Thursday, May 7, 2015

:: Our Newest Arrivals | Broadbreasted Bronze Turkeys ::

I can't believe we are already one week into May! The countdown to the end of the school year is on, baseball season has started and things are starting to pop up in the gardens.
This morning our shipment of Broadbreasted Bronze Turkeys arrived from Murray McMurray Hatchery.
A few of these will be going to live on a friends farm soon, but the rest will be staying here with us. Aren't they the cutest little things?
An insert from the McMurray blog tells a bit about these amazing meat providers ::
If you want a turkey that provides the most meat possible, the Broadbreasted Bronze orGiant Whites are the breeds to get. These turkeys provide, generally speaking, a 23 pound hen and around a 40-45 pound tom turkey. Birds of this size, and specifically these breeds, are artificially inseminated because their size does not allow for them to mate naturally and successfully. Birds of this nature are typically more inclined to being fed rather than foraging for themselves. These breeds are typically what has been featured in the grocery stores during Thanksgiving. While the demand for these breeds is high, because of the large size, they pose a problem for small farms to raise and sustain future flocks as most small farms are not positioned well to artificially inseminate. This practice may be more embraced by larger farms with more resources. When grocery stores and the large farms push these types of breeds, it can reduce the demand for some of the heritage breeds that our country was naturally inhabited by.
They are all happily running around their brooder box eating, drinking, and chirping.
Coming soon on the blog; an update on our little pup :: Amos Moses.
Have a beautiful Thursday everyone!

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