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Pastured, free range turkey

Turkeys are curious, social creatures.  We enjoy having them around the barnyard every spring and summer.  They gobble, strut, and puff their feathers into impressive display. This year’s batch of turkeys liked to follow the horses around the pasture, almost as if they believed they were part of the same herd.  It is always bittersweet to dispatch turkeys.  Sweet that…

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Current animals on the farm

We are officially on summer break, which means we have more time to just lollygag around the barnyard.  Between all the animals and the mud puddles, the girls can play until the sun goes down.  Good times! Our barnyard is ever evolving as far as animals go. Here is a brief breakdown of what we currently have: 5 baby turkeys,…

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Rooster Noodle Soup

Remember that sneaky rooster?  The one who hid his boy characteristics until after we processed the last batch of roosters?  One day, the sneaky rooster ran into the back of my leg.  It didn’t hurt, but it was the first time he tried to show his dominance.  A few weeks went by and sure enough, the rooster ran into hubby’s…

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Should I get chickens?

Here are the common questions I hear when friends ask about raising their own chickens. Q:  How much work is it? A:  Chickens are low maintenance.  We let them out of their coop every morning by opening the door.  Easy.  We sprinkle some grain on the ground for them in the mornings and evenings.  Easy.  We shut the coop…

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Fodder-One way to spoil your livestock in the winter

Fodder is a fancy way of saying food for livestock.  Since we are in the middle of winter and there is no grass growing, we are growing some fodder inside our house.  Strangely, hubby thinks this is a fun hobby.  He has some shelving set up with a few containers.  He starts by putting grain, like wheat or barley, in…

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Turkeys have been dispatched

WARNING-Graphic image below! Y’all.  Turkeys.  We had those birds on our farm for six months. Those birds were very curious and friendly.  It was hard to say goodbye.  It was even more difficult to dispatch them.  They better taste good on Thanksgiving. You can read all you want about butchering an animal but I am here to tell you…

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Bird butchering party?!

It is about time to send some of our birds to the freezer.  We’ve got one turkey and a few roosters available. We are charging for each bird and then you can either join us on butchering day to dress your own bird or you can pay us extra to do it for you. The turkey is $35 and…

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Poultry Princess

Meet the Poultry Princess.  She loves the birds!   At any given time she may be holding a turkey, duck, or chicken.   She squills in delight when she finds a new egg in the hen coop. The more eggs, the louder she celebrates.  She taught me how to not be afraid when letting the hens eat out of your hand.  She’ll even collect…

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Butchering Chickens

Warning:  If you don’t want to see pictures of butchered chickens, don’t scroll down!  Consider yourself warned. I knew this day would come.  The day we would need to cull an animal.  These birds were Cornish hen crosses and grew exponentially faster than our other birds.  They are known to get so large they die of heart attacks.  We…

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Eggs and Bacon-farm fresh!

We collected our million dollar egg on a Wednesday.  Friday, we got our second egg and picked up our meat from the butcher.  That left no choice for breakfast on Saturday morning. I popped out of bed and ran down to the kitchen to fry up our first homegrown breakfast.  The eggs were small, but so full of flavor! …

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