Great Turkey Walks

“I’ve always been fond of birds, poultry in particular.”  – Simon Green

In the last couple of days, I’m reminded of an amusing and clever novel that my children and I enjoyed called “The Great Turkey Walk“, by Kathleen Karr.  Our star of the story is oversized Simon Green, who has just completed third grade(for the fourth time), when his teacher tells him that maybe it’s time he made his way into the world of 1860.  He may not be book-smart, but he sets out on a journey with a rafter of a thousand turkeys from Missouri to Denver to cash in on the meat market.  His caring teacher, Miss Rogers, bankrolls the trip and he and his dog, four mules, a driver and a wagonload of shelled corn are off.

This past weekend had our family prepping the farm before Hurricane Sandy’s arrival.  We couldn’t be sure of the extent of damage we might suffer, so we made the best possible plan for putting up hooved and feathered friends for the long haul.  This included stalling all of our free-ranged turkeys so they would not end up in the next county or state after the projected 60 mph gusts were upon us.

The morning of Sandy’s arrival, dawn broke lovely and lavender and our gang took on a “Breast Cancer Awareness” pink hue.  I waited to move the birds until I was sure that they’d foraged enough for the morning but we weren’t going to be fighting the elements for our short trek through the sheep chute and into the barn stall.  Also, I wasn’t quite sure they would follow as necessary and I didn’t want to run short on time while chasing and corralling 40ish birds on my own.

Today dawned less pink, with a Sandy-surprise in the pasture, but blessedly no casualties.  And after leading the gang back out to the pasture for some fresh air and foraging, sans too much wind-beneath-their-wings, they were delighted to find the new roost.  The rest of their day was spent arranging themselves and ornamenting the old Beech tree that had elegantly heaved from the earth and ho-ed to the ground.  I rather like the new set-up myself.

The day after Hurricane Sandy arrived, Wing and a Prayer Farm turkeys ornament the new pasture roost.

Last, but not least, enjoy walking the turkeys to and fro with us in the following clip:

11 responses to “Great Turkey Walks

  1. That’s about the most entertaining little video clip I’ve watched in awhile! And, I might add, the cleverest little “Share” button I have EVER seen on here!

    • Thanks so much! SO happy you enjoyed the clip. I don’t always go around filming my chores, but I enjoy the turkeys so much, I thought to film them to share. It’s a rough vid, for sure, but you get a good sense of how sweet they are!

      • I’m glad those are sweet. I wonder what they’d charge to teach the wild ones around here some diplomatic skills…they roam the roads around here in packs, and saunter across the roads right at the most dangerous curves. Usually when a car is coming. So far they haven’t caused an accident that I know of, but they sure can cause the heart to race! They also know where our dog’s electronic fence is, and stand just on the other side of it and make noises at him. He has actually bounced off the ground barking at them (eyewitness here!!). 🙂

        • Oh I know what you mean about sending your heart into a tizzy! Everytime a squirrel or chipmunk, anything comes into the road, I have a mini heart-attack! Lot’s of wild turkeys here, also, but mostly in the pastures and forests so I seldom see them in the road. If they are in the road, they tend not to obey the speed limit 🙂 (As in, they take their own sweet time!)
          Oh your poor pup – that image of being taunted by turkeys is entertaining!
          Be well and thank you for the farm-visit!

  2. I’m glad everything on the farm is AOK. We too made it through with little more than a few branches down and lots of rain. I enjoyed the video of the Turkey Trot. Have a great day and here’s to drying out a bit! D

    • Yes, here’s to drying out a bit – last evening I forgot to shut a north-facing window on the barn and had a huge cleanout for today 🙂 Got a little lax after the best of the storm was behind us, taught me a lesson I shan’t forget! Well, we never have enough to do, right? Good to stay busy, keeps us out of mischief.

      Thanks for the stop-by and glad to know that you are up and running without too many glitches. Oh severe weather…

Comments are closed.