Turkey Secret Service

No pictures this time. I was too close up and hands on to be carrying my ipad or iPhone or even my Nikon. So here is how it went down. Nyoka and I went outside to clip the turkeys’ wing feathers to keep them from flying out of our pen. We picked a male to separate out and catch but in the ensuing chase it got mixed up and we ended up with the female upside down by both feet. A quick few scissor snips all while she was quiet and content and we set her down. Unfortunately, her men were most assuredly not ok. They began to inflate and gobble. Their heads turned bright red and blue. Their snoods extended to full length. and, they surrounded her keeping her protected at all times. They did not herd her so much as move with her where she moved all the while eyeballing us. I knew then with all those wing tips dipping to the ground, I decided I didn’t want them clipped and they would be staying close to protect her.

Barnyard math

When I arrived home from driving amish joe to some lumber buyers, Brontë informed me that my turkeys had gotten out and she had gotten all 3 of them back in the pen.

Count the turkeys.


Yes if you look closely you will see 6 turkeys. Not my original 3. My turkeys did not indeed get out. I am assuming that these were indeed Joe’s turkeys come to visit. Of course they are welcome to visit. T least as long as they display like this.

It’s hard to soar like an eagle…

I brought some new birds into the family today. I brought in a male and female turkey. The male is and was in his old home the Boss. Hence, I have named him Bruce, as in Springsteen. He is a more grey color than Jeff but displays magnificently. The female is Tewes after a very special one legged turkey in our hearts.





We also brought in 2 guinea keets. The adult I named Pipsquawk from an old cartoon due to hur unexpectedly strange misshapen head. The juvenile whit one I shall call Pipsqueak on account of he is smaller.

There were other critters. 4 male turkeys, 3 Peking ducks, and about 10 to fifteen chickens but those went to Joe’s. I could have had a couple roosters but I want to bring some hens in which means have to be controlling my rooster numbers, not increasing. So it was just my two pair for now and Bruce may go to Joe yet as he is here to teach Jeff to display.

I create something original

This is a bench for under the kids’ coat hooks. It’s for tying shoes storing book bags etc. I made it from discarded cedar slabs I got from Amish joe’s saw mill behind us. I help saw the logs and hand picked the sections of the slabs. It didn’t come home to the accolades I expected being my first solo successful wood project but I like it.



Family fun


Had the whole family down this last weekend. It was nice have all three girls back home at once. The grandkids were a bonus too even with the sea monkey still inside. I wonder it will be like to have all of the steps full someday.

Let’s see, who all was here

Grandpa and grandpa nini
Eric and Brian
Stephani Matthew Nora and Anderson
Katie and Jake

Mary and I

A lot to visit on a rainy weekend, eh? But much fun either way.









As we contract and expand…a few new additions and editions

Drumroll please. I mean this is the beginning of a new era in my life. That’s right I said it. And I am saying this is where I announce that I am more of a man and more of a farmer.




Yep I gots me a farm truck. Joe and outfitted it today too. I helped build its racks.




I have dubbed my truck Danté. I will explain why once I have decorated the rack and can show you a pic.

I took my Danté and its rack on its maiden run to the livestock sales tonight. I sold sherry the goat and Joe sold a ewe. I brought home Dave 2.0. I am sure I will give him his own blog entry with better pics but here is a first low light couple of shots from out in the barn at the sale.



The Un-nou cement

Well now that everyone has had the chance to hear the news through proper more personal channels, I can make it official and permanent here.


My daughter Katie is having a baby and we now know he is going to be a boy. He is due in February. We are excited meet him in person.