Did You Know? (Where to Get your Free Range Turkey)

If you haven’t yet gotten your Thanksgiving bird and prefer the organic, free range variety, there is a flock of about 20 nice healthy looking hens hanging around the Riverdale Post Office/Willow Rest area.  Here are three of them – nice looking and friendly.  You could probably coax them into your car with a little cracked corn.

BTW, did you know that Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird instead of the eagle.  I wonder how differently our nation would have evolved if he had gotten his way.  This was Ben’s take on the eagle vs. the turkey (written in a letter to his daughter Sarah):

For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.

With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District. He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country…

I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For in Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving – including these majestic birds that I’m sure will still be roaming Riverdale long after Thanksgiving is over.

E.J. Lefavour

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