The thing about incubators full of fuzzy chicks is they don’t stay that way long! See them hatching here. Our laying hens and turkeys are growing so fast, they left us scrambling to provide larger runs to house so many birds.
The young poults outgrew the brooder quite quickly and began the transition to living outside.
Roxie really liked this transition, as she had a better vantage point for watching the growing turkeys.
I tried to get pictures with my Tom as he grew. For awhile he was the alpha male in the turkey yard, but he lost that spot quickly when another Tom challenged him.
Our Royal Palm Tom turkey is a gorgeous addition to the barnyard. Here he’s pictured with the daddy of our brood. April 7,2019
Those cute fuzzy checks grew FAST and came with their own problems of balancing so many toms.
As he got older, it got harder to distinguish my Tom from the group, but I think this was him.
A barnyard full of so many turkeys is a lot of work, but I sure enjoy the sound of the barnyard while tending the animals. The reward of having a healthy flock of turkeys growing to secure a food source is the goal of every homesteader.
About the Author: Barbra-Sue Kowalski grew up on a small hobby farm. She was always drawn to farm life, however, she was stuck in an urban life far from her roots. Barbra-Sue was a single mom for 13 years, raising her 3 children on her own. She met Philip in 2018 and they married in 2021. Between the two of them, they have 5 grown children and 4 grandchildren. These empty nesters are following their dreams! As they both turn 50, they are building their off-grid homestead to live the life that they dream about. Learn more about Philip and Barbra-Sue here. Contact them here. To leave a comment on this post, please scroll down.