Between the two of us, Chris and I reckon we’ve raised close to 15,000 birds in our short farm careers working for other people. Now that we work for ourselves and have full control over our birds’ lives, we’ve noticed some pointed differences. This season, we were lucky to snag land from the Peconic Land Trust @peconiclandtrust 🦃 The piece of land we currently steward is not fit for most farm operations on the North Fork: it isn’t flat or cleared of undesirable weeds; it contains a bunch of invasive species of plants; there are lots of wooded areas. But, turns out, it’s perfect for the birds we want to raise. We’ve never raised happier turkeys, quail, guinea fowl, partridge, or chickens. They are plump, content and full of energy. There are lots of nooks and crannies for them to explore. The trees and hedgerows provide ample cover during the hot, humid summer and shelter during rainstorms. Sometimes, working with what you have rather than manipulating it makes more sense.