Russian Orloff which is a breed I'd never seen before. According to reviews from owners they have a lot of the traits we're looking for. All of them actually, which is a very nice thing for a free rooster. They're hearty, active, good foragers, and the hens go broody. The challenge with them is they're hard to source, and that means that in some cases the lines are inbred, or small. We don't know what strain we'll be looking at until we meet him.
On the turkey side of things, getting a hen is going to be something we may have to relegate to the future, and more to the point something we're going to just have to stay alert for because they're Expensive. They're not like, buy a car expensive, but given our financial situation buying a hen for $75 - $100 is a bit steep for us given that we'd probably need to buy at least two hens. What we're going to be doing is keeping an eye out to take in ones that are getting given away or sold for low cost by people getting out of turkeys. I had no idea that the cost of a turkey hen would be nearly the cost that we're seeing. It makes sense now that I think about it, but definitely a learning experience. Given that cost we're going to be doing our research on turkeys, and looking to buy either exactly what we want for the higher price, or compromise and find something more in the $15 - $25 or free range.
The temperatures are more consistently dropping into the very cold range, so I'm going to not be surprised if we start seeing snow shortly. That's a good reminder that I need to do some pre use service on the snow blower! Getting caught out and having to shovel would be no fun.