0h Noes! Cute baby turkeys!1!




Elizabeth B. found these tempting turkles and story over at Beyond Blue Stockings.



  1. If marmies won’t work as Theo-bait, then perhaps if the third one tapped out ‘I am deeelishous!’ with his egg tooth:
    dot dot dot dash dash dash dash dot dot . . .

  2. Lisa Shalet says:

    Don’t be confused…don’t eat ’em! Typically they’re raised and killed in very cruel conditions.

  3. Love the tags.

  4. Very foofy, but those eyes…those giant, dead, shark-eyes…*shudder*

  5. Get into my belly!
    Or is that let me get to your belly and give you a snoogle 🙂

  6. If you truly love animals, please don’t eat them!

  7. They’re….BITE SIZED!

  8. Gobble Gobble.

    okay maybe Peep Peep for a few weeks and then Gobble gobble!

  9. (The Original) Mel says:

    “Turkey-lurkey dah and turkey-lurkey doo.
    Love to eat turkey in my big brown shoe.”

  10. oh, GREAT.

  11. Tofurkey! Tofurkey! Tofurkey!

  12. (The Original) Mel says:

    Moder-aye-shons have struck me down in the prime of my commenting career!

  13. Of course I wouldn’t eat something so cute! I wait until they’re all grown up and ugly, then I eat them! Yummy!

  14. oh no! don’t make me eat tofurkey, CO!!!!

  15. …Vegan transformation complete. Thanks, CO.

  16. Me too! Le siiiiiigh…

  17. Aww I never thought I’d ever find turkeys cute! But cute they are!

    I really hope this post doesn’t bring out any “meat is murder” nuffers…

  18. dun ben veggie for nearly a decade 😀

  19. Awww, so precious. I wouldn’t eat them even if they weren’t cute (Quorn roast for my family on Thursday), but their cuteness makes me extra glad I don’t.
    Also, EGG TOOFS!

  20. Fuzzular! So happy I’ll be having my 22nd turkey-free Thanksgiving. I can look y’all in the (plinky) eyes!

  21. Yeah, but once they grow up, they get reeeeally ugly. Then we don’t care if they get eated.

  22. Cute as babies… mean and delicious as adults. Although granted my only exposure to a LIVE adult turkey was a wild turkey my dad “adopted” that kept wandering around our backyard in Pennsylvania. That tom turkey was a MEANIE! He even bullied our dobermans!

    Never been around adult domestic turkeys, though I hear they are… erm… how do I put this nicely? Dumb as rocks?

  23. I used to visit my stepfamily’s farm, and me and a stepcuz would get chased by turkeys. Mean lil’ boogers.

  24. Psalm 150:6 says:

    Bonnie, Quorn roast for me too! Yum yum. Who needs meat with all the excellent alternatives available? I love animals too much.

  25. Hi all in the Cute Overload community. Thanks for the shout.

    If it’s any comfort, these little dollies lived a life of privilege and luxury during their stint in the city, before heading back to the farm and facing the fate of big ol’ eatin’ turkeys.

  26. Once upon a time, I volunteered at a local museum, where they had a little petting zoo. I got to show the kids the baby turkeys. There’s a neat trick where petting the turkey chicks behind the head makes them go to sleep. Too bad that didn’t work on the pea-chicks. -_-

  27. I wish I had a way to promote the funniest comment up near the post in the layout (will find something eventually) – ’cause this is hilarious – nice work KrisD.

  28. *gasp* The Fearless Leader Herself! *Wayne and Garth bows* We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy!

  29. Vegetarian, so not conflicted at all. I was surprised by how many other commenters were also vegetarian or vegan.

  30. fleurdamour says:

    At least you don’t eat ’em when they’re this age. Now THAT would be mean.

  31. Another vegetarian here! I’ve dabbled in veganism but currently lack the willpower to really plunge into it.

    As for domestic turkeys, they are not the brightest creatures because they have been bred to carry excess muscle in their chests, grow at an alarming rate, and the only sunlight they really see is when they’re transported from the hatchery to the farm, and then from the farm to the slaughterhouse. Wild turkeys are far more intelligent, have no mobility issues, and do fly.

  32. I was a vegetarian for many years, until health reasons pushed me back towards meat. WHY must some animals be delicious AND adorable??

  33. Especially classy post. Glad to be vegan once again.

  34. Aww, turkey nuggets!

    I think they’re cute even as adults, actually. =P I also think they taste plain awful, though I’m not a vegetarian.

