I tend to gravitate toward heirloom anything, and that includes animals. Bourbon Red Turkeys fall into this category. They came out of the Kentucky Bluegrass Region known as Bourbon County in the late 1800's and are known for their rich flavor. Yes, we eat our turkeys. But until that time comes, they're free to roam the property, gobbling up grass-hoppers, worms, and any other critter that crossed their paths. They wander through my gardens and fields, as natural as can be--although graceful wouldn't be the best way to describe them. They tend to be somewhat awkward, and they certainly forget their manners come feeding time. Despite that, they live the good life for as long as they're here. Which is my goal for all the animals on our homestead--and for me and my family, too!
I love farm animals. There are plenty of good reasons for this: they provide food, income, fertilizer, pest and weed control...they can even till my garden for me! But what I really love is having odd farm animals just wandering around. I like to just sit and watch them happily scratch, root, or strut about--doing whatever comes natural to them. Sometimes it gets a little crazy, but they're such a big part of the homestead equation, I can't imagine not having them.