The Man’s Turkeys

He has never liked turkey at Thanksgiving, and always wanted me to make ham instead. The last two turkeys I made though, I brined for three days and they were very, very good, and so he wanted a “traditional Easter turkey” this year instead of lamb. Ha!

Now that he is a full time farmer, he has been working and working on a turkey coop, which is almost finished. I have been less than enthusiastic about the whole operation even threatening that I won’t feed, water, babysit, slaughter, gut, brine or cook any of those birds. This place is such a disaster with so many projects undone, I resented the whole turkey thing. hmmmmm.

He wanted 30. He got 12. They are heritage Narragansett turkey poults between 5 and 10 days old. He is so happy about them. 🙂

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And, yes, that big metal cattle trough they are in, is inside the house.

I am of course the designated babysitter, as both of them are heading to Dallas. My role does come naturally, as I couldn’t help checking on them in the night to see what their singing contest was all about.

3 thoughts on “The Man’s Turkeys

  1. Your undertaking of turkeys makes me wonder if you have read Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Mineral”. It is I think a great read, but you might appreciate particularly her experience with raising turkeys.

    • No, I haven’t Hilda, and thank you, I will check it out. Our daughter knows that her dad is not a reader, nor is the one who usually raises/slaughters… and so she opened the chapter of one of her books to raising turkeys for him, but alas, he is too busy to read it. 😉 I think of you this time of year, as I long to go get the spruce tips which I have not done yet. Yikes! I love them so. Anyway, I have been meaning to contact you about a pine tar salve recipe… I bought some from an indian woman and am fascinated by it and it’s healing properties and bet you have made it. I will definitely try and make some this year. 🙂

      • I haven’t ever tried using pine tar, but maybe I should look into it.
        I think you will enjoy Barbara K’s book about her experiment living exclusively on local food, mostly produced by her and her family. Her musings about food culture in NA I found particularly interesting, but the part about raising turkeys was hilarious and very interesting.

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