Pleasant Valley, Utah – “You want to be safe?” asked the owner of Pleasant Valley Farm.
“You’re going to be safer here,” he added.
The owners of the farm were in the midst of a massive flock of ducks, geese, chickens and turkeys that they were expecting to sell to a New York-based poultry company.
But after more than three months of waiting, the ducks, chickens, geysers and turrets were finally released.
The ducks and geese were released in the middle of the night in an area close to the property line of the dairy farm, and the turkeys were released at 10am, just before a snowstorm had fallen.
“We are a small, quiet farm, but it’s a large flock of birds,” said the farm’s owner, Chris Leavitt, a retired mechanical engineer.
The birds were being released to the public for a few hours to avoid crowds.
“There are a lot of people on the road here,” Leavitty said.
“They’ll probably make a big noise, and we want to make sure they don’t, so we don’t have to wait for people to get on the roads.”
A flock of geese at the farm.
Image copyright Facebook/Leavitt FarmChris Leavitte, owner of the Pleasantville Farm, has been on the fence for nearly three months.
He is a retired mechanic who worked on a number of the farms in his career, including the one that he owns.
He said he has had a number a security guards on duty at the fence, and that he has not seen any problems with the birds.
“If you don’t do it right, they’re going up to you, they’ll be chasing you, and they’re not going to let you go,” he said.
The farm is about 1,000 kilometres (800 miles) north-west of Salt Lake City.
“It’s been an incredible experience,” said Leavittle, who had hoped to sell the ducks and turns to a turkey processor.
“I really don’t understand how anyone can take their safety and security so seriously, especially in a place like this.”‘
You’re not getting in trouble for it’The farm owner said he would take any requests from anyone who wanted to buy the birds, and he had already received dozens of emails from people wanting to purchase them.
“You’re a good citizen, so you’re not coming into this farm and saying, ‘I want to buy this duck and I want to take it to the processing plant’,” Leavititt said.’
You can be a little bit of a pest’The ducks, which weigh between 50 and 100 kilograms, were all sold in large crates to people who wanted them for their ducks, he said, adding that he was hoping to sell a couple of dozen of them.
He hoped that a company would be interested in buying the birds for him.
“The birds are worth a lot more than just money.
They’re beautiful animals,” he explained.”
People can buy these for a very, very nice price, and you can be kind of a little pest, but you’re still a good, hardworking person.”
Leavitte said that if he received any requests for more than 20 turkeys, he would consider it.
“One person bought two turkeys and they are beautiful, and I would consider that an awesome donation,” he told Al Jazeera.
“Some people have bought turkeys for the ducks.
I think the ducks are worth about $100 each.”‘
I would be glad to give a duck to anybody’But Leavitto said that he would not sell any more turkeys to people.
“That’s a personal decision,” he acknowledged.
“My job is to protect the birds.”
The duck farm at Pleasant Valley farm.
The owner of Leaviterve is hoping that a poultry processor will buy some of the ducks from him, and if they do, he will donate the birds to the farmer for the farm to sell.
“Our ducks have been here a long time,” he lamented.
“What I’m looking for is some good ducks to buy, and then to take the birds and give them to people.”