Saturday, May 1, 2010

What's in the box...part II?

What could it be that is in the box, capturing Bernie's attention?

15 baby Narragansett Turkeys!

Compared to baby chickens, the turkeys are much more inquisitive (far less...chicken), have longer necks and seem to enjoy sprinting.

As a rare heritage breed, they are a bit more pricey than more engineered turkeys. In fact, at nearly $10 each, these one day old chicks might even be more than a frozen Thanksgiving supermarket turkey. They are supposed to be excellent foragers, however, and perfect for small farms. We are told they breed well too.

Narragansett turkeys are a cross of Eastern Wild turkeys (of America) and a bird that Europeans took from Mexico, domesticated in Europe and then brought back to North America. They were popular through the 19th Century, but became endangered when turkeys became industrialized. In 1998 it was reported that there were only about 60 breeding pairs left, but they are becoming more popular now with the growing interest in sustainable agriculture.

I just think they are cute.

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