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A Turkey Farmer's Thanks

With Thanksgiving just days away, it seems like a good time to reflect upon the past year of farming.

First and foremost, I'm thankful for my family.  Without them, my little, ever-growing hobby would be impossible.  Yeah, yeah, I know everyone says they're thankful for their family, it's a defacto requirement for any speech, book, or just talk around the table at Thanksgiving dinner.  However, I really am so lucky and so thankful that I have the wonderful family I do.

I'm thankful for my customers.  Meeting them is one of my two favorite parts of my hobby!  When I'm talking to a customer, showing them around my little farm, all the hard work, all the frustrations, all the letdowns of running a hobby farm melt away and I can suddenly only remember the best parts, the parts that really matter.

Which brings me to my other favorite part of hobby farming - baby birds!  I love those little poults (baby turkeys) and chicks!  The simple joys of watching a successful hatch or watching week-old poults all sleeping side by side, one individual melting into the next can not be explained, but only can be experienced.

I never thought I'd say it, but I'm even thankful for the new incubator, which I'd dubbed "The Root of All Evil".  Yes, it did mess up my big plans for hatching this year, but admittedly it taught me that I need to pay closer attention to detail (and demonstrated the danger of even a degree or two of global warming!)

Finally, I'm thanful for new opportunities.  I successfully expanded into keeping chickens this year.  I met wonderful new customers who bought chickens.  My chickens just starting laying eggs three weeks ago, and oh! how pretty they are!  Light brown eggs, dark brown eggs, eggs with little "freckles", eggs with big "freckles"!  Who'd want to buy a boring white egg after they've seen the variety in my dozen eggs?  (I certainly wouldn't!)  Of course, I've also started this blog, and I'm so thankful that I'm getting this great opportunity to communicate with my customers.


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