Friday, January 15, 2016

Little Sprouts Heritage Thanksgiving Turkeys are coming for 2016!


This year.. after a long wait and many many requests... we are set up for thanksgiving turkeys this year! Remember those? mmm... heritage breed, pasture raised, soy free, organically fed REAL turkeys!

For one reason or another, the last 2 years we have missed the window to get started.. but this year we made it! this week we finished the "egg coop" where they will stay for a short time while we collect the eggs, then off to the incubators, the brooders, the pasture and finally... your thanksgiving table!

If all goes well, we are set to produce somewhere between 400 and 800 turkeys by thanksgiving this year.

You will be able to make a deposit to reserve yours pretty soon, keep watching here to get first notice... and remember, we have sold out every year so far. So if you want one of these birds... reserve early!

This year the egg coop in the the old melon / pumpkin garden area (which was the original pig pen). We built a nice coop form a few fence panels, old metal portable structure, leftover covers from the structure, some orange netting, a few 2x6s, some old dog houses, and lots of straw!

Tonight we just connected the lights to bring them up to laying stage... which should be within 2 to 4 weeks. Remember the requirements about lighting birds to lay eggs... target is 14 hours of daylight, but no more change than 2 hours per day every 2 weeks, and only start the morning instead of extending the evening. If  you have any questions about this process, feel free to contact us.

We are VERY excited to be bringing turkeys back this year!

A bit dark, but here is the finished structure. Yes its WET here in oregon! but the 6 to 8 inches of straw gives a nice warm cozy bedding. In the background you can see a few of the pigs checking out all the comotion.

Here's the inside accommodations, with 31 breeding turkeys settling in. In the back the roosts are under the sunroof, while the front is the quiet nesting area for the ladies when they get ready.  

Private accommodations for the sitting moms. Well, most actually prefer a group room. there will be 2 to 4 turkeys sitting in each box. 

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