Scappoose Farms

  (Scappoose, Oregon)
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Halloween is upon us! Thanksgiving isn't too far away!

Hello again,

Have you ever seen a turkey's beard? You probably know that they have waddles, snoods, caruncles - but beards?

A turkey beard is a clump of feathers that appears on the breast of a mature turkey. It's indication means the bird has matured to a full size and is ready for processing. Under that beard is a nice healthy layer of fat as the final growth development.

Voila! You have a natural self-basting turkey.

The key is raising them till maturity which is generally 24-28 weeks.

Wondering what a waddle is? Or it's purpose?  Check in next week and I'll explain the waddle and the snood.

Ain't life great! 

 
 

Thanksgiving Holidays are very near!

Halloween is upon us! 

Spooky creatures are appearing on the farm!

A witch almost made it to the house, but crashed into a tree. There's pumpkins in the yard, cornstalks leaning on the buildings and a lot of ravens circling above.  The trees are turning gold and leaves are starting to fall. We're picking them up and layering the gardens for a winter blanket.  I love this time of year!

And the turkeys are fatter and healthier than ever!  We have 5 Hens and 8 Toms left.  I recommend putting your reservation in as soon as possible. November will be a busy month for orders.

We've got the plans for the new turkey runs and are laying out the fence lines and marking off the foundation for the large coop. We will have this completed by next year - ready for the new poults!

Scappoose Farms is a great family farm! It changes every month with new enlarged gardens and more turkeys. Soon we'll feature holiday gifts and events for the holidays! LIfe is good.  

 
 

The 2010 Turkeys

Scappoose Farms

Farm fresh… Naturally!

Well, here we are at Harvest Time. My favorite time of year! Our herbs are ready to dry, the vegetables are ripening and going to market soon, and the whole farm has a feeling of completion and satisfaction.

The Heritage Breed Turkeys we have this year have been really fun to raise. We took on four different breeds this year to determine which one we would like start breeding. The breeds are Royal Palm, Spanish Black, Bourbon Red, and of course, the Big Bronze.

Each one has their own special personality and it's becoming more and more difficult to decide on just one breed!

The Bronze has a much more aggressive personality and seems to like to bully the others. The Blacks are easy going and so are the Bourbon Reds. I tend to like the Royal Palms more than the others, now that I think about it. They talk to me and are easy to read. I can understand their little chortles and their warning calls. They all have a sleepy-time song that they do when it's bedtime. I like going out there at dusk and watching them come in to roost. Once they settle on a roost, they get themselves situated and then they start their quiet little song.  It's a peaceful feeling for me.

I think that's why all of our animals roam together and get along so well. I can let the turkeys out to free range in the open gardens and the dogs will check on them (and so will Louise, the cat!) - and no one gets excited or threatened. It's amazing! My favorite scene is from my front deck: The turkeys will lay in the green grass with their wings spread out, the dogs will be laying on and around the deck and the kitties will be wandering through it all. I realized at that moment how truly blessed I was.

I'll post some wonderful recipes soon for the upcoming Holidays. 

Till then! 

Thanks for reading and sharing

Joyce 

 
 
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