Windrow Farms, Young Turkeys, and Reuse

This is not my first blog post about our friends at Windrow Farms. There is this one about pumpkin recycling as well as well as a photo of male turkeys ‘Jerry’ and ‘Thanksgiving Dinner’ in my blog post on Thanksgiving Day. Elizabeth, Chad and Tailor are our good friends and they are doing some wonderful things on their farm and for their community of Nolensville, TN.

Fancypants the turkey, hens, and roosters feeding on healthy scraps of fruits and vegetables

Fancypants the turkey, hens, and roosters feeding on healthy scraps of fruits and vegetables

The farm is literally growing (correct usage of literally). Among the raised beds, hanging gardens, and traditional beds of fruits, vegetables and herbs are the critters: chickens – lots of them, turkeys, guinea hen, ducks, horses, cattle, rabbits, and a squadron of potbelly pigs. What is unusual is the percentage of the animals that are rescues. Both horses, all 5 pigs, all but one of the rabbits, the ducks, and some of the hens and roosters are all rescues.

Child's Bench Repurposed to Chicken Roost

Child’s Bench Repurposed to Chicken Roost

Our staff at Junk King of Nashville knows that if rolls of wire or wind netting, screening, fencing, or dog pens come in on a hauling job they need to put them aside for me to see if Miss Elizabeth/The Chicken Lady needs them. Most often she does.  Rescues usually aren’t scheduled. They just happen and the farm needs to have a place for the new resident immediately. Each week some things come in that might not stand out as something usable for the farm. A child’s bench came in that was a little worse for wear and not quite up to what we would donate to ThriftSmart. I messaged Elizabeth with a photo and it is now in the coop with the post-February chicks roosting upon it.

4 new Windrow Turkeys, photo by Caryn

4 new Windrow Turkeys, photo by Caryn. Please note photobombing pig

Yesterday marked the arrival of four young turkeys from the breeder. Three are gents who will be raised for the family meals on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter and one is a lady who will start laying turkey eggs later this year.

We had dropped off a large wire dog crate with a wonky side a couple weeks back. The plastic domed Igloo dog house that we dropped off yesterday was attached at the wonky side creating a pen for the four birds to protect them from both existing residents and the elements during their initial health quarantine and acclamation.


Igloo + Wire Crate = Turkey Run

Igloo + Wire Crate = Turkey Run, photo by Caryn

Comments (2)

  1. Elizabeth Windrow

    I am very grateful to have you guys think of the farm when looking for ways to recycle items that come in on the trucks. Life is about finding ways to work together and I know Junk King of Nashville with Caryn, Bob, Campbell and the guys will always be there when a need arises here on the farm. You guys are amazing!!!!!!!!

    • Caryn H.

      Thank you so much, Elizabeth. We are charmed you occasionally have need for items we are trying to re-home. You’re doing great work and photograph after photograph is quick to show that your critters are happy critters.

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