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Painted Hand Farm is a 20 acre Civil War era farm located in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania. We raise meat goats, veal calves, turkeys and organic vegetables using humane and sustainable agricultural practices.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Ten Days & Counting

Yep, that's right you snood-faced relic from the age of dinosaurs. In just a little over a week, I'm going to pluck you, gut you, whack off your head, stuff you neatly into a plastic sack and put you on ice. A few days after that, you'll be the guest-of-honor for some lucky family who understands just how wonderful farm-raised Heritage turkeys really are, especially if you're a fan of dark meat. Notice these birds still have their full beaks & snood (that little thingy that sticks up on top) and haven't been shamefully mutilated like their commercially-raised brethren.
Similar to all other animals here on the farm, the turkeys are watered via a gravity-fed rainwater harvesting system. Remember the rain barrel Ralph installed earlier this year? Well, he ran a hose down to a secondary barrel which feeds the turkey waterer. Unlike those bell system, we have an open bucket with an automatic float. Too keep the turkeys from fouling their water, Ralph attached a wire cage around the water bucket so then can only get their heads through. It works great!

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