Friday, November 6, 2015

Rainy Days and Photo Ops.

Well I thought I would do a photo post. Yes I know its a bit of a cheat but if I get this done we get to go to R&S Salvage for fresh bread pretzels!

 Here are the turkey's out in the front yard. They  graze a lot and make happy turkey noises all the time they are out and about.

 This is the tub of Ginger, we are keeping it in the utility building at night but it has done exceptionally well here in the climate!

A question....if the chickens eat the herbs do they taste better when you roast them? 

Here is a Royal Palm hen...she was sure she was hidden until I talked to her and then she gave a turkey sigh and, after eating some thyme, came out from behind the buckets!

 Here are the crazy keets, they eat as a group, run as a group, fly as a group but still get separated at odd times. The shorter ones get lost in the grass but you cannot stop them from going everywhere!

 The art of nailing into season oak! This is some of the original nail work we found when we started to work in the tobacco barn. Hey we would never nail like that!

 Humn this is some of the nail work the next people will find...we now drill pilot holes when we work at nailing things to the seasoned oak poles and planks!

 The turkey's found the brace's at the fence corner to be perfect for roosting and preening after a busy day eating Asian beetles and the like!

 We wondered which turkey would make it to the roof from the deck railing first, of course it was the Little Royal Palm Hen, she is always around and will sleep at your feet. She is also a superior look out!

Ahh the current version of our duck pond, a storage bin for under the bed, The ducks can get in and  out easily and the turkeys like to drink the duck slurry that is left after the ducks have a 'Spa' session. Go figure  on that!

 Here is one box of peppers we did not buy. These are the peppers we harvested off the heirloom pepper plants we brought with us from Virginia.

And last but not least a view of the poultry, Ralph had given them a squash and some carried off peices to the far side of the pen to eat, some regarded it as peasant food and ignored it and other pecked at it for hours. Even the ducks came over to see what it was.

I hear Ralph calling, or is it the thought of a warm and buttered bread Pretzel? Have a great day and God Bless you all!


  1. I think you will have to name your farm some variant of Bird Holler Farm....... Thanks for the pictures, I really enjoyed them.


  2. Watching these birds is better than therapy. We have had hours of fun even when things are stressful, entertained by the crazy things our poultry does!

  3. Birds galore and each one prettier than the next.
    Pity they are for the pot, but that’s how it is. And yes, the chickens will taste very good when they can feed on herbs. Perhaps their eggs taste more flavoursome than ordinary farmed (not free-range like yours) hens’ eggs?

    1. Fortunately not all are for the pot, all but a few of the best roosters will be dinner but we want to raise more farm chickens so the best hens get to lay and with luck go broody. We do think they are pretty but we might be biased?! They should start laying in March as they will be six months old by then.

  4. Poulty haven! It is great 'therapy' just to sit and watch all their antics.

  5. i read somewhere that hens in mexico are fed chrysanthemums to make the meat golden-- more appetizing in appearance, it is said.

  6. What a great post. I love seeing your dream come true.