We have had poultry at the farm before we had a farm really, Matt fell in love with the ducklings at the local TSC and of course had to bring a six pack of them home (Rouens).  He ended up with 5 drakes and a single girl :)  Pretty rare for our female populated home!  Time went on and the original six turned to 19 after a few were dropped off/rescued.  They enjoy our pond and in return lay wonderful eggs (the additional 13 are mostly females).  
    Shortly after the ducks were brought in we picked up some chicks from a local farm, we enjoy their eggs regularly and are very grateful for the entertainment they provide roaming around the barnyard.  Our poultry is all free range in the warmer months but in the dead of winter with negative temperatures we house them in the barn with lots of hay and protection from predators.     
     The whole farm began for two reasons:
1) I've always wanted to be a farmer.  I had toy tractors and plastic farm animals that I would house in custom built cardboard box barns.  I love animals (so much that I haven't eaten one in 18 years, I'm only 30 so that decision came at a young age :).
2) I have two awesome little girls that I want to do right by in every way possible, clean air, room to run, instill work ethic and most importantly feed healthy foods.
    That second part is the reason we are growing our own veggies and hopefully fruits this year, and is also why we are going to raise meat birds this year.  I knew right away I wanted to raise turkeys on pasture.  I have sheep so I figured it would be a natural rotation to pasture the turkeys behind the sheep.  Turkeys are an animal I have never really wanted to be around, they are fairly ugly imho, and I would think if anything I can raise for meat, humanely, and butcher it would be them.  They will be fed a GMO free food and pastured to ensure their over all health and happiness.  In turn they will provide healthy food for my girls, and Matt, (the omnivores in the house :)  
    After an awesome pastured poutlry webinar I watched yesterday I was inspired to perhaps try my hand at chickens as well.  Chicks are less expensive and raised properly with the same great food I will be able to raise more in the same amount of space and be able to offer them to the local community.  I feel like there are very few healthy, anitbiotic and GMO free food options in the community.  And if even on a small scale I'd love to offer that to like minded people (especially parents like me).
    I'm sure it won't be easy in the beginning to send the first batch off to meet their maker, but I'm hoping I will be able to do it right for all involved, not name them, and fall in love with them as I do most critters, and serve them for dinner with pride and gratitude.