  35. Too late.

  36. This is for Christmas but bears reading even now!

  37. ♥ Like poor people ♥

  38. I don’t think adult turkeys are ugly at all. Who is to judge what is ugly? They probably don’t think humans are too attractive either 😉

    I’ve been vegan 8 years and counting! We are making a veggie pot pie this holiday.

    Happy thanksgiving!! (Consider sponsoring a turkey at the Farm Animal Sanctuary website.)

  39. Another vegetarian chiming in! Me, my hubby and my mom are having vegetarian Indian food for Thanksgiving . . . mmmmmm. For anyone feeling “SO… CONFLICTED!”, there’s no law saying you have to eat turkeys, and there are so many delicious foods in the world!

  40. CUTE LITTLE PEEPERS! …Peepers? Do they make tiny gobbles? …peepple? @<@

    Story of my life, but replace turkeys with piggies. I've loved ham with a passion ever since I was young. I would sneak it from the time I was 6, ripping peices off the ham before Christmas dinner. BUT piggies are SO DAMN CUTE! And smart! I'm breaking my own heart!
    When I own my own piggy one day I definitely will keep him live and well and try not to eat bacon around him.

  41. This post made me laugh my behind off! Thank you for the humor. Put a bright spot in my otherwise bleak day.

  42. …doesn’t that just mean you should know where you’re buying from? There are good places to get Turkey, I’m sure. Can’t think of any right now cuz I don’t pay attention (my parents buy the groceries) but hey….. out there, somewhere, beyond the deep blue sea…….. (sorry, that’s a song. I only know that part.)

  43. BOTH.


    I think KrisD deserves an award or something.

  45. Yup. I’mma go troll em nows. (This is meant to be taken lightheartedly and in good humor, not in the manner of the comments “real” tros make.)

    Ah loves me mah meat, in the field and on mah plate.

  46. I absolutely adore animals!! They’re soo cute! They have such amazing personalities, and are fun to watch! I never cease to be amazed by them. They are to be treasured and valued!

    Especially when they are seasoned well and on my plate. This hungry loves her meat. (Fowl is good if prepared correctly. If not, I’d really rather pass…..)

  47. Exactly what I was thinking! They’re way too small to eat now, you wouldn’t be able to any meat. Maybe a mouthful. When they grow up, they won’t be quite as pleaseing to look at.

  48. Seems to be a common thing with boids, my experience.

  49. *ahem*

    *points up to Beyond Bluestockings comment*

    These turk’s are well cared for. Just saying there’s not ALWAYS a need to worry. Maybe 99% of the time, but not always.

  50. I would rather go the way of the Pilgrims and eat venison and other some such (leaving turkey oput) but turkey’s easier to get in stores…..

  51. TrixAndSam says:

    Chiming in with my two cents: I’ve experienced slaughtering what is then served for dinner. Was it a happy experience? Erm… not sure I’d describe it that way, but when my grandmother explained how they were able to survive during WWII off the livestock they raised and vegetables and fruits they grew, making use of every last bit in ways I never imagined, I stopped agonizing over my or anyone else’s dietary choices. Granted, my circumstances are not my grandmother’s by any stretch of the imagination, I still can choose to eat humanely raised animals. (In case anyone is wondering, I’m getting my turkey from a local farm – search Hokah Turkeys – where they’re range raised.)

  52. Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief. We was comin’ back from the island of Tinian to Leyte… just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn’t see the first turkey for about a half an hour. 13-footer. You know how you know that when you’re in the water, Chief? You tell by looking from the wing to the tail. What we didn’t know, was our bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn’t even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin’, so we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know, it was kinda like old squares in the battle like you see in the calendar named “The Battle of Waterloo” and the idea was: turkey comes to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin’ and hollerin’ and screamin’ and sometimes the turkey go away… but sometimes he wouldn’t go away. Sometimes that turkey he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. And, you know, the thing about a turkey… he’s got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll’s eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn’t seem to be living… until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then… ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin’ . . . So, eleven hundred men went in the water; 316 men come out and the turkeys took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.

  53. Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief. We was comin’ back from the island of Tinian to Leyte… just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn’t see the first turkey for about a half an hour . . Sometimes that turkey he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. And, you know, the thing about a turkey… he’s got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll’s eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn’t seem to be living… until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then… ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin’ . . . So, eleven hundred men went in the water; 316 men come out and the turkeys took the rest, June the 29th, 1945.
    Anyway, we delivered the bomb.

