Visitors to the farm know that I have several pet Turkeys. Ok, maybe slightly more than several. Turkeys are very friendly, and have inquisitive, quirky personalities that make them excellent pets. Despite popular myth they are very intelligent, and lay eggs just like chickens, though only seasonally. And yes, my Turkeys do have names.
This year four young turkeys who we believed to be toms, were slated for Holiday Dinners. I only keep a couple toms around at a time because they cause a lot of drama when you have too many in the flock. However, after awhile it became obvious that the four toms were four very sweet hens, and I had in fact misjudged their genders. They were promptly pardoned. We will be eating a broiler for our Thanksgiving dinner instead.
In other news, we are currently in the poultry ''off season''. I'm sold out of Broilers, and won't be raising anymore until spring. Keep an eye out around March for a chick arrival announcement!
I also won't be taking on any more egg customers until January. The hens are on their winter break for now. I prefer to let them have a couple months off in the winter instead of providing supplemental lighting (chickens really need around 16 hours of daylight to lay well), but it does leave you all without eggs for awhile. Don't worry, they will start up again soon!
I hope all of you have a great Thanksgiving this year! Enjoy your Turkey, or if you're like us and pardoned the Turkeys, enjoy your Chicken!
Till next time,