It was an absolute joy going around the turkeys yesterday morning and seeing just how they are all progressing.
This years poults have done really well, and the promise they originally showed early in the season seems to be coming to fruition. I like to see another full moult before I am totally convinced and satisfied, but they are doing well and we are very pleased.
In particular, there are some nice Bourbon Reds with good tails, solid black Norfolk Blacks, clear Blues with good legs, and well-marked Slates. Importantly, our Buff groups have provided us with good solid coloured poults which is brilliant news.
We also took the opportunity to shortlist which of our birds will be going to the National Show in November. It is always interesting to see just how the birds you have selected match up with the others entered, and of course to see which birds the judge chooses.
The National is a great opportunity to see just what the standard varieties are about. But remember that not everyone has the opportunity to show their turkeys, and in fact many excellent birds are never seen at shows.
But the National is really is a great day out and probably one of the best opportunities to see most, if not all, the varieties together. Maybe we will see you there…