  54. Arrrgh, I didn’t mean to do that! Anyway, looks like we’re gonna need a bigger tractor.

  55. Yay! I’m Elizabeth/Liz B. and these turkey poults are just too darn cute. Nicely done, Beyond Bluestockings for the photos. Personally I don’t eat turkeys either but suspected these turkeys had a pretty good life 🙂

  56. That was incredible. Is that your writing? Hope you’re doing something with your life that shows your creativity (besides visiting CO, that is!)

  57. woo! I am thankful for tofurkey!

  58. Tofurkey is yummy!

  59. Agreed!

  60. ….*facepalm*

  61. crrrazycatlady says:

    I’d be pretty pissed off, too, if people were trying to kill and eat me.

  62. Turkeys! Get yer fresh turkeys! Our turkeys are so fresh, they still have their egg teeth.

    OK, whoever writes these captions, do you play WoW?

  63. :))) Nice to know! Actually, I don’t think I could really become vegan but I eat it with the frequency of a 19th century peasant and won’t order it unless it’s the “lived a decent life” variety. Which leaves me with very low red blood-cell count but anyhow…

  64. They look very disapproving. I think they’re judging me.

  65. virtualjess says:

    And hurrah for the veg love! We celebrate vegan thanksgiving monthly at my home… ever since I went vegan 2 years ago, and discovered how absolutely delicious and healthy cruelty-free food could be. Stuffing and green bean casserole and sweet potatoes oh my!

  66. this is like the one we had for a while, his name was Otis… he was a goulds turkey(one of teh heritage breeds)

    He was HUGE… and a big goofy guy… he loved to play tag through the fence with the dog. HE was not really bright, but he was beautiful and fun to have.

  67. Tiny, soft, adorable little peepers!

    Another happy vegetarian here (I don’t think I’d ever go vegan, though, sorry 😦 ).

  68. Same here! It’s a good feeling. No guilt.

  69. Take iron supplements? Eat spinach?

  70. +1!

    Tofurkey has been a part of my family’s Thanksgiving tradition now for the last three years, and I don’t miss the real thing a bit (bleuch, too stringy).

    For anyone who loves these birds for more than their dead flesh, consider adopting a turkey at Farm Sanctuary 🙂

  71. Tofurkey is deleeeecious.
    Cuteful baby turkeys are awesome!

  72. bookmonstercats says:

    My friend’s dad kept chickens, including a big, black cockerel. It should have been called “Leroy Brown – baddest cat in the whole dam’ town”. It used to hide behind trees and ambush unwitting passers’ by.

  73. bookmonstercats says:

    I used to buy my Christmas turkey from my friend’s husband. He gave them a big feed laced with hops (ie made them tipsy), then he scritched them behond the head and when they’d gone to sleep, he took an axe……

    They went happy!

  74. Except, you know… they have NO CLUE.

  75. It’s actually not bad stuff. It was good enough to satisfy my meat-eating family (it was basically meat-free baloney), but it was way too salty for me, and I’m the non-meat-eater.

  76. Me too, very pleasantly so! 😀

  77. Miss Kitty Fantastico says:

    Don’t worry about me, little cutes. I’ll be enjoying Quorn turk’y roast tomorrow too. 🙂

  78. [Thumbs up, Honor – favorite comment so far!!]

  79. Same here, love cheese too much… 😦

    What I love about this thread is how many posters are either vegetarian or vegan, and how no arguments have erupted. We’re just stating the fact, and it’s painting a very nice picture I think, yay!

  80. OMG PONIES!!!!!!11111!!! You honor me Meg et al.

    I’m not worth, I’m not worthy!. Plus, I ate all the turkey snacks…..

  81. “Turkey-lurkey doo, and turkey-lurkey dickel;
    I wish turkey only cost a nickel.”

    “Turkey for the girls, and turkey for the boys;
    I love to eat turkey in my corduroys.”

  82. The grown ones can also be VERRA VERRA mean. 😯

  83. We usually have both ham and turkey at Thanksgiving. Makes for doubly-delicious leftovers!

  84. O NO He/She/It DI-unt!!! says:

    Myself, I’m not a fan of Tofurkey.

    However, the word “cuteful”???? Now THAT’s just phenomenal 🙂

  85. This makes me happy too. There are too many hateful posts about vegetarians on other websites around this time of year.
    I let others eat their turkey in peace, if they’ll let me not eat it in peace.

