Politics is an entirely depressing topic for me now. How about turkey sex instead?
When one is pregnant, one spends a fair amount of time wondering what the child’s sex might be. It’s a giddy time. I wouldn’t say this time is AS giddy, but…I am still somewhat in the dark as to the sex of my geese and turkeys.
This is the goose…or at least I think it is
These six birds, mere babies really at nine weeks, are our start at a new phase of bird ranchery: breeding. If we have a boy and a girl, that is. Statistically, I figured having three birds of one sex would not be so great. (The hatchery does not sex the ducks, geese and turkeys they sell.) And so far, I think I have one goose and two ganders. The turkeys, though? Not a clue! The turkey poults do look a lot alike. When we had the other turkeys come to visit, I did notice that two of the baby turkeys imitated the toms’ braggadocious fluffing-out. And two of the birds also have bigger wattles below their beaks. Hmm. Only time will tell, I suppose.
These birds are on the American Livestock Breed Conservancy’s list of endangered barnyard animals, and both are listed as “watch,” meaning their numbers aren’t dire, but are endangered. The geese are Production Toulouse (bred for meat, generally) and the turkeys are Bourbon Reds. Both breeds are active foragers, and the geese, especially, are known as quiet, calm birds. (Having hissy mean geese was a deal killer for me because the kid is active in their care.) I LOVE them all. They are all so curious and sweet, the turkeys especially.
I really do not know what I will do if I have three toms, though. I still intend to breed, so I am wondering how adult toms do with little poults around, does anyone know? Am I heading toward disaster if I go get more babies next spring to (hopefully) mate with the toms?
Oh: the odd girl or boy out of each set, should I be so lucky to have sets? Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Yes, it will be hard. But here’s hoping next year we’ll have our own home-hatched little poults and goslings running around…