"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Saturday, December 20, 2008

New Barnyard Critters

Today we met a neat family that had several geese on Craigslist. It turned out to be a wonderful blessing as we came home with 5 African Geese and a Spanish Turkey. I knew the minute we met that I liked this family. They have a ton of chickens, geese, ducks a few goats, a few cats and six cutie pie kids, oh and they homeschool!

Funny how visiting a like minded family is so uplifting for ones spirits! Neat day, and exciting new critters!

5 African geese nicely penned in a dog kennel for transport.

Spanish turkey not so comfy but handled the 15 mile drive just fine.

Geese in their new home! They are quite people friendly and I believe will be a wonderful addition to the Double Nickel.

I love how amazing turkeys are! In the background you can compare him to one of our Dominique roosters...BIG!


~~Deby said...

Welcome to your new farm animals....look forward to their antics and of course, pictures...
....I will name your Turkey, *Gobble*.....

Penless Thoughts said...

Blessings and more blessings!!!! God is good and His blessings never end. So happy for the new additions :o) More to see if we ever make it.

Pat said...

Well, well, double nickel has increased in numbers!!

Glad you are blessed so abundantly!!

Bet they make it in the family album frequently!!

Pat said...

What is the difference with a Spanish Turkey vs. regular??


May your family continue to grow. The geese are so pretty and the turkey looks like it is "boss." connie

UncleHenry said...

I'm no farmer, but keep an eye on that turkey. They can be pretty mean! Geese can be tempermental, too. You should raise bunnies & kittens instead, LOL.

Glenn Bartley said...

Spanish Turkeys are a variety produced by selective breeding of turkeys throughout much of western Europe, not just in Spain, after the first turkeys were brought there from North America. They are aslo known as the Black Spanish Turkey, the Norfolk Turkey and Black Turkey, and probably by other localized names.

Black is not a usual main color for natural turkeys. They reportedly are among the types of turkeys bred for consumption that are closer to the original wild turky than those fat white turkeys that are commercially turned out today. Then again almost any turkey probably tastes betetr and more like the original than some of those Butterballs, Perdues, and whatever else of the modern commercially raised turkeys we almost all have eaten.

If I recall my history correctly it was Benjamin Franklin who wrote that the Wild Turkey was a better choice than a Bald Eagle as our National Bird because it was only found in North America (another type of turkey is found in Central America) thereby making it a unique symbol of our nation. Furthermore it did not have the perceived failings of the eagle.

As I know from my hunting education, Turkeys were extirpated (extinct in different sections of their entire range, but not completely extinct over the whole of their original range)in almost all of their natural habitat because of market hunting and loss of habitat way back when in the early 1900s. They had probably once numbered in the tens of millions. If not for breeding programs to encourage natural breeding, and if not for reintroductions of them, funded in greatest part by hunting license fees and hunting excise taxes, they would not be found where they are found today and may well have gone extinct. In the early part of the 20th century there were maybe 25,000 - 40,000, now there are several millions of them and they are hunted in all of the lower 48 states.

All the best,