  86. You’ve never seen Jaws? *shakes head*

  87. Mainly because meat-eaters get preached on by non-meat eaters, so they retaliate! It comes from both sides. I’m curious about this Quorn peolpe keep talking about. It won’t replace my turkey dinner, but I’d try anything twice.

  88. The tofu-meat makers of America should be grateful we didn’t choose the duck as our Thanksgiving bird…

  89. Fact: many things which are cute are also delicious. As i regularly remind our rabbit, Finn whenever he’s being naughty: people are omnivores and i have a stewpot that’s about the right size.

    Cute turkeys, though!

  90. I am SO HAPPY right now. My favorite movie, too!

  91. Oh, I LOVE Quorn! I totally don’t know what I would do without it.

  92. I was going to say something similar! Yay, us.

  93. TrixandSam says:

    Excellent!! Keeps ’em on their toes, doesn’t it. I tell my dogs they’re one bad behavior move from being sold on a street corner for a dollar.

    (OK, I would never really do that, and Trixie just gives me a look like I’m nuts and Sam, well, he just gets excited at the prospect of meeting a new friend or two.)

  94. Lol, Annie! Poor Finn. Though I’m sure he does some things to deserve that.

    Now if he was a kitteh, he’d probably go curl up in the stewpot by himself!

  95. Happy Day before Thanksgiving… and let us remember the point of it all ..(NOT the eating of turkey and stuffing… but the opportunity
    to be thankful for one more year under our belt and cellebrate the next year standing before us like a glittery hopeful gem. And maybe help someone who is not so lucky by sharing the bounty of our own lives.

  96. YEs this is how they call our bluff! those tricky kitties. 🙂

  97. Just give them a week or so, they’ll be ugly enough for uglyoverload. Turkeys do not age well. Also, farm raised free range turkeys are not kept or killed in cruel conditions. I say free range with some sarcasm, turkeys are not as smart as chickens… or really smart at all, they would never find their way home without help. Dont get me wrong, Im a vegetarian, but I also grew up on farms and Ive been to the slaughter house. It sucks and I hate it, but it isnt nearly as bad as a lot of people would have you believe. Most farmers care about their animals, and feel sad when the time comes, they arent monsters that live to torture animals. I dont like eating meat, I dont think its right and I dont think its healthy, but I dont judge those who do. Ive heard a lot of crazy stories about what happens on farms and most of it is a load of…. pooh

  98. I agree!
    This is what I got for Thanksgiving
    Also, muttlover, they’re still KILLING a turkey

  99. Theresa – Brilliante : That would’ve taken me about three weeks to type, that’s if it even occured to me 🙂

  100. Cut and paste, baby, cut and paste. :mrgreen:

  101. My Uncle kept Turkeys, and my Dad would help him out, at Christmas. They were free range, when no one had even heard of the term, they frequently flew up into the trees, then couldn’t work out how to get down. My Dad said they were pretty stupid, they’d put there head through a gap and keep pushing, until they strangled themselves instead of pulling back. My Uncle’s method of killing them, was to sit them on his lap talk gently to them, while stroking there neck and with a click of thumb and finger their neck was broken,oblivion. No scary squawking.

  102. Hear, hear!!!

  103. Quorn is awesome. Try it!

  104. No turkey OR tofurky for me!! Rather….THIS: http://www.quorn.us/products/Turk'y_Roast.aspx
    It’s really good!

  105. I like turkeys better alive. I’m not a vegetarian, I just prefer ham to fowl.

  106. Erm, cut and paste, I’ve heard of it, but I don’t believe it 🙂

  107. okay everyone, come to the table! it’s time to cut the Mycoprotein (58%), rehydrated egg white, pea fiber. Contains 2% or less of autolyzed yeast extract, onion powder, tapioca and potato maltodextrin, natural flavor from non-meat sources, salt, dextrose, gum arabic, calcium lactate, sage extract, canola oil, citric acid, garlic powder, pepper, sunflower & palm kernel oil!

  108. Look out, Hon Glad, there’s a turkey– Aaaaaaghghghghwwwrzxzxztzghghghg!

  109. Lol…so what:p I found out about Quorn after reading an article in Women’s Fitness about Carrie Underwood and it mentioned that she eats it. Soy products(including tofurky) really aren’t as healthy as they are advertised to be, so I’m glad there are other options for vegetarians.
    I’m with the majority of vegetarians on here…not knockin’ people who eat meat. But at least there are other options for people who don’t. Most of Thanksgiving dinner is vegetarian-ish, anyways 🙂

  110. original.

