What happens on a turkey farm after Christmas
Adrian Joy (3rd generation of the Joy family to rear turkeys) tells us a few words about what goes on after Christmas.
Hi folk, its hard to believe in a few months time these snow covered fields will be full of turkeys for 2018 Christmas and Thanksgiving!
We get asked many times what we do here between the end of December and July when the new chicks arrive. Some assume we have a few months off - we wish!
Admin takes over for most of January. It's a bit of an easier time and we catch up on the loss of sleep! We then get busy cleaning all of the Turkey sheds, the feed and drink hoppers and getting the heaters ready for the chicks arrival.
Then its building and fence repairs, hedge and tree maintenance before the 1st March bird nesting protection deadline. Everything for the year needs to be done ahead of time as when the turkeys are here 5.30am to 11pm turkey care doesn’t allow for any other major jobs!
We also plan with some of the larger customers agreeing whats required by March which is when we order the chicks. This is when we work out what numbers of each size we want for the coming year. So you could say we have to guess what size 9 months before you decide!
So as you can tell - we still have lots to do!
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