry to hear the coyotes got the turkeys. You have so much to keep track of, I can see why it would be easy to miss a step.

imac said...

So sorry to hear this great loss EBet.
Try putting a note on the door to remind you, that might help.

If you need someone to follow you - I certainly do, cant tell you how many times I forget things.

KathyB. said...

The awful thing is the coyotes, raccoons, eagles,feral cats, and roaming dogs don't seem to be so forgetful. If we don't remember to lock our ducks up every single night there is no mercy from the predators.They are a roaming and ravenous crowd, just waiting for us to forget! I am so sorry for the loss of your turkeys.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Oh No..perhaps you need a check list! Create one on the computer and tuck it into your pocket..would be handy for notes to yourself too.
Whatcha thinkin about so hard? :)

tipper said...

Oh I'm sorry about the turkeys-and I can just see the wily coyotes waiting for the right moment to spring.

If we lived closer-I'd have 2 applicants for you : )

Eggs In My Pocket said...

So sorry............coyotes are such a problem. Blessings,Kathleen