  111. Would you care to frame your argument a little more constructively?

  112. so true! but trying to pick a wine, now that’s a problem.

  113. fleurdamour says:

    Young Turks

  114. One of the many reasons I love author Anne Lamott: she says that when the Supreme Court ruled to allow animal sacrifice for religious reasons, she cut out the headline and taped it over the kitty’s dish.

  115. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!!1 says:

    EXCELLENT word and animal-play there~ Fleurdamour!!!!!
    squee & etc.

  116. everyone talking about how dumb turkeys are reminded me that it’s actually pretty tough to hunt wild turkeys. they wander around in big dopey packs, right in plain sight. they loiter on the sides of busy roads and generally act as if you could walk right up to one and poke it in the eye. apparently they are pretty wily and it’s hard to sneak up on them. turkey hunters have to be vewwy, vewwy quiet. i prefer NOT to eat piggies and prefer fowl to ham, though i would be okay if someone hunted one of those icky wild boars that are chomping up the united states. eating one of those would make me pretty thankful, i bet.

  117. same here! you guys are making me all warm and gooey inside!

  118. LOL! and you know ms lamott would only have kittehs who can read.

  119. Finding them cute is not a choice, eating them is.
    It’s up to you, you don’t HAVE to eat them….

  120. I’m exactly like Angela: I have no intention of trying to convince anyone not to eat meat, I just don’t want to be mocked for choosing not to. Sadly, I’d say not a week goes by that someone doesn’t tease me, and unfortunately the teasing to me is just cruel. At a group dinner the other day, someone made a comment about how tasty horse meat is, knowing full well that I’m involved in a horse refuge charity. Not cool.

  121. O NO He/She/It DI-unt!!! says:

    @ RosiePosie: wow if THAT’s puttin’ it NICELY, then …..

  122. Well if I wasn’t putting it nicely, I’m pretty sure I would have been moderated into oblivion. 😉

    There are things dumber than rocks; dirt, boxes of hammers… my ex-boyfriends…

  123. I have been known to (playfully) threaten my naughty kitties with selling them to some greasy spoon in the nearby Cantonese neighborhood (not that my Cantonese neighbors eat cats that I know of, but it doesn’t make sense to threaten them with selling them in Little India or the Jewish market).

  124. In my small experience, yes, wild turkeys are a handful. I mean…. any critter than can scare the daylights out of two full-grown doberman pinschers who once were able to subdue and hold a burglar with a gun… yeah, that’s a bad*** birdie.

  125. Lewis n' Clark says:

    I didn’t know bears knew how to read.

  126. Lewis n' Clark says:

    so THAT’s what is making you feel all warm & gooey inside…

  127. O NO He/She/It DI-unt!!! says:


  128. O NO He/She/It DI-unt!!! says:


  129. I heard my name . . .
    Oh wait . . . I always get confused with Morse Code.

  130. That’s because they’re DELICIOUS.

  131. Yay meat! Bleh soy!

    (Seriously, if I’m allergic to soy, I’m going to kill some animals so I don’t starve.)

  132. and they’re the only animals i never see as roadkill. i can’t think of a better reason to have a turkey as the national bird.

  133. psychethos says:

    I’m not conflicted. I think they look cute, but I also view them essentially as food.

    Not that I don’t think that eating meat is morally wrong. I do. It’s just that I don’t think it’s wrong enough for me to stop doing it at this point. The convenience and pleasure of eating meat outweigh the moral considerations for me. I do still try to have meat at most once a week, but I don’t feel the need to switch to vegetarianism.

  134. Hahahah, I get it 🙂

  135. No ham no fowl?

  136. As for turkeys being mean, might have something to do with their experiences and/or the way they’ve been treated. I went to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary over the summer and met several turkeys, and besides being afraid of me and sometimes puffing themselves up to try to intimidate, they were actually rather adorable and playful creatures.

    Also, if you can, visit the <a href="http://www.woodstocksanctuary.org/&quot; WFAS , it was an amazing experience!

  137. Bleh, sometimes I really wish there was a “preview” option.

  138. That’s funny–my parents used to threaten to sell my sister and me to the gypsies when we were little. I think my sister asked one time to be sold to the circus instead.

  139. Wild turkeys will cut a b****.

  140. In the chandelier of life, he was the dimmest bulb 🙂

  141. Thanks Giving precisely one month before Christmas, strikes me as bad planning.
    Can someone splain why?

    We no getty holiday here, I’m at stinking gruzfruckle work.

