Yesterday I promised photos from the urban farm I visited in a small town near Tulsa. In exchange for some fertile turkey eggs (a story for another time – specifically about a month from now), I brought Pumpers and a Dino Bone, as well as my phone (camera). This urban farm puts mine to shame. And I am SO JEALOUS. This noble beast was the first to greet me.
While the dogs were gnawing on bones and chewing on Pumpers, I got the tour. Y’all, the yard wasn’t even as large as mine. Well, maybe about the same size. Well treed (plenty of shade in the Oklahoma summer oven-heat). There was a privacy fence at least eight feet tall, maybe ten, I kid you not. And the chicken enclosure went nearly that high. Glorious. Chickens? And then some.
The owner keeps heritage breed chickens and turkeys. Click this link to read more about what it means to be a heritage breed (opens in a new tab). Her stock is gorgeous. And tame. The Old English Game hens are like dogs – gentle and loving attention. Did I mention I was jealous? Look at this sweetie!
My biggest disappointment? There were no goats. This house was just off of Main Street, after all. But the rabbits!
Her rabbits and chickens all live together in a huge aviary-like enclosure. Some of the girls have dug a warren out into the yard, but live in the enclosure. A handful of rabbits are in cages, for very specific reasons, like quarantine because they’re new, or a new mama with her kit.
My friend asked that I share her turkey and rabbit initiative with y’all. Pop over to the Facebook page, Off and Hopping, and see what they’re about! Then say hi to a sweet turkey hen.
And this turkey hen has a secret passion. A secret love. Known only now to her mama and myself …
What you don’t see here is that she was taking small pieces of beef liver jerky from our hands. Good turkey!
Thanks for coming on my urban farm journey with me! I sure wish I could convey how hot and humid it was that day. 😉 Now go give your dog a Jones Natural Chew and watch it smile! Naturally. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! (@JonesChews)
Until I write again …