Yes, I’m a little goofy, but no, I haven’t gotten my holidays mixed up (although the weather sure has!). Last June, my in-laws became the proud owners of six turkeys, bourbon red heritage breed turkeys. We’ve watched them grow from little poults (I had to ask what they’re called and how to spell it) to big ol’ turkeys. They’re fun to watch, from the other side of the fence, and listen to as the toms gobble at each other.
What’s fantastic is listening to my mother-in-law talk about taking her turkeys for a walk. She grabs her stick and leads them around their 20 acres like she’s the Moses of turkeys. It’s fantastic.
Jenny’s nine month old flock of six includes two toms and four hens, one named I-lean after getting caught in the wrong place at the wrong time (a chicken tractor to be exact). She’s pretty resilient as after hopping around for quite some time, she’s regained use of that leg and blends right in with the other hens.
In the last three weeks, the hens have begun laying eggs, which we’re all excited about. My in-laws are incubating some, selling some, and giving some to our daughter’s pre-school for them to incubate as well.
While it’s not your typical Easter egg hunt, Jenny goes every day in search of these pretty eggs. Today, our daughter Chloe got to see a turkey moving in the egg. It was pretty cool as Jenny held the flashlight to the egg to see the outline of the legs and watch the shadows move. Hopefully, April 4th I’ll have pictures to show of the brand new baby turkeys.
On another note, my sister-in-law’s father helped us figure out planting by signs, at least for the five crops we want to grow. According to the signs, beans are supposed to be planted on Good Friday. So with help from some fantastic friends, we planted white half runner beans (for canning) and Kentucky wonder beans (for eating straight outta the garden).
Laura filling planter boxes
Chloe also picked out some strawberries to plant so we thought we’d experiment.
It’s a learning experience, one I never thought I’d have, but we’re excited and hopeful! We’re going to try to plant by the signs but if you have any other great gardening tips (or stories of what not to do), I’d love to hear it! Happy Easter!