After much delay our Midget White Turkey chicks have arrived! We’re very excited about our new venture and hope to start carrying ground turkey and turkey breasts year round starting in September. We chose this breed primarily because it is smaller and unlike other double breasted birds, they are able to naturally reproduce and make very good mothers. The full grown midget White hen weighs less than some full grown chickens. At full size, this turkey hen weighs between 4 and 9 pounds, while full grown toms weigh about 13 pounds. It will be several months before we'll add turnkey to our offerings, so follow along as we fumble through this.
PS, as of now, we'll still be offering standard turkeys for Thanksgiving. Preorders go up in July!
Nights at the ranch are usually calm, especially since we brought in Princess and Bonita to protect the livestock after losing nine turkeys to a coyote attack last November. Princess and Bonita's job is to set boundaries on the ranch so local predators learn to avoid us. They work hard each night to provide a deterrent to predators searching for prey and last night was no exception.
John was awoken by unusually furious barking this morning. Not deep warning barks we've grown accustomed to, but barks meant to warn us of trouble. John went out to investigate and found both dogs circling our dump trailer - keeping an injured coyote at bay beneath it. The coyote was apparently unwilling or incapable of fighting its way to safety past our two angry dogs. John quickly put it down with a shot to the head and checked around to see if the coyote had killed or injured any of our animals before the dogs trapped it. Neither dog was injured during this encounter, thankfully, and no livestock was harmed. All in a night's work for these girls, though we rarely see the evidence of their work so plainly.
This Week's Markets
The plan for reopening has changed yet again; the proposed site was not approved. We'll keep you updated as more information becomes available. We will continue to deliver pre-orders to the Pflugerville Rec. Center parking lot until the market reopens.
The Elgin Farmers Market is a year-round market that will remain open every Thursday. Pre-orders are encouraged.
The Taylor Farmers Market is a year-round market that will is open every Saturday. Pre-orders are encouraged.