“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

The End Of An Era

 Yesterday morning, after 11 years of farm life, we said goodbye to our Old Tom Turkey.  We had watched his slow decline over the past year knowing that most likely he would not make it to the 12-year, 4-month mark,

     needed in order to become the oldest recorded domesticated turkey.

And although we hated to say goodbye to the old fellow who has been such an integral part of life here, we vowed to never let an animal suffer.  Yesterday morning when we opened the door to his house, it was apparent that something was drastically wrong with the old guy.

I can only guess that he suffered a neurologic event during the night.  He was unable to stand without falling over and seemed quite panicked.  We helped him to a quiet place and stayed with him until the injection of sedative took effect.  He passed peacefully, without any struggle or apparent discomfort.

Eleven years ago we brought three just-hatched turkey babies home to the farm.

We watched them grow...

and grow...

until they grew into beautiful adult Bourbon Red Turkeys.  Our original idea was to raise turkeys to eat.  Of course that idea quickly went by the wayside, as we became hopelessly attached to these personable birds, and...

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