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Paying it Backward

September 7, 2013
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This morning we got the opportunity to do something we haven’t done in a while–almost a year, in fact. We went to a local farm and helped out on butchering day. I gotta say, butchering day at someone else’s house was way easier than I remembered it at our place. Maybe because Angela had breakfast…

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6 Reasons to Use Manure as Fertilizer

April 19, 2013
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6 Reasons to Use Manure as Fertilizer

Spring is here, and it is a great time to start a garden. If nothing else, you have to at least put in some tomato plants because nothing beats a fresh-picked tomato on a warm summer day. But I digress… Manure as Fertilizer Good soil yields great crops, so if you want to have the…

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Do You Really Need a Rooster?

April 9, 2013
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Do You Really Need a Rooster?

People often ask us if we need a rooster in order for our chickens to lay eggs. The short answer is no.  A rooster is needed if you want fertile eggs, but chickens will lay eggs whether there is a rooster present or not. Why Keep a Rooster? About half of the chicks who hatch…

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Build a Hoop House for Versatile Small Farm Shelter

April 7, 2013
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Build a Hoop House for Versatile Small Farm Shelter

One of the first structures we built for the farm was a hoop house. Our reasoning was simple: We needed a place to house our chickens, and our budget was limited. Since we also had a goal to make our shelters portable, the hoop house was the perfect solution for our needs. Hoop House Construction…

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The Taming of the Stew

October 3, 2012
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The Taming of the Stew

I recently posted that we are in the process of butchering stew hens around here. Filling the freezer is useless unless we have a purpose for the hens. A regular chicken you would eat for meat was raised–depending on where you bought it–for about 6-12 weeks. If you bought a bird from the grocery store,…

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Sicilian Buttercup Stew

October 1, 2012
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Sicilian Buttercup Stew

Today is the first day in October, and despite the fact that it hit nearly 100 degrees today, I am determined to celebrate fall. And, like all celebrations, this one involves food. Over the next month, we’re going to be butchering older hens to use as stew hens. We got a great start on Saturday…

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DIY Chicken Incubator

June 6, 2012
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DIY Chicken Incubator

Brian and I have often talked about incubating eggs here at home in order to hatch our own poultry. Funny thing, though, with two off-farm jobs, six kids at home, and the farm itself to run, we haven’t managed to find the time to add egg incubation to the mix. So we get our little…

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Thinking Like the Chickens–The Day After

June 3, 2012
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Yesterday I posted about our efforts to provide more of what the chickens want so they would stay where we want them. On Day 1 of the experiment, I can say that we had a lot of success on all fronts. First, the chickens stayed in, for the most part. I put a few in…

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Thinking Like the Chickens

June 2, 2012
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Thinking Like the Chickens

We’ve done it. We spent the last couple days trying to think like the chickens. I guess that makes us birdbrains. You see, the past few weeks, we’ve had increasing trouble with chickens getting out of their pasture. There are a few reasons for this. Some of those reasons are our fault, some are just…

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Beer Grain as Animal Feed

May 31, 2012
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Beer Grain as Animal Feed

Thanks to a local brewery, we have a great source of nutrition for our animals. We call it beer grain, it also goes by the name brewer’s grains and spent grain  as well as other similar terms. The beer grain we get is the end result of the brew process. Once the brewer is finished brewing, he has…

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