The Farm on Oak Creek
  • Season of the Raven
    Book 1 of the Servant of the Crown series
    Season of the Fox
    Book 2 of the Servant of the Crown series
    Lost Innocents
    Book 3 of the Servant of the Crown series
    The Final Toll
    Book 4 of the Servant of the Crown series
    Caught Red-Handed
    Book 5 of my mystery series
    Winter's Heat
    My award-winning first novel
    Summer's Storm
    Book 2 of the Graistan series
    Spring's Fury
    Book 3 of the Graistan series
    Autumn's Flame Cover
    Book 4 of the Graistan series
    A Love for All Seasons
    Book 5 of the Graistan series

    Book 1 of the Lady series
    Lady in White
    Book 2 of the Lady series
    The Warrior's Wife
    Book 1 of the Warriors series
    The Warrior's Maiden
    Book 2 of the Warriors series
    The Warrior's Game
    Book 3 of the Warriors series
    Almost Perfect
    My only Regency Novel

    A Children of Graistan Novel
    Perfect Poison
    A Children of Graistan Novella
    An Impetuous Season, a Western novella
    An Impetuous Season, a Western novella

She must have eaten a bee!

swollenTurkeyheadIt was a weird weekend…!


Duck Billed Turkey?

It started with me finding this turkey hen. She’s one of the 3 moms with the newest babies (unlike chickens, turkeys mother in groups). I caught a glance then looked again, and couldn’t believe what I saw. It was a duck-billed dinosaur!

At first, I thought maybe she’d swallowed something too large for her and it was caught in her throat.  I caught after a good amount of darting and dodging (one of the reasons I’m in such good shape is that I do a lot of those mini sprints these days, chasing down birds) and felt her throat.  The swelling squished.  Definitely not a “thing”.  The skin on her head was simply swollen.  Apparently, whatever bit her wasn’t too poisonous as she acts normal enough.  But I feel so sorry for her!  Three days later the swelling is finally going down, thank heavens!



Then came Sunday.  Cleaning day!  All the food dishes, waterers and other implements get cleaned and the coops get scraped out.  Well, I started scraping the back turkey coop only to uncover this:

A King snake had tried to come up through the hardware cloth on the bottom of the cook and gotten stuck halfway. I admit it…I screamed when I uncovered her.  Not out of fear, though.  I was just surprised.

Well, I couldn’t leave her there.  She eats mice and rats and other things that eat my chicken food.  So off I went to fetch the wire snips and a pair of gloves.  The gloves were absolutely necessary.  I knew she’d bite me while I worked.  She might not be poisonous, but snake bites hurt.  I got bit by a boa constrictor once…but that’s another story.  It took a few minutes but I got her cut free, then put her outside the coop where the turkeys couldn’t see her.  They happily eat snakes and she wasn’t that big. Off she went, hopefully breathing a sigh of relief.

© Denise Domning, 2023