Monday, April 15, 2013

the turkeys are hatching!

Blue Slate turkey poults at the Little Farm

After a winter that continues to cling tightly with below freezing nights, snow and ice storms, signs of spring are finally starting to emerge.

All the spring birds have returned including our pair of Eastern Bluebirds and Mourning Doves, not to mention a host of other birds like Red-winged Blackbirds, American Robins and Sandhill Cranes. The morning air is awash with birdsong and it fills the heart with joy.

The grapevine shoots we snipped off in Feb. and stuck in water until we could plant them outside are growing leaves.  We can't wait to have more of this wonderful, 50-year old grapevine popping out clusters of juicy purple Concord-tasting grapes.

Grapevine and apple shoots

The maple sap has nearly finished running and the trees are budding out.  So far we've boiled about 10 gallons of sap down to 2.5 pints of syrup. And somehow it tastes even sweeter knowing it came from our own trees.

The apple seeds we planted are sprouting (yes yes, we know specific apple varieties don't grow from seeds, they grow from grafts... but we're willing to take a chance - all the best applesauce and cider apples used to be planted from seeds - aka Johnny Appleseed-style).

And to top it all off, my first batch of turkey eggs are hatching!!

Blue Slate turkey eggs hatching

And yes, I can already see the resemblance to my breeding pairs of Blue Slate Turkeys, although we can expect a mixture of colors to come out of our slate-to-slate pairs including black, slate and self blue.

Of course I will love them all no matter what color they are.

Blue Slate turkey poults at the Little Farm

My heritage turkeys can breed naturally, unlike 99.9% of the turkeys in this country, the Broad-Breasted Whites that grace most dinner tables during the holidays. 

I feel honored to be witness to this miraculous event, the looping 'round of the circle of life, right beneath my eyes.

Cheers -
Gypsy Farmgirl blog


Drummond Farms Alpacas and Woolens said...

Love, love, love.

Victoria Strauser said...

Thank you sweetie!!! I haven't been this excited since I can't remember when!

Beth said...

Too cool! What a sweet little turkey, I can't wait to see a group of them together!

Victoria Strauser said...

Thank you Beth! I have 9 total now, and 5 chickens - a mixture of bantam/Ameraucanas - this should be interesting!

Jess said...

Oh, so so cool! Congrats on the new babies.

Victoria Strauser said...

Thank you!

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