Tofurkey Day

There are lots of options for a Thanksgiving feast. Everyone eating at my house will have Pecan-crusted Seitan, Jill may have a tofurkey, Sarah’s household has made the decision not to have a turkey this year. Around 46 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving alone.  Even if you are a meat eater I think you can agree that that’s a lot of dead bird.  Think about adding a kind gesture to your Thanksgiving traditions and check out the adopt-a-turkey project —   HereRead more

Reading this will only make you hungry…

So it’s almost Thanksgiving.  That most wonderful time of year when we have an entire holiday completely centered on EATING!  Sure, there’s some other stuff about Pilgrims and being thankful and all that jazz, but the important part is the food!  There’s mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole (with marshmallow topping), green beans, gravy, pumpkin pie, apple, pie, cherry pie, apple cider, and all kind of other deliciousness!  Some poor misguided people even include brussels sprouts in their mealRead more

Missing Ozzie

On Wednesday, we made the decision to euthanize Ozzie, our Royal Palm turkey, who lived in the farmyard. He had been sick for a long time, and seemed to defy the odds on a daily basis. Up until this past week, he was his usual ornery self, even through what we strongly suspected was cancer. Late last week he started limping, and eventually went lame, and didn’t respond at all to the treatments for pain we were giving him. AsRead more

Friend or foe?

Aaah, springtime! There are so many great things that happen in the spring: beautiful flowers come into bloom, the trees are full of bright green buds, temperatures are perfect for outside adventures, baby animals are in abundance, and suddenly every living thing seems rejuvenated! And those changes in activity and behavior also apply to the museum animals. Wendy the woodchuck has come out of hibernation and is starting to climb around her exhibit and run around the support hall again.Read more

Drumming and displaying

Spring is here and love is in the air. Our Royal Palm Turkey, Ozzie, knows it too. He’s been showing off mating behavior for the past week. Here’s a look at his show for the ladies– you can’t really hear, but he’s drumming (a quick thumping sound made in his chest) as he walks around like this. You can hear him occasionally do a quick “chh” sound, but most of the background noise is from the chickens who are nearby.Read more