"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
Showing posts with label turkey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label turkey. Show all posts

Saturday, September 20, 2008

White Sands Balloon Festival

We began the day watching the Hot Air Balloons in Alamogordo NM. Town is 15 miles away and at we could see the balloons, but I wished to get close ups! If you enlarge this photo you can see the majority of the balloons near the ground as they had been up up and away, and now were wrapping up their fun for the day.

I posted more photos on Pen of Jen.

Here is Turkey...he has really grown in the past few days(Yummy)!!! In fact the entire barnyard has been growing. Our Dominique's began laying yesterday! 3 teeny tiny eggs...which I forgot to take a photo of!

Saturday, August 30, 2008


Here are the Turkens(brown) with the turkey in May.(Turken) We have a male and a female, and I must confess that they are the weirdest looking creatures that I have seen.

We have decided to raise these to sell as they are so curious to look at that many feel drawn to them. The kids named them Otto and Gretchen. When they finish the separate yard for them they are going to call the Turken home the Grotto.

I tried to take pictures of both Otto and Gretchen yesterday, but Otto would not stay still. So here is Gretchen.

Here's Christmas...(Thanksgiving died as a result of the flooding in July). He is a midget white turkey, and perhaps can get as big as 15-20 pounds.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Bits of the Farm

Here is Fourth, today. It is very cold here, that darn global warming bites again!

The duck pen. If you are wondering about the green thing in the background, it was at my local grocery store by the dumpster. I asked the manager if I could salvage this~one because I thought it was cool! and two because it has many purposes. This has four shelves(circular) and this was the banana top to the banana stand that is usually in the cereal aisle. The shelves are currently in the green house.

Here is the new coop yard. It is next to the duck pen, and will house the 19 hens. We will keep the chick brooder with the 9 new chicks with this batch of hens.

Every morning I muck out the coops, and the dust leaves residual on the recycled windows...I wrote a message for my sweetie, can you see it?

Remember the Mesquite trees and the branches with the thorns? We dug out 19 in the backyard. We have a pile of the branches...to get rid of, but I was thinking as I was doing the dishes and came up with this idea. I wove the branches(with many pokes and thorns to my hands) in the chicken wire. This gives shade to the yard in the afternoon. Eventually I will do the top also, and the new coop yard. Happy chickens lay yummy eggs and taste even better!!

Turkens you wonder???They are the brown birds. They have no feathers around the neck and look(to me) creepy. But they are chickens. The white one is a turkey and you can tell a turkey by the little pimple like bump on his head. Here is a photo of what a turken will look like full grown. I went on a tour of a farm that has rare breeds of birds and she had these little ones. She offered the male and female to me to start up breeding and selling turkens. I figured why not? I mean if we do nothing but eat the eggs and raise them, it will be fine with me. And I took the birds others must be willing too, right??lol

Yes, you could definitely say that living in the southwest has inspired this perch. I made this with branches from around the property. We had one perch in the coop, and I knew that they needed more so here it is.

I was not sure if it could be seen clearly so I brought it to the yard, and up a hen jumped to test it in the yard.

I tried to take another shot, bird free...no such luck. That is Colonel Sanders in the shot giving me the once over!

Thanks for visiting me on the farm. I hope you understand that we are trying to reuse or salvage nearly everything that we can, and still live cozy and comfy being the best stewards that we can be.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Kitchen and Update

Here is the cupboard over the stove. As always I must give a peek to things. The house we live in, is an older home and built with quick, easy, cheap materials. The cupboards are a cardboard style fill covered with a shelf liner(which I painted). We plan on taking all the cupboards out and just put in wooden shelves, but for now, this is my solution.

As we have an abundance of chicken wire, I implemented it here. Originally in the space there was a glass insert, with flowers and gold looking swirls. Now it has this! The knob has a nickel on it, for The Double Nickel.

If you look to the upper left corner you can see where I had stopped painting for the day, to complete the cupboards! The walls are vinyl(yes, vinyl). So I painted them this brown. The color is Iron Earth, and I really like it. The other two colors I use are cream and a barn red. Soon I will have the indoors revamped. Then I will give you a tour.

UPDATE: We just picked up the newest members of the Double Nickel Farm...solely for the freezer.

These are Rouen ducks, and a turkey. We were supposed to get two turkeys, but one died yesterday, and this one has a cut on the leg. But we patched it up, and will only pray, as this is Captain Swanson(from the Swanson TV dinner fame)and he has a very important role on Thanksgiving;0)

~ now I amback to work