In the spring we collect eggs from our breeding stock. We use an onsite incubator which holds up to 800 eggs. Our turkey, chicken, and duck are hatched and raised right here on the farm. 



Heritage Black Spanish Turkey (Black Turkey)

Calm disposition, rapid growth and early maturation describe the Black turkey. The rapid growth is not as rapid as other more popular turkeys, nor is the finished size.  It will take the Black about 28 weeks to reach marketable weight.  Toms will dress out around 23 lbs., with the Hens dressing out around 14 lbs.  This heritage bird is well worth the wait.  The Blacks are not known for their breast size, but more than make up for it with their exceptional flavor and texture throughout the entire bird.  


Listed in the Threatened status of the Conservation Priority List from the Livestock Conservancy.



Silver Appleyard Duck

Beauty, size and docile temperament is how this breed is known.  They are active foragers which contribute to their large sturdily built bodies.  Market (dressed out) weight for the Silver Appleyards go between 6 to 9 lbs.  Meat is lean and flavorful giving way to be known as the “Gourmet roasting duck”.  Prolific producer of large white eggs, gave this duck the label as the best layers among the heavyweight ducks. Bakers and pastry chefs are familiar with the use of duck eggs, and the outstanding quality they provide.


Listed in the Threatened status of the Conservation Priority List from the Livestock Conservancy. 

                                                                

 

Heritage Plymouth Barred Rock

Hardy, docile, broody and an excellent producer of both meat and year round egg laying.  Egg color varies from light to dark brown.  The slow growth rate enables the bird to develop a strong skeletal structure and healthy organs.  Both needed to support and build muscle mass.  Meat is considered tasty and juicy.  Market weight is reached approximately at 16 weeks.  The bird will dress out at about 85% of its weight.  Roosters will                                         average around 9 1/2 lbs. while the Hens average 7 1/2 lbs. live weight. 


Listed in the Recovering status of the Conservation Priority List from The Livestock Conservancy. 

When we added the Silver Appleyard Duck and Black Spanish Turkey both were listed in the Critical Status – (Fewer than 500 breeding birds in the United States, with five or fewer primary breeding flocks (50 birds or more). And estimated global population less than 1,000. 


Definition of Threatened Status - Fewer than 1,000 annual registrations in the United Stated and estimated global population of less than 5,000.

Definition of Recovering Status – Breeds that were once listed in another category and have exceeded Watch category numbers but are still in need of monitoring.