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Rustic Red Poultry

Rustic Red Poultry I want to share my passion for heritage poultry and for raising food in a healthful and humane way.

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A good rooster keeps watch while his lady friend eats. Russian Orloff gentleman, Wiley, is kept as a pet.
10/27/2021

A good rooster keeps watch while his lady friend eats. Russian Orloff gentleman, Wiley, is kept as a pet.

10/27/2021

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10/11/2021

The Saxony waterway is done. Look at what they’ve accomplished!😄

The Saxony Corps of Engineers is working on a project in back of my house. Whenever it rains, they skip breakfast and ru...
10/06/2021

The Saxony Corps of Engineers is working on a project in back of my house. Whenever it rains, they skip breakfast and run right over to the site. They’re devoted to their work. 😁😜

09/29/2021

Teenage troublemakers! Beltsville Small White turkeys
The gap in their tail fans is normal. Those feathers are the last to grow out.

GUINEA KEET GIVEAWAY!!!We’ve had around 70 keets hatch on pasture this season and most have survived and thrived. In ord...
09/27/2021

GUINEA KEET GIVEAWAY!!!

We’ve had around 70 keets hatch on pasture this season and most have survived and thrived. In order not to be overwhelmed by the critters, I’ve decided to give groups of the young guineas away to appropriate homes. The most recent hatch is around 6 weeks old now and ready to rehome. Guineas are very effective at controlling ticks and insects on a homestead. They must be able to free-range safely to do their job. Keets will be straight-run and must go in a group.

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Carmella and RH (top pic) produced some beautiful babies this year. Saxony ducks. RH is shown left in his eclipse plumag...
09/04/2021

Carmella and RH (top pic) produced some beautiful babies this year. Saxony ducks. RH is shown left in his eclipse plumage.

08/13/2021

First day for the new squash bug squad!

08/11/2021

We have squash bugs under control this year. Two Squash Bug Control Teams! Choose insectivores, not insecticides🙂

August surprise! A new Squash Bug Control Team! Just when I thought we were done with babies, my helper found this mama ...
08/11/2021

August surprise! A new Squash Bug Control Team! Just when I thought we were done with babies, my helper found this mama turkey with new hatchlings in the weeds. This is a mixed group of guinea keets and Beltsville turkey poults.

Pawpaws coming along. There are six on this young tree. There were a lot more, but young trees often drop fruit. These s...
07/27/2021

Pawpaws coming along. There are six on this young tree. There were a lot more, but young trees often drop fruit. These should ripen in September. Pawpaws are a native fruit with a mango-like flavor and custardy texture.

Dog tired! Gus keeping the sweet corn patch safe from raccoons 🌽 🦝 🦝 🦝
07/22/2021

Dog tired! Gus keeping the sweet corn patch safe from raccoons 🌽 🦝 🦝 🦝

Survivors. Mama Beltsville and her guinea keets have survived several bouts of heavy rain, because they’ve been living i...
07/19/2021

Survivors. Mama Beltsville and her guinea keets have survived several bouts of heavy rain, because they’ve been living in the pasture 24/7. I finally had to intervene and capture and coop them up for a few days, because Mama kept bedding down for the night in a potential flash flood area. Eight babies remain. She lost one to a torrential rain. The white patch on her back is from where I removed her worn saddle when I caught her. Think she might need another to protect her from aerial predators.

Four plus inches of rain within 48 hours, making it 8-9 inches of rain on the farm so far this month. Pretty wet out her...
07/16/2021

Four plus inches of rain within 48 hours, making it 8-9 inches of rain on the farm so far this month. Pretty wet out here, but the apples and peaches are enjoying it. Not to mention the ducks!

Sixteen bundles of turkey energy this year. Eight are still with their moms, but these guys are with the older group tha...
07/08/2021

Sixteen bundles of turkey energy this year. Eight are still with their moms, but these guys are with the older group that have been “weaned”, and they’re running wild and getting into everything. Some other poultry folks who have tried heritage turkeys have told me “I’m not sure if turkeys are right for this farm”. I think what they really mean is turkeys can a be handful and are relatively hard to manage. Now that I’m getting arthritis, I’ve started to feel that way myself. I plan to downsize to just a few turkeys this fall. If you all know of any aspiring FFA students or older 4-H kids who need a project, send them my way.

Gem marigolds are pretty little flowers. No more than an inch across with ferny foliage, they make a charming front of t...
07/08/2021

Gem marigolds are pretty little flowers. No more than an inch across with ferny foliage, they make a charming front of the border flower or ground cover. Wonder why I don’t see them at nurseries. Maybe it’s a licensing issue. I got these through Johnny’s Selected Seeds. These are Red Gem.

