Sunday, November 22, 2009

chickens and turkeys

the appalachian farm where I first knew turkeys and chickens was Aunt Alice and Uncle Kenny's place in Pulaski county Virginia. In this view I shot in high school about 1973 you see the barn and some bird coops to the right.
antique post card of home grown chickens

the "crooked house" and garden fence where I next met live turkeys in Pennsylvania at the Hermitage Farm

heirloom turkeys on the Hermitage farm in Pennsylvania 2006

Royal Palm are the black and white turkey in the front of this lineup and one Bourbon Red turkey and in the back of the line are several Norfolk Black turkeys and a couple of Bronze. The Broad Breasted White turkey is the type we get here in our supermarkets. Those are raised in the same way chickens for market on huge industrial farms. I miss the gobble and trilling sounds these birds make on the farm as they march around the fields and search for bugs and grass to eat. They really are quite charming once you get to know them. Exotic colors help make them more interesting but wild turkeys are beautiful the most colorful with irredescent feathers that show off well in the sunny days of fall. I was inspiried to write again about the turkey by a new blog I discovered recently From London to Land Girl . A young woman nam ed Holly moved to the farm in Cornwall, England and she writes about her exploits on a farm that Keith and I watched develop in the program from BBC called "It Isn't Easy Being Green". Several years ago a weekly on Sundance Channel and we really enjoyed for two seasons. It hasn't been showing on Sundance Channel recently but this new blog is great because we can read all about new developments on the farm and see pictures of the current state of things. Most recently there was a disaster in the field for the best wheelbarrow that made a must read post.

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