Category Archives: Animal State of Being

Pragmatic Rebalancing: “Efficiency” and the Next 50 Years

The weather has been beautiful here in Central Illinois…moderate and dry.  Our turkeys will be seven weeks old tomorrow and are doing quite well.  The last of the barn swallows departed… Their melody has been replaced by the harmonic, mechanical … Continue reading

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Least Common Denominator? Come On, People!

Our turkeys continue to grow rapidly.  We transferred them from the brooder house to grow-out buildings.  It’s a slow, tedious job… we have learned over the years there is no magic formula for herding and moving four-week old turkeys. Creating … Continue reading

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Animal Wellbeing & Arkansas

Greetings from Central Illinois, where it continues to be warm and dry. Turkeys are four weeks old today and doing well as the dry warm weather makes for easy ventilation. The bedding is dry and the birds love dusting themselves. Later this week, … Continue reading

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What Happens in Peoria

Our baby turkeys are no longer babies. Seventeen days old today – growing rapidly, nearly full-feathered, and rambunctious. The high heat had minor consequences the first week (mostly on this producer’s comfort).  Ventilation was difficult, yet constantly walking through the birds … Continue reading

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Loadout

What do you get when you combine high temperatures, heavy turkeys, lots of moving parts (mechanical and animal), family members and friends unaccustomed to working together, lack of sleep and a case of 5-Hour Energy?  Must be a summertime loadout.

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