  142. O NO He/She/It DI-unt!!! says:

    It would seem, Victoreia, that you were not the *only* one in yer family blessed with an ability to be *mischevious*…..

  143. O NO He/She/It DI-unt!!! says:

    LOOK It’s Kathy Griffiths, disguised as Theresa!!!

  144. O NO He/She/It DI-unt!!! says:

    I think likely the original “pernt” was giving Thanks to the Supreme Being for the bounty in the entire year’s harvests (as we also are just past the traditional season of harvesting crops/ farms) …Meantime, HG, might I offer compliments on your choice of cursing vocabulary???

  145. So I work at a grocery store. Apparently there was a customer who asked for a WHOLE tofurkey. Either he was thinking they made tofurkey with whole turkey shaped molds, or they were raised from infancy to their adult state…bone in.

  146. O NO – “Thanks to the Supreme Being….” At Harvest Festival, we take a pumpkin or titin of Spam, which is distributed to the ‘deserving poor ‘ wether they like it or not.

  147. Um, that didn’t come out right ” we take a pumpkin or tin of spam to church”
    and I haven’t developed an interest in castrated sheep 🙂

  148. yeah, that would be so lame. who could be so dumb? not me, no way, nuh-huh, nossir, i would never imagine a turkey-shaped lump of tofu. 😳

  149. Kathleen in Canada says:

    20th vegetarian Thanksgiving here (but I had mine in October). We had pasta with homemade pumpkin sauce, fresh biscuits, salad, and homemade peanut butter pudding.

  150. Funny, I heard my name too. 😐

  151. Kathleen in Canada says:

    So are my guinea pigs who are both currently squeaking for food while facing the blank wall AWAY from the side of the cage facing me (and the door the food comes through). Two and a half years old and they still haven’t quite caught on to where the food comes from. In Peru they’d be dinner but here they get lots of cuddles from my son and most of my vegetable scraps.

  152. Kathleen in Canada says:

    Sounds like a cute goofball 🙂

  153. Kathleen in Canada says:

    Dark green leafy vegetables with vitamin C. I love my salads full of a blend of baby spinach, peppers, avocado, and tomatoes. Fortified grain products like pasta help as well. I donated blood last week and my iron levels were higher than the two meat eaters ahead of me (we discussed this over cookies after the donation LOL).

  154. SheepishKitty says:

    I ate duck instead.

  155. Bravo for at least choosing free range over factory farming. I’m so glad people are becoming more aware of where their food comes from 🙂

  156. I think farmers come in as many diverse varieties as other folk. I’m guessing some are greedy, some ignorant, some thoughtful and conscientious, some harried and in debt..

    These turkeys were on loan from farmers whose dairy cows wander in grassy rye meadows, whose chickens and geese run all over the place, and whose turkeys spend the first part of their life in the farmers kitchen under lights, and then move out to the house yard until they grow up enough to live in the big turkey pen (outside in the sun, but with shelter).

    Before they become dinner, they have the opportunity to bask in the sun, eat bugs, fight, indulge in a little lovin’, and any other behaviour that turkeys are inclined toward.

    They don’t have the option to die of old age (or be taken by a fox, or become roadkill, or… ) but neither do they fit the pumped with hormones, A.I, inhumanely treated stereo types. It’s not that I don’t believe in the nastiest of scenarios, it’s that I know there are farmers who are better stewards of their livestock. 🙂

  157. Thanks, Elizabeth B, for giving the wee turkeys their 15mins of fame. These particular ones spent hours wrapped in tissues or face cloths, snuggled by little girls. Then it was out for a run on the grass, or a play on the trampoline… and just in case you ever have a chance to borrow a baby turkey: if you put feed on a glochenspiel in the right order, they can play a tune 😛

  158. Took me three days, but I got it too, LOL!!

  159. Did they make the horse comment to be cruel, or was it just part of a conversation about meat? Intent is everything. People can’t run their every comment through a “ZOMG, who might this possible offend in any possible way” filter in casual conversation. That’s just tiresome.
    You need to toughen up a bit, otherwise the very existence of Central Asia, where horse is a *major* meat, will offend you.

  160. softie1974 says:

    Quorn IS awesome; it’s made from fungus. If you look at the ingredients list, the first thing there is mycoprotein. 🙂

  161. Why does that not apply to the weary old “I love animals ESPECIALLY EATING THEM lolrofl” baiting tactic? Is that seen as particularly constructive?

  162. Try it plain and see how delicious it is then