It's the big countdown to Thanksgiving, and what better way to bring it in than to tell you about my friend Katie in Iowa. No she is not a turkey, but she and her husband raise turkeys, A LOT OF TURKEYS! Katie is also a teacher, loves scrapbooking, adores her big guy, her little guy, and the one on the way, and is an all-around great bloggy friend who just happens to also be one of The Real Farmwives of America. At the beginning of this week, she guest posted on another Real Farmwives of America blog, 3 Kids and Lots of Pigs.
You can click on that link to read her entire post, pictures included!
Here is a look at how turkeys get their start at her farm:
"Twenty thousand (20,000) male baby turkeys (poults) come to us when they are 1 day old. We unload them into a big, toasty, 90 degree barn called the “brooder.” They live there until they are about 5 weeks old. Inside the barn, there are automated feeders and waterers, which are triggered by the turkeys, so they have unlimited access to these. The temperature in the barn is controlled by a thermostat, and there are vents that open and close automatically to help adjust it if needed. The turkeys are not in cages – instead they are on sawdust bedding from a local sawmill. For the first two weeks, chores take a few hours each morning, because of the supplemental feeders and waterers that we fill by hand. We also chore the poults at night, but this is usually a quick walk through to make sure all equipment is running smoothly and that the turkeys seem comfortable."
Learn more about Katie at On the Banks of Squaw Creek.
Speaking of Real Farmwives of America (RFOA for the rest of this blog and those to come!), we are on Facebook! Here's the link:
Please come on over, and be our friend! Pictures are going up, and posts are being organized, but go ahead and "friend" us now so you won't miss any of the fun. A few of us missed the first photo shoot, but we will be there soon. We will also be there to chime in on ag topics, swap recipes, and chat about our crazy, never boring lives on the farm or working with those who farm.
And now I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! As you gather together around an variety of tables, please ask God to bless those who prepared and grew the food on your table. We are all so blessed to have such a wealth of food to choose from in this country; God bless the farmers and ranchers for all the care they give to their crops, ground, and livestock. God bless you and your family, and may you have safe travels this weekend.