Turkeys

Livestock Predators: Bobcat (Lynx rufus)

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Farm Blog, Turkeys | 17 comments

Livestock Predators: Bobcat (Lynx rufus)

For our regular readers it’s no shock that we have more than the average share of predators lurking near our poultry and livestock pens. In the six years we’ve been here though, we consider ourselves to have been relatively lucky, in that our losses have been kept very low considering the number of predators we see around the farm. We’ve occasionally been criticized for not free-ranging our poultry full time, but more often than not, those that are the most critical seem to have a rather idyllic view of farming, and farm life. Raising animals here is a constant challenge....

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A Guard Gobbler in the Garden

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in Farm Blog, Turkeys | 32 comments

A Guard Gobbler in the Garden

It’s been a long time since we’ve posted a Fowl Friday post, and I can’t believe it’s been more than a year since I last posted anything about the turkeys!  They’ve become such a fixture on the farm, I suppose we’ve rather taken them for granted in recent months. Last time you saw the turkeys, Jenny’s poults were only 6 weeks old. We sold a few of Jenny’s poults, but we still have some of her offspring from last year, including our replacement Tom, a heritage standard bronze, Jake Jr. Isn’t he handsome? He’s recently finished...

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Jenny’s Poults: 6 Weeks Old

Posted by on Aug 12, 2011 in Farm Blog, Turkeys | 26 comments

Jenny’s Poults: 6 Weeks Old

We haven’t posted an update about Jenny’s poults in the last couple of weeks, due in large part to a rather hefty construction project going on around here, which I’ll elaborate on early next week.  In the meantime though, while we weren’t looking, the poults have been growing like weeds! It’s amazing how much they’ve grown in just 6 short weeks.  From tiny little balls of fluff… …to miniature fully feathered turkeys, with only scant remains of fluffy down. Now in the evenings when I go up to the pen to check that everyone is secure for the...

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Jenny’s Poults: An Unwelcome Visitor

Posted by on Jul 29, 2011 in Farm Blog, Turkeys | 42 comments

Jenny’s Poults: An Unwelcome Visitor

On Thursday morning, around 6AM, just like any other morning I went up to the turkey pen to feed the poults.  As I approached the pen door I was shocked to see that one of the poults had managed to get into Jake’s side of the enclosure.  After what happened to Junior, I almost panicked, but was relieved to see the poult was unharmed. I calmly, but quickly scooted Jake out of the way, and cornered the poult.  I returned the wayward wanderer to Jenny, and tried to figure out how on earth this tubby little poult managed to squeeze itself through the garden wire fence at the top of the...

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Jenny’s Poults: 3 Weeks Old

Posted by on Jul 22, 2011 in Farm Blog, Turkeys | 31 comments

Jenny’s Poults: 3 Weeks Old

On Monday, Jenny’s poults will be three weeks old, which is difficult to believe!  I swear it seems like they just hatched! This week they’re quickly losing their fluffy chick appearance as their feathers have continued to grow in, most notably their tail and body feathers.  Looking at the poults from the front, they still look like chicks, but from behind they’re almost feathered in. The biggest change this week though is behavioral. The poults are now regularly seen launching themselves up on to the top of the old dog house in the pen, or onto the roost. Some of the most...

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Jenny’s Chicks: Feathers are for Flying!

Posted by on Jul 15, 2011 in Farm Blog, Turkeys | 37 comments

Jenny’s Chicks: Feathers are for Flying!

It’s our second Fowl Friday for Jenny’s chicks, and all sixteen of them are growing like weeds!  Comparing them to our chicken chicks last year at the same age, they look remarkably similar developmentally, they’re just larger! This week has been all about new discoveries.  Discovering new foods, and that green things are most tasty. That’s not all, they’ve also been discovering that bobcats and red-shouldered hawks are scary, and that gophers can make holes into the pen just large enough to facilitate an escape! After spending most of Saturday at a local dairy...

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Whatever Happened to Jenny’s Eggs?

Posted by on Jul 8, 2011 in Farm Blog, Turkeys | 72 comments

Whatever Happened to Jenny’s Eggs?

It has now been a month since we last updated on our turkey hen, Jenny, who at the beginning of June was busy producing her second clutch of eggs for the season. Although two chicks hatched from the first clutch, neither survived due to some misguided curiosity on the part of our Tom, and the remaining eggs were damaged as a result of him repeatedly running through Jenny’s nest, while attempting to chase off intruders. As it’s completely impossible to reason with a Tom Turkey, once Jenny starting laying the second clutch, we did some creative rearranging of the turkey pen so we...

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Second Chances – Jenny’s New Eggs

Posted by on Jun 3, 2011 in Farm Blog, Turkeys | 41 comments

Second Chances – Jenny’s New Eggs

If you’ve followed our turkey woes this season you already know that our turkey hen, Jenny, had a tough start to spring this year.  A number of her eggs were either damaged or destroyed while our always-struttin’-his-stuff Tom turkey tried to defend her nest from intruders, and then inexplicably killed Jenny’s two chicks that hatched. We pride ourselves on trying to provide the best possible care for our animals here, but we couldn’t help but feel that we’d completely failed Jenny this spring. Not sure if we were done for the season, all we could do was watch...

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