Someone once asked me why I love poultry. In fair truth I don’t know. It seems this feeling has always been there. At the age of five I remember going to the Trow Farm and seeing 5,000 Bronze Turkeys. It was then I fell in love with heritage birds.
Raising these animals is my labor of love. When I was eleven I entered my Jersey Black Giant Chickens and won at our county fair and I got to take them to the Kansas State Fair. At the fair I saw my first Standard Bronze, Black Spanish, Royal Palm, Narragansett, White Holland and Bourbon Red Turkeys. I also met “Norman Kardosh, the “Turkey Man” of the poultry world, who became a good friend and teacher. He shared his vast knowledge with me and I realized I wanted to start my own flock. I bought my first trio of birds from Norman in the 50’s and have maintained and improved the flock for over the years. These are the oldest continuous strains of standard-bred heritage birds in North America. My birds breed on their own, lay well, and are good mothers. As I grow older my main concern is what is going to happen to these beautiful and magnificent heritage birds.
Farmer & Owner
Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch