Herd Birds

One thing we appreciate about turkeys is their suitability for herding.  Just judging by their body shape, we might expect them simply to act like bigger versions of chickens.  Turkeys and chickens are only distant relations in the larger pheasant family, so it isn’t surprising that they express their flocking instincts quite differently.  Even though they bear strong resemblances, they are very different birds. Moving turkeys across open pasture is far easier than trying to accomplish the same task with chickens.  Chickens scatter in all directions, and even with a crew of… Read More

The Crow and the Turtle

At lunchtime I went out to give the farm a checkup, and as I passed the small pond I saw a crow partially submerged in the water.  It seemed in distress, flailing its wings but not making progress toward the shore.  It wasn’t squawking, just opening its beak periodically without vocalizing. I made a decision to intervene.  It wasn’t a studied decision, just a spur of the moment action.  I don’t try to interfere with every wounded animal, but I hate to see protracted suffering if it can be prevented with a… Read More