Ducklings need niacin for motor development. Without enough niacin, they go lame and will sometimes give up and die. Tha...
07/02/2021

Ducklings need niacin for motor development. Without enough niacin, they go lame and will sometimes give up and die. That why chick starter feed is not nutritious enough for ducklings without supplementation. Green peas are a good source of niacin. Bucky the Shetland duckling here is enjoying a nutritious snack of green peas and a splash in the pool at the same time. I call it “peaing in the pool”. 🙃😆

Saxony duckling update: getting BIG!!
06/21/2021

Saxony duckling update: getting BIG!!

06/11/2021

Shetland duckling mealtime stampede

06/07/2021

The Shetland mama duck I can’t catch. She nested in the gooseberry patch. Clever girl!

05/30/2021

Saxony ducklings in their thicket

Fifteen Saxony ducklings were hatched out of the one pair of Saxony ducks this spring. Credit goes to the three intrepid...
05/28/2021

Fifteen Saxony ducklings were hatched out of the one pair of Saxony ducks this spring. Credit goes to the three intrepid broody hens (2 Muscovy ducks and one Russian Orloff hen shown), who are doing their best to get along and share the space. It’s interesting to see the influence of the mamas on the babies’ temperaments. Even though they’re all full siblings, the oldest group of six are quite shy, while the younger nine are growing bold and sassy. The bio parents, in the last pic, share the nursery house at night, but have no interest in raising babies and are leaving it to the professionals.

Guess I should wait to clean this pool. Occupied 🐸
05/27/2021

Guess I should wait to clean this pool. Occupied 🐸

Party in the brooder! Last night there were 7 Beltsville turkey poults, 3 Saxony ducklings and one imperious White Dorki...
05/26/2021

Party in the brooder! Last night there were 7 Beltsville turkey poults, 3 Saxony ducklings and one imperious White Dorking chick in attendance. The ducklings have gone back to the hen who sat on them until 2 days before hatch. She was happy to take them back. The rest will be placed with moms over the next few days.

Double trouble! Hiding their cache in the tall grass.
05/26/2021

Double trouble! Hiding their cache in the tall grass.

I have a young house guest this week: a singleton White Dorking chick. It’s providing some entertainment for my ancient ...
05/23/2021

I have a young house guest this week: a singleton White Dorking chick. It’s providing some entertainment for my ancient house hen, Margaret. We’re waiting for siblings to hatch in a few days.

No mistaking, spring is here!
05/18/2021

No mistaking, spring is here!

Some of the beautiful White Dorking chicks hatched by my friend Kristen Green out of my stock.
05/16/2021

Some of the beautiful White Dorking chicks hatched by my friend Kristen Green out of my stock.

My last remaining pair of Saxony ducks are finally parents. Carmella (first photo, right) is six, and RH is now five. Ha...
05/16/2021

My last remaining pair of Saxony ducks are finally parents. Carmella (first photo, right) is six, and RH is now five. Had planned to discontinue raising Saxony ducks, but Carmella was always my best girl, and I wanted to see what she could produce. The ducklings were hatched by the Muscovy duck shown with them. Saxony are not typically a motherly breed. The Muscovy’s mom is currently hatching out more Saxony ducklings. If all goes well, there will be at least a dozen.

Remember Hattie, who was sitting on a nest? She hatched six goslings on Friday. Hattie was the only goose I allowed to h...
05/09/2021

Remember Hattie, who was sitting on a nest? She hatched six goslings on Friday. Hattie was the only goose I allowed to hatch this season. Then Saturday, Bonnie Blue, who was not sitting a nest, ends up with a gosling. 🤔🤨 Baby stealing is a thing with geese. I’ll let this one go. They look so happy together. 💕

Hattie is due to hatch around Mother’s Day. Fingers crossed!
05/02/2021

Hattie is due to hatch around Mother’s Day. Fingers crossed!

Big Mama and her brood are working the gooseberry patch. This garter snake is just a few feet away. I assume it’s no thr...
04/28/2021

Big Mama and her brood are working the gooseberry patch. This garter snake is just a few feet away. I assume it’s no threat to two-week-old chicks with lots of moxy.
Garion Leamon?

Wow! Has it been a year already? Ozzie has turned out to be a real asset to the farm. He does his job with great gusto. ...
04/23/2021

Wow! Has it been a year already? Ozzie has turned out to be a real asset to the farm. He does his job with great gusto. He gets along well with Feisty Fergus and doesn’t take goose aggression personally. He’s a fun-loving goofball but is just crazy enough to be an imposing guard dog when it’s needed. Update photo in comments.

Ah ha! A hidden nest under the gooseberry bushes. Shetland ducks. 🙄
04/23/2021

Ah ha! A hidden nest under the gooseberry bushes. Shetland ducks. 🙄

My favorite turkey hen was missing yesterday evening. I searched the farmstead for an hour and even looked along the dit...
04/22/2021

My favorite turkey hen was missing yesterday evening. I searched the farmstead for an hour and even looked along the ditches. Fresh eyes and a night’s rest, and we found her. I saw her first. The dogs were no help. Just business as usual around here. I’ll let her be, because her eggs should hatch right about the same time as the ones saved for the incubator. She’s in a pretty safe spot.

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