During the last week of August, our turkey poults graduated from the brooder in the garage to the chicken tractor on pasture, just in time for the first influx of broiler chicks. We miss having the active and inquisitive poults in the shop, but they absolutely LVOE their new digs. A few of the older Midget White turkeys wasted no time getting to know the newbies. This group of poults is full of curiosity and loving the new surroundings and neighbors.
They will stay safe in their new home until they are big enough to join the egg-laying hens and mature Midget White turkeys out on pasture. The population of our poultry pasture is steadily increasing this month. We have about 70 laying hens roaming the pasture along with their four guardian roosters. These lovely ladies are dwarfed by the 15 Midget Dwarf Turkeys we're raising this year in hopes they will be good layers and mothers.
In a few weeks, just about the time that the turkey poults are ready to roam free, the 100 broiler chicks currently enjoying the warmth and security of the brooder will be ready to join the party in the pasture. Meanwhile, we get to enjoy the sweet fuzzy chicks chirping in the shop.
$7.50 per lb. - $50 Deposit Required
Delivered the Tuesday before Thanksgiving
Fresh - never frozen
Amber Oaks produces the standard broad-breasted White turkeys. These turkeys are the same size and shape as supermarket turkeys, but we raise them organically on our ranch in a pasture-based system. Unlike commercially produced poultry, even those that are labeled "free-range" or "organic," our pastured turkeys are raised outdoors, where they eat grass and bugs supplemented with organic feed. Pasture-raised meats have good saturated fats and are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Using organic grain and raising turkeys outdoors on pasture means our turkeys are more expensive to produce, but you can rest assured knowing no antibiotics, no genetically modified organisms, or synthetic chemicals are used in the production of your food.
This Week's Markets
We will not be at the Pflugerville or Elgin Markets this week.
But we will be at the Taylor Farmers market this Saturday.
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. Live music most Saturday's from 11 -1.