Turkeys, Turkeys and More Turkeys – Wordless Wednesday

Last week one of our customers on our farm Facebook page shared this video:

I was laughing a hearty laugh by the end because we technically started with a flock of 30 laying hens….Well, we actually started with a 27 year old horse, but he was not onsite until THIS year. Then we got our dog, our turkeys, rabbits, ducks, cats, a cow…..and there we have it a complete farm!

Since we lost 70% of our Narragansett turkeys, I went on a hunt for more locally. I found nine poults, plus five eggs, which we are hatching out. An Amazon gift card helped pay for an incubator. You know you are farm-crazed when your spare money and gift cards are spent on farm stuff! We also have some Midget White eggs in the incubator too. Our hen, Brownie, is also sitting on three. I want to see if she can hatch some herself since she’s so broody.

Here are our 6 week old Narragansetts, probably closer to 8 weeks now, we purchased from a local farm who hatches out their own eggs, quite successfully I might add:

FFR Narragansetts 1
The first two…

FFR Narragansetts 2
The last two…

Then we got 2-3 week old Narragansett poults a week and a half ago from a little farm that also hatches out their own eggs:

FFR Narragansetts 3

This next photo is of Junior holding one of the 2-3 week old poults:

FFR Jr. with Narragansetts 4

Our Bourbon Red turkeys have finally started laying. I believe we have a 2-3 eggs to add to the incubator, making that a total of 13-14. We’ll see how many hatch.

Never thought I’d become a heritage breed turkey farmer, but here I am with 25 turkeys, plus the additional 13-14. Turkeys, turkeys, and more turkeys! They sure will be tasty this winter!

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27 comments

  1. Angela says:

    I can’t get over how cute those turkeys are when they are young. Our neighbor has turkeys that I sometimes hear early in the morning. It’s amazing how much noise those birds can make.

  2. Jenn says:

    Exciting! My aunt has a female that is kind of a buff color. She’s gorgeous.

  3. Tammy says:

    My husband would like to join you all for dinner, turkey is his very favorite!

  4. Donna says:

    Love the last pic… his face says it all. :)

  5. What a cool experience to raise turkeys!

  6. Colleen says:

    I’m so far removed from farm life I wouldn’t even know where to start but sounds like you are doing a good job of it.

  7. stefanie says:

    I loved the video. Yes, that would probably be me.

  8. I never thought these words would come out of my mouth but….those little turkeys are so cute!

  9. Ha! That is so true! When we had chickens, I wanted to get goats and then I started thinking about raising meat and having a hobby farm. Love this!

  10. LyndaS says:

    That video is so funny! I still think it would be cool to have 2-3 hens in my backyard. Fortunately the city won’t allow me to get the goats, cow, or horse.

  11. I really liked the video, so funny!

  12. Jai says:

    We have quite a bit of space under our elevated deck that I think would be perfect for a chicken coop. Thinking about it even more after this video.

  13. courtney says:

    My uncle is a poultry farmer.. it’s a tough job lol

  14. Shell Feis says:

    Wow, baby turkeys are WAY cuter than grown up ones!

  15. Mellisa says:

    I am really hoping to buy some land one day and raise a few animals. Maybe not so many but a few.

  16. Your little one looks so happy! Those chickies are cute!

  17. Lolo says:

    The little ones are so cute! We saw wild turkeys at Zion National Park! It was so cool to see them cross the road.

  18. Those turkeys are so cute!

  19. The video made me laugh…look at all those!

  20. OMG they are so cute!

  21. When you tell us you are all disappointed that your Emu eggs didn’t arrive from EggBay, then you will be as crazy as my mom, until then, you are in the clear…lol

  22. That is a lot of turkeys!! Love that last picture of your son!!

  23. CHICKEN MATH! Or, I guess in this case … Turkey Math! ;) I know what you mean — we just bought this house a year ago but after getting our 6 hens, we’ve talked about looking for a more rural lot/house so we can do more and other animals. It’s addicting!

  24. Toni says:

    My parents have a house they bought that came with 5 chickens unfortunately a neighbor dog got ahold of a few of them but there was a hen and rooster left and she laid 13 eggs…all hatched so they have a ton of little chicks running around LOL

  25. HilLesha says:

    Those are some cute turkeys!

  26. Kathleen says:

    LOL that video was hilarious, chickens are a gateway farm animal. Agreed. Any baby animal is absolutely adorable.

  27. Wow, how neat. I bet your children just love all the animals.

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