Happy Turkey Day…

In honor of Thanksgiving, I am going to share some wild turkey pictures from around our farm.  Some I’ve shared before and others are new…

A hen roosting for the evening…

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Some fluffed up hens trying to stay warm in the middle of winter…

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A little one jumping the fence…IMG_0422

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Rafter

 

Earlier this year I shared this post about Mrs. Turkey and her hatchlings.  Well last week they decided to show up again, half-grown…

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and with two other mamas with their babies!

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It’s quite the flock they have!

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Most people are familiar with the term “flock of pigeons” and even “gaggle of geese,” but did you know that a group of turkeys is called a “rafter”? More info here…

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Little Turkeys…

 

I know that when my kids come running and ask where the camera is, I had better let them have it!  Garrett, our 11-year-old took the following pictures…

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Mrs. Turkey has really outdone herself this year!

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The gang all together here…

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Some pictures of them roosting for the evening.  It’s amazing to me that the babies can fly so high into the trees!IMG_7872 IMG_7874 IMG_7877

Mama, playing peek-a-boo…

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Little Turkey

Something caught my eye at the dinner table the other evening, I couldn’t quite tell what it was until I was able to get a clear look…

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This little wild  turkey hen was roosting for the evening in the snag in back of  the house…IMG_1742 IMG_1745

She’s all nestled in for the night…IMG_1749

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Turkeys…

 

In our menagerie of farm animals we have 3 turkeys, two toms and a lonely hen.  The two toms are constantly trying to out do the other.  They puff all up and turn blue in face waiting for the other to pass out, then they will do a charming little dance to impress the poor little hen.  Their even kind of entertaining. 

On Saturday Mark and I had some errands to run up town, when we headed out to the pick up this is what we saw up at the barn… 

A whole herd of turkeys...

 The wild turkeys decided to mingle with our little flock.  They would try to get into the area with the sheep and Dugur would puff all up himself and chase them out.  He did not like them in there at all!  Later that evening when Sawyer went to feed we found out why.  They ended up killing one of the toms…so now we are down to an even pair.   :0(    The little boys were all sad that one of their turkeys died but understand that this is how life on a farm can be.  Life Lessons.

Durkeys…

Turkey...

 

The turkeys have become big enough that they were set free from their captivity.  They roam through the pastures, and  garden and surprisingly enough not too often in the yard.  It has been a tad on the warm side here lately so I thought it was sort of funny to see turkeys turn duck the other evening…

Durkeys...

Durkeys...

 

 

Sitting on the sheep waterer...

Sitting on the sheep waterer...

 

reflecting...

 

We all thought it is was too funny to see the turkeys wading around in the stock tank like the ducks do in their pool.  After they left I peeked in the tank and they ended up leaving lots of little durkey droppings in the water…not so funny.  So after cleaning the tank and refilling it I was sort of worried about them returning and making another big mess but so far there hasn’t been any more durkey mess in the stock tank.  Yeah! 

Right now we have an abundance of grass hoppers and both the turkeys and ducks seem to be keen on eating them.

The Toulouse's out on pasture...

The Toulouse's out on pasture...

 

The geese have also proved to be good watch dogs, tending to the little ducks they grew up with.  So far we have not lost a single duck to predators.

Toulouse goose guarding the Indian Runner ducks...

Toulouse goose guarding the Indian Runner ducks...

 

Last year it was a bad year for ducks around here.  We ended up loosing 3/4the of our flock  in two nights to the fox.  The lone duck buddied up with the hens and eventually she turned up missing one day too.

Toulouse goose

 

The little kids do not like the geese anymore…at all!   The geese are nearly big enough to look them straight in the eye with a glaring little look that scares them to death.  Which makes the kids run and then the geese let loose and chase after them.  They don’t seem to bother any of us bigger people yet.  They even sorta bug me out when they start the stare down but it seems if you hold your ground and just keep going about your business they just leave you alone.   Hehe!  We’ll see…

Friday Farm Daze

After surviving another busy week….

Even Dugur is tired ;0)
…even Dugur is tired.   ;0)

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...there are still quiet moments.
…there are still quiet moments.

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...lambs are still growning.
…lambs are still growing.

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...we've been eating plenty of these in home-made ice cream. YUM!
…we’ve been eating plenty of these in home-made ice cream. YUM!

 

...lil Buckie made his entrance.
…lil Buckie made his entrance.

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...we found beauty in lettuce.
…we found beauty in lettuce.

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...Junior also made his presence known.
…Junior also made his presence known.

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...we had moments to "stop and smell the roses".
…we had moments to “stop and smell the roses”.

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...we had some escapies.
…we had some escapees.

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...we have more fruit forming.
…we have more fruit forming.

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...we received more rain!
…we received an additional 5/10th’s of rain for a total of 1.2 inches!

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...we have been guided.
…we have been guided.

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...we are blessed beyond a doubt.
…we are blessed beyond a doubt.

What’s the buzz about? Peeping toms…

Trip to Murdocks=More Poultry
I *should* know this!
We picked up 6 little peepers on Saturday when Sawyer wanted to find a straw hat.  I didn’t  even have any little kids with me to blame it on this time!  ;-D
A little bronze turkey...

A little bronze turkey...

 

A little giant white turkey...

A little giant white turkey...

 

And then yesterday Mark’s birthday present arrived!

The label...

The label...

Teigen checking them out..

Teigen checking them out..

Mark's Top Bar Hive that he built

Mark's Top Bar Hive that he built

Mark and his bees
Mark and his bees
Mark removing the queen box...

Mark removing the queen box...

Mark dumping the bees in...

Mark dumping the bees in...

Happily in their new home...

Happily in their new home...

He even managed to get everyone into their new home without a sting!