Bourbon Red Turkeys
Bourbon Reds are a Heritage Breed of Turkey. They are on a "Watch" status by the American
Livestock Breeds Conservacy. Click here
to go to their site and read about this beautiful turkey.
We really enjoy raising them - they are very self sufficient, roost high in our barn rafters, never
leave the property and are a good size for the freezer.
Blue India Peafowl
I recently brought home a pair of Blue India peafowl - a cock and a hen. Cock's are called
'peacocks' and hens are called 'peahens'. This is our first experience with them. I was told that
the hen did lay eggs this spring, so we are hopeful to have our own little peachicks this coming spring.
Here is a LINK to
Feathersite.com, showing pictures and explaining the different varieties of peafowl.
We have a variety of chickens all year long including: Single Comb Rhode Island Reds,
Black Australorps, Blue Wheaton & Black Ameraucanas, Partridge Rocks, and the
spritely Belgain Antwerp (Self-Blue and Quail).
Early spring through late fall, the chickens are kept in chicken tractors, moveable chicken coops,
that have grass runs and shelter for the hens to lay their eggs in. Each morning the doors are opened so
the chickens can free range. Each evening they return to their 'tractor' to roost and we lock them in
when we do chores to help prevent mid-night predator feasts (coyotes, owls, raccoons, etc). We have had
an occasional day time massacre, but nothing so frequent as to keep us from letting the chickens
have the benefits of scratching in the dirt, pickin' bugs and running to and fro around the field.
Stan built both of our chicken tractors.
At this point, this page is mostly verbage, but if you're curious about what have in our garden
and orchard, click here. I've added a couple pictures of the Old Strawberry
Patch and the Currant Patch. -- April 28th.