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Farm Name: Hayswaggintails

Year Farm Established: 2008

Location: Buskirk, NY

Years I’ve been farming: 7 years

Animals I raise: Goats, horse, turkeys, chickens

Crops I grow: blueberries, maple syrup, asparagus, tomatoes, lettuce, broccoli, green beans, sunflowers, perennial flowers

Hobbies I enjoy: gardening, cross stitch, taking care of my animals & farm (which is almost a full-time job in itself!)

Club/Associations memberships: NY Farm Bureau, Brunswick Sportsman Club

The proudest moment on my farm: Our first eggs

Pets: Ziggy, Fluffers, Daisy, Fred

Farm Motto: Don't tread on me!

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Thanks for visiting us! Your pictures are beautiful! I'm so glad you are enjoying your neighbor's peacock. They do have a very unique call! Our male has been very quiet lately, since he lost his tail feathers for the season. Maybe he's been too hot to attempt to persuade the peahens!

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07/27/2010 10:12.23 AM Report This Comment  
  The Homestead Questions about Turkeys
We let the turkeys free-range. The tom roosts on top of the barn at night and the hens on another (lower) roost behind the barn. Turkeys like to roost in high places (protects them from predators at night). We have one small farm dog (a mixed breed) and I have not seen any evidence of predators on our property! Our turkeys are "Bourbon Reds". Dressed out (processed - after one year), the hens weighed between 8 and 10 lbs. The Toms between 13 lbs and up; our largest tom weighed 16 lbs. We use a commercial turkey food, but supplement it with sunflower seeds and cracked corn. Because they free-range, they pick up bugs and worms (and whatever else) also! We do not eat the eggs (we have only had about four so far), but bought an incubator and are trying to hatch those out. So far, nothing. They may not be fertilized, we don't yet know. Friends who bought turkeys from us (processed), thought that they tasted excellent.

Come visit me, Hayswaggintails.

01/28/2010 05:13.32 AM Report This Comment  
  What kind of coop do you have for your turkeys? Or do they even sleep in a coop?

We have a bob cat family that has moved to our woods due to the logging and the coyote path, too. So far our little 5 lb mix terrier has kept the pack from coming to close to the house.

This is going to be fun, when the pigs come.

What breed are your hens and tom? What's their estimated weight? What do you feed them? Do you eat their eggs? Do you hatch them?

Have a great one.

Come visit me, The Homestead.

01/27/2010 04:51.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Have you ever heard of corn cob jelly? If so, do you know how to make it?

How hard are turkeys to raise? Are they anything like keeping gunieas (sp?)? If so I don't need them...LOL... I've been having a on battle with my son's 4 gunieas about getting them in the coop at night.

Have a good one.

Come visit me, The Homestead.

01/26/2010 02:22.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Gorgeous Place!
Your Farm looks so tranquil and beautiful. I love your barn!

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01/20/2010 02:20.32 PM Report This Comment  
Hey, does anyone out there have any suggestions on how to keep a warming hut turnout from being so mucky? This fall was my first experience with muck and it was awful!

Come visit me, Hayswaggintails.

12/30/2009 03:52.54 PM Report This Comment  
  We are located in Quebec, Canada. Close to the Vermont Border.

Come visit me, J & J.

12/30/2009 10:06.51 AM Report This Comment  
We have 19 barred rock chickens (4 are roosters). They produce lots of eggs, in fact, so many that I am able to make a weekly donation to a local food pantry. They love to see the eggs arrive, I love to see them go and am performing a vital community service in the process!

Come visit me, Hayswaggintails.

12/30/2009 04:54.17 AM Report This Comment  
  What a pretty photo!

Come visit me, J & J.

12/29/2009 06:16.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Just beautiful

Come visit me, Harold's Promise Farm & Araldos Bakari Farm.

12/29/2009 05:19.21 AM Report This Comment  
What a beautiful place...it looks so clean and fresh. Welcome to the farm!

Come visit me, My Wyoming Home, Santa Sara Ranch, WyoCowgirl's Santa Sara Ranch & Santa Sara Ranch (Coming Soon).

12/29/2009 02:39.56 AM Report This Comment  


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