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Poults and chicks

13 May

We have some surplus chicks growing out in our brooders. Black Ameraucana (from Blue/Black/Splash pen), two Ohiki true bantams, one Exchequer Leghorn, a few Appenzeller Spitzhauben, and an assortment of brown, green, olive and blue egg laying crosses sure to bring variety to your flock. $5 and up while they last!

We also have turkey poults from our Walnut Hill Farm line. Based on Narragansett and Standard Bronze lines, I selected for good size and sustainable production for more than 6 years. These birds free range and roost like smaller color selected heritage but put a real meal on the table when the time comes. Toms average 25 lb at 7 months, hens 18 lb at 7 months. $10 each. Incubator season is coming to an end so reserve yours now.

 

 
 

Chicks and poults

11 Mar

We have chicks!

Available now and through spring we will be offering chicks and turkey poults. Uncommon breeds like Serama, Appenzeller Spitzhauben, Ayam Cemani, Sulmtaler, Naked Necks and our “backyard gems”, mixed breed birds crossed to make a rainbow of egg colors including white, cream, tan, brown, chocolate, blue, aqua, green and olive.

Our turkeys include full heritage selections as well as our popular meat line that we offer for Thanksgiving each year.

Varieties vary by hatch, and hatching weekly.

 
 

Eggs in the incubator!

31 Jan

If your family is involved in a 4-H poultry program or know someone who is, we are offering our early season hatches to 4-H members first so they can make the entry dates. No minimum order and quantities are limited. I am getting most of these eggs from quality breeders and offering ALL at discounted prices to verified 4-H families.

Scheduled to hatch:
Serama – February 25-26 pickup Some pens include silkied Serama and frizzle Serama so some chicks may carry these genes. Very delicate and tiny! While these birds come from very good stock, this is a novelty breed and not all chicks will grow out to show quality.

Heritage turkeys – March 4-5 pickup. Our own Walnut Hill Farm birds, variety of colors.

Meat line (heritage/BB cross) turkeys – March 4-5 pickup
Vigorous birds that grow large, 30 pound young toms are common. These are meat pen birds with easy livability from our own Walnut Hill Farm meat line. These are the stars of our Thanksgiving market.

Coming soon: Purebred Ameraucana (white, lavender, blue, black, splash), Silkie, Call Duck, Ohiki, and Ohiki Easter Eggers!

Keep watching this post as we add more hatches. Any unsold to 4-H after these weekends will be available to the general public.

 
 

Preorder your specialty chicks and Walnut Hill Farm turkeys now!

03 Jan

We are now accepting requests for chicken and turkey varieties to be hatched Spring 2017. Sorry, we do not ship. All chicks and poults need to be picked up at the farm.

Silver Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben $15 each straight run (last week of February through last week of March)

  • Silver Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben 

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Ayam Cemani (cockerels only) $50 each with no more than one CLEAR toenail on each foot at hatch. While parent stock is all black, this breed has a very high cull rate for recessive color genetics. No guarantee on adult colors. These are PURE Ayam Cemani with great fibro expression in the parent stock and no leakage. As available…cannot tell when hens will choose to lay. These are wild type layers, producing only a few clutches a year. Orders will be filled in order of request.

  • Ayam Cemani 

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Easter Eggers bred for shades of aqua to olive $5 each straight run. These are great year round layers. (last week of February through last week of March)

  • Easter Egger 

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Heritage turkeys (colors include Narragansett, Bronze, Golden Narragansett, Red Bronze, Dark Gray, Narragansett phenotype) $15. We will try to fill color requests but due to the number of color combinations possible, please be willing to be flexible on color or get birds from multiple hatches. (Hatching February – June)

  • Heritage turkey 

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Meat line turkeys (colors may include Bronze phenotype, Oregon Gray, White, Dark Gray, Cornish Palm, Narragansett phenotype, Bronze phenotype, Sweetgrass phenotype) with young tom weights 25 to 37 lb at 28 weeks. $15 assorted colors. Limited availability. (Small hatches February – June)

  • Meat Line turkey 

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Last chance for turkeys until next fall!

22 Dec

We have plenty of fresh turkeys available DECEMBER 23, 2016 for your Christmas or anytime enjoyment. These are smaller birds from 10-20 pounds.

