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Thanksgiving Turkey Reservations

08 Sep

Greetings, all!  It’s that time of year again.  Reserve your Thanksgiving Turkey today!  Since we are taking orders from our Facebook page as well, the process is a little different.  I’ll be sending an invoice for payment separately from your reservation request.  This will also help us avoid overbooking.

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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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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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***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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Reserve your 2016 Thanksgiving Turkey today!

13 Aug

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 Thanksgiving season.  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.

This year, for the first time, we are offering “Early Birds”.  These are our large heritage toms that are big enough to harvest today because they hatched earlier in the season.  Removing a few of these big boys gives the younger and smaller birds more space to grow.  You can purchase these birds live, or if I have enough orders I’ll make a trip to the processor.  Email farmer@walnuthillfarmmi.com to get your early bird today!  **SOLD OUT of Early Birds**

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.

Orders are pick up only at the farm the weekend before Thanksgiving, and deposits are non-refundable unless we cannot provide a turkey for you.  We have more than 50 turkeys growing out this year so we should have no trouble filling requests.  The birds will be processed on November 18 and will be available for pickup on November 19-20.

Sizes are as follows, click to add to cart:

  • Extra Small:  under 10 pounds
    • Excellent fried or on the grill, put two in a roaster for personal pieces, or freeze for “any day turkey”.

 

  • Small:  10 – 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 – 20 pounds 

 

  • Extra Large:  20 pounds and up  

 

 

 
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Thanksgiving turkeys 2016

24 Jul

We’ll be starting to take reservations for Thanksgiving turkeys in the next few weeks, but we wanted to take a few minutes to let you know what’s going on at the farm.

Sometime in August, we should start getting eggs from our young pullets.  Hatched on our farm from eggs purchased from heritage breeders across the country, we’ve added breeds including Silver Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, Araucana, Ameraucana, Lavender Orpington, Red Dorking, Cream Legbar, Dark Cornish, Blue Copper Marans, Black Copper Marans and Naked Neck.  These breeds offer a rainbow of egg colors from white to cream to pink to tan to medium brown to cocoa brown as well as shades of pale blue, aqua, green and olive.  And whenever you hatch eggs, you hatch cockerels as well as hens.  I have young cockerels ready to join your flock, grace your yard with a joyful crow every morning, or join you at the dinner table.

For the first time ever, all turkeys that will be sold for Thanksgiving will be from eggs laid by birds raised here on the farm.  In the past we’ve ordered poults from hatcheries and from breeders (too inconsistent, quality issues, not always shipped on schedule) as well as from eggs shipped in from heritage turkey breeders (USPS is the only shipper of hatching eggs, and they sometimes have a very rough trip).  Hatching our own eggs from our own hens has resulted in a really nice batch of young hens and toms, and we have a few that are big enough to harvest now if you want a summertime turkey dinner or just to freeze until you are ready.

All of these turkeys are heritage turkeys.  These are Narragansett, Oregon Gray, Bronze, Golden Narragansett and Red Bronze that we’ve been carefully selecting and breeding to produce big, healthy, active turkeys.  They are meaty birds with the rich and wonderful flavor of the heritage turkey.  The largest young toms should tip the scales at around 30-35 pounds if grown out until Thanksgiving.  Since we had continuous small hatches from February through June, we will have turkeys to fit every size from 7 to 30 pounds.

 
 

Spring is here!

16 Mar

Spring is here. We’ve started hatching our 2016 turkeys, and will have chicks hatching starting next week. We will be replacing our current layer flock with breeds such as Black Copper Marans, Lavender Orpington, Appenzeller Spitzhauben, Sulmtaler, Crested Legbar, Cuckoo Marans, Araucana, Ameraucana, Olive Egger and Easter Egger for a more colorful egg selection. Stay tuned for chick pics!  We have fresh eggs daily.20160220_210507[2]
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Thank you!

26 Nov

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Thanks to all for a very wonderful Thanksgiving harvest. We served two of our heritage turkeys this year, one hot smoked over applewood and cherry, the other traditionally oven roasted. Both were tender, juicy and delicious. We hope you enjoyed your turkey dinner!

 
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