It would take an epic storm for us to finally sit a moment and get folks caught up. Last fall we processed all but 4 of our Midget White Turkeys. Some were Thanksgiving meals and some were made into homemade turkey sausage - one of the best items we've tasted in a long time. Of the four birds we kept one is a tom and the other three are hens. Our goal is to have fertile eggs this spring which we'll incubate and sell as poults. We are amazed at the number of folks that have contacted us about our breeding stock and spring poults!
The rabbitry expansion was a huge success!! Despite the winter temps we only had to supplement the room with a small oil heater a few hours a day during that very cold snap in mid January. Otherwise the rabbitry has been in the low 40's on sunny days and 35 degrees at night. Perfect rabbit temperatures for their comfort and for us to have kits throughout the winter! Now to see how cool we'll be able to keep the rabbitry during tropical heat waves this summer.
Our hens are laying up a storm and we are selling quiet a few dozen eggs each week! The chicks have been ordered for mid-May delivery - so yes, warmer weather is just around the corner...behind the five foot snowbank!!
Jetsson (one of Jet's sons, of course)
Song Away's Iris and Phoebe
As you can see from the enclosed pics the rabbits are settling into their new home nicely. The trip back was uneventful. All three of the rabbits seemed to do well, stopped and checked 'em twice. Judy Named the buck Jetsson (Jet's Son) so I call him George as he just doesn't look like an Elroy. ~ David M.
Our very own homegrown turkey meat mixed with a little of last years pig fat and spices then made into sausages by our talented sausageer at Song Away Farm, Farmer Steve!! We ended up making a total of 15 lbs of Sweet Italian, Hot Italian and Hot Breakfast sausage! And yes, it is terrific - our neighbors taste tested it and gave us 2 thumbs up!! Oh the possiblities...
Sunny is fine. We are working on the lazy ear. She is consuming pellets and oats and water a healthy clip. And she is still cute as a button. ~Ann
As you can see they are happy and healthy!! No lack of love here! They are fun - thank you! ~Jennifer (Mom)
Mixed Heritage Turkeys coming from a flock of Royal Palms, Narragansett, White Holland, Standard Bronze and Bourbon.
We ended up having a 78% hatch rate on the turkey eggs that we incubated! And we sold all but eight. We will continue to keep them in the brooder for another 3-4 weeks then they'll be joining our Midget Whites in the backyard. We are looking forward to incubating the Midget White Turkey eggs next spring!
For the past 4 weeks we've been incubating 12 pure Narragansett turkey eggs and 18 mixed heritage breed (Palms, Bourbons, Bronze and Narragansetts ) turkey eggs! & this afternoon cracks have appeared and you can hear tiny peeps. Can't wait to see them in the morning!
So begins another year of raising pigs! Two belong to our neighbor and two belong to us!
We picked up our first batch of fertile heritage turkey eggs and they were in the incubator by 10 a.m.! They are a mix of Bronze, Bourbon, Holland & Narragansett turkeys and will mature to a weight of about 15-20 lbs. Tomorrow we are getting a dozen pure Narragansett eggs from a farmer in Loudon. We are hopeful that we'll have a 50% hatch rate. We will be selling some of these as poults after they hatch in about 28 days. And then the other will be raised for Thanksgiving dinners. If interested contact us!