After December 23, I will be further processing the leftover turkeys into assorted cuts. I can also cut yours into drumsticks, thighs, wings and breasts if you prefer. To ensure freshness I will be freezing the cut up birds immediately after packaging. I can also debone and grind them into fresh ground turkey on request before they are frozen.

 
 

A few remaining turkeys for Thanksgiving

21 Nov

We were blessed with an overabundance of turkeys this year, so we took more in than we had orders for.

We have five lovely turkeys remaining, ranging from 8 to 37 pounds. Please email farmer@walnuthillfarmmi.com for an up to date status on what is available. Cash and carry…Happy Thanksgiving!

 
 

2016 Limited Edition Christmas Turkeys

19 Nov

Our Thanksgiving turkeys have been such a hit, we raised a lot more this year.  Since we hatch our own from our hen’s eggs, we started them a few at a time from March to June.  The June turkeys were a little too small to join us for Thanksgiving, so they get to stay in the coop for a few more weeks.  On December 23, you can treat yourself to a fresh young heritage turkey raised here at the farm.  We are also offering them live to people who want to add to their own flocks, so quantity may vary, but right now we have 20 scheduled to go in.  Orders will be filled in the order received, where early orders have the best adherence to requested size.

This year, we are offering sustainable heritage turkey varieties from our own breeding flock.  These mixed color heritage turkeys are larger and meatier than many heritage lines raised only for a specific color.  We have also been able to raise more turkeys to grace more tables this year.  We are also able to LOWER the price to $6.00 a pound thanks to keeping the poult cost down.

We are raising predominantly heritage Bronze turkeys this year, along with several Narragansett and Oregon Gray turkeys.  All are renowned for their meat quality and taste, their sustainable qualities, and their excellent temperaments and beauty.  These turkeys offer a nice balance of light and dark meat, and the meat is tender, juicy, and full of real turkey flavor.

Heritage Turkey Hen

Hens are fine-boned and dainty, and grow more slowly to a smaller size with flavorful, juicy meat.  Hens generally dress out from 8 to 14 pounds, and smaller hens are often cooked two to a roaster  as they carve out to personal-sized pieces like a large chicken.  Small hens are also great to deep fry, or if you want to fry one and roast another.

Heritage Turkey Tom

Toms stand tall and strong, and grow a little more quickly and considerably larger than the hens.  Toms generally dress out from 12 to 18 pounds and are very flavorful and juicy, but this year we will also have large young toms up to 30 pounds thanks to our home grown breeding flock built from our biggest and best heritage turkeys over several years of selection.

To reserve your turkey today, please place a $25.00 deposit per turkey using the button below.  We fill our orders in order of reservation, so please reserve early to ensure you get the bird(s) you want.  Price is $6.00/lb dressed and bagged and your deposit will be credited at the time of pick up.

Sizes are as follows, click to add to cart:

  • Small:  8 – 13 pounds 
    • Roast two in a roaster, or brine and smoke for succulent goodness.
  • Medium:  13-16 pounds 
    • The perfect size for a small family gathering.
  • Large:  16 pounds and up 
 
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Turkeys are ready!

19 Nov

Turkeys are ready for pickup!

 
 

***Alert*** Turkey processing rescheduled

18 Nov

Due to unplanned line maintenance at the poultry processor, processing of the Thanksgiving turkeys will be delayed until Saturday morning, November 19th.  Pickup will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Sunday, and we will add additional pickup hours 10 a.m. through 7 p.m Monday.

 
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We still have turkeys!

11 Nov

We still have turkeys available for Thanksgiving!  We have 20 available right now ranging from 6-13 pounds.

Be bold:

  • Split your turkey lengthwise, season it up and grill it.
  • Inject or brine and hot smoke your turkey.
  • Deep fry it whole, or cut into pieces and deep fry.
  • Roast two small young hens in a pan and carve the joints into single serving sizes.
  • Stuff one with traditional giblet dressing and another with apple, mushroom and pecan dressing.

We’ll even offer an extra incentive to go out of the box…save $1/lb on our turkeys under 10 lb.  Store it in the freezer for a bit if you wish.  We only grow turkeys once a year so get them while you can!  These small turkeys cook fast…enjoy them anytime.

We are also bagging the birds in BPA-free freezer and oven safe bags, please let us know how you like them.

 

Order your turkey here:  Reserve your Thanksgiving Turkey today!

 

 
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