About Caveny Farm

Management intensive grazing of poultry was a novel idea when John Caveny began several years ago. He selected for varieties that could thrive out of enclosed buildings on pasture and that - this is important - taste good! Bourbon Red Turkeys are our mainstay. There is variety in heritage breeds since they had diversified uses historically. Several factors were considered as we choose a breed but the major question was – are they the best to eat? Outstanding heritage poultry is a function of breed, feed and environment. Our birds are raised in pastures with no hormones or antibiotics. All of our poultry are fed custom formulated feed to compliment the nutrients found in our pastures.

Caveny Farm also raises Katahdin sheep because rotating poultry and sheep over the pastures optimizes grass, reduces weeds and improves soil health. Healthy pastures yield healthy animals.

John Caveny’s core farming activity is growing grass and advancing the value of grass that he grows. His experience spans more than 40 years with a focus on grass and animal based agricultural production systems that produce food and energy. John is a "practical conservationist." He believes farm and ranch land should be "working land" instead of "retired land." It can be managed to make money from both core enterprises and from ecosystem services. To learn more, visit http://www.agricarbon.com.

John with grandson Matthew, monitoring the turkeys. Picture by Jeffrey Noble
John and his wife, Connie, live on the farm near Monticello in Piatt County, Illinois, where they graze sheep and poultry. John and Connie are the primary workers with seasonal assistance from their two grown daughters, son-in-laws and now grandsons. Both children were farm raised and trade their labor a share of the harvest.

We are pleased to receive American Humane Association (AHA) certification and hope our customers are too. Certification requires an annual on-farm audit by the AHA. Birds must be raised with proper shelter, access to food and fresh water, comfortable resting areas, sufficient space and the ability to express normal behavior among other requirements. Caveny Farm scored 99 out of 100, validating our practices over the last ten years. The single recommendation was a log of visitors to "production areas", i.e., pasture or brooder house, for biosecurity. Caveny Farm undertook this fee-based certification in part to comply with requirements by farmers markets.

The American Humane Association created the first welfare certification program in the United States to ensure the humane treatment of farm animals. The American Humane® Certified program provides third-party, independent verification that certified producers' care and handling of farm animals meet the science-based animal welfare standards of the American Humane Association.

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Heritage Poultry


Preorder Caveny Farm Bourbon Red turkeys for pickup before Thanksgiving or Christmas. All turkeys are pre-sold. No additional birds are available at pickup. Processing is done at an inspected plant in an Amish community. All turkeys are processed shortly before pickup and delivered flash-frozen for peak flavor.

Good News or Bad News

The facility processing our turkeys (and much of the turkeys raised by small Illinois farmers) will not clean gizzards. This is good news for those not using the extra bits stuck in the bird as they no longer pay for them. It is bad news for giblet gravy lovers but outside our control.

Purchase a Bird Now

Caveny Farm delivers to select local & Chicago farmer’s markets for pickup for the holidays. Or choose on-farm pickup and get a $12 credit per bird! Order your Heritage turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas now before some sizes sell out!

Smoked Turkey

Smoked Caveny Farm Bourbon Red Turkey is now better than ever. The “cure” is now a vegetable juice one yielding a fully cooked, delicious and more natural bird. Just thaw and it is ready to serve. Impressive and easy on a holiday buffet!

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