Poultry Uncertainty, Part 3, and Using the Garden’s Produce

So I moved the older white turkeys back into the “pheasant pen”.  They were having trouble getting enough to eat.  I tried to teach them to jump on a spool we have in the barn to eat there, but they never figured it out.  And they don’t seem to fly well enough to get into the chicken pen for food.  So I had been throwing food on the ground for them, but the geese were bullying them out of it.  Plus they were getting chicken layer pellets which is not ideal.  So this way they can eat as much as they want, and it is the correct food.  But I decided to add the lone Naraganssiet turkey to this pen as well.  This turkey is getting bigger and is awfully crowded in the “weasel-proof pen”.  So I thought this was perfect.  Tom is tired of me moving poultry around all of the time and is no longer giving me advice about it.  So this was all entirely up to me.

The white turkey were bullying the brown one.  I was hoping it would settle down with time, but for 24 hours the brown turkey just walked the fenceline trying to figure out how to get out.


So this was not good.  So I move the brown turkey back into the crowded pen with the 30 chicks and 3 younger turkeys.  She/he happily sat on its favorite roost and seemed content.    Trying to keep poultry healthy and happy is hard.

My plan is to try again when the smaller turkeys are of size to safely move to the pheasant pen (and then kick the white turkeys out again).  But it may be a bit as they are still quite small.

In other farm news, I am up to my ears in produce from the garden.  I am still freezing green beans and blueberries.  I am eating lettuce and tomatoes daily.  I am feeding pumpkins to the animals daily.  And I made cauliflower rice with some of the abundance of cauliflower we have.  I apparently lost the recipe I used to use so I used this one which is similar.  Here is the cauliflower after “ricing” in the food processor, baking and cooling.

Then I squeezed it in our small press.

And here is the rice.

Next I turned my attention to the tremendous amount of zucchini we have. I did break down and bought a new dehydrator.  But I haven’t used it yet as I made my favorite zucchini burritos.  This is a recipe from my vegetarian teenage years.  Here is the recipe card I made way back then.  My handwriting has changed since then, and you can see this card has been well used.

I decided that this zucchini was equivalent to the 4 that the recipe called for.  I ended up using only about half of it.

But here is my filling cooking.  I do not know why it is, but it is so good as a burrito filling with some melted cheese and a dollop of sour cream.

In medical news, I had my second appointment with my new (and wonderful) endocrinologist yesterday, and I am full of hope that I might be able to slowly wean off of my fludrocortisone and prednisone.  My cortisol levels looked good, and my pituitary testing was all normal.  Fingers crossed!


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6 Responses to Poultry Uncertainty, Part 3, and Using the Garden’s Produce

  1. Michelle says:

    Great medical news! Yay!!

  2. Denise says:

    so glad about the positive medical news- here’s hoping that it continues! and that’s a cool way to use cauliflower.

  3. Jeanne says:

    I’m so happy for you about your good news! And so glad you really like your new endocrinologist!

    I really like my rheumatologist. I wish he could be my PCP.

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