As I limped back to health and got back on my feet, the new garden beds got built, the barn got constructed (we just had power run to it) and the pasture fence got built. The donkeys arrived and in the whole process we brought in turkeys and built a coop for them to gobble in! We have 15 “Bourbon Red” cheepers. They aren’t quite as bright as chicken babies. We had to teach them how to eat and drink because they kept eating the pine saving bedding while they were in the brooder. We lost a couple as a result but we have a healthy flock of 13. We have no idea how many are Toms or Hens yet. Our goal is to raise them for meat and to hatch out their eggs to keep our flock going. They are very sweet and have been trying out their new wings. Turkeys like to fly and roost in trees so we are going to have to clip their flight wings (which is completely painless to them). Turkeys don’t lay eggs year round like chickens so when they mature we will be hatching them in our incubator when that starts to happen. More fun! We eat far more ground turkey than beef so this made perfect sense to us.
Goodness, we have so many feral turkeys here that it would be a joke to raise any! My neighbors somehow know how to find the good ones. I do not like turkey much, but these are not so bland.