Sunday, August 11, 2013

Turkeys

Just finished the summer version of the Turkey Palace.  It's set in about a quarter of an acre behind a stucko wire fence.




They sure seem to like it.  Next year were considering a Turkey Tractor, a mobile big enough to cart over our pastures.

While Jo was in Britain some erstwhile volunteers and I whacked about 60 chickens.  Most of them Cornish Giant meat birds that we grew in a Chicken Tractor, ala, Salatin.  Thing I've learned:

Lots of help is required

Water temperature = 147 and it's critical

A prewash speeds the process


First time I've tried that on such a scale.  Went so well were about to do it again with another fifty.  Astonishing birds.  I have never seen anything grow so fast.  They are delicious also.  We had our first one three meals ago.  A nine pounder.  We let them grow a little large.  This was a load of hay, 100 bales that Brother Tom and I pulled into the yard.  It's waiting for the hay elevator to get a motor and some barn mods to make it into the loft.

It's been a busy summer.  And a hot one.  Last night it was 24C at midnight.  Pretty warm for these climes.  It's very dry also.  No moisture to speak of in a month.  This has caused the forests to be tinder dry and the sound of fire fighting bombers and helicopters have been filling the skys.  The smell of smoke is in the air, particularly at night.


Hope your having a great week.  We are trying to get all the work done before noon so we don't have to work in the afternoon heat.  Remember that around here, 32C is blistering to people who wear thermal underwear for six months of the year.

Hope your rolling in the daisies!

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