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I have a wonderful blend of Gold Sex Links, White Leghorn, Plymouth Barred Rocks, Red Lace Wyandotte and Rhode Island Red hens. My most precious rooster Sir Eggs Benedict is a beautiful Americana. I also have 6 ducks of various breeds including Pekin, Blue Swedish and Top Hats. Most recently I have had fortune of adding some incubated mixed-breed chicks to the mix!
A year ago my husband and I, both in our mid-40's, decided that life was entirely too short and we should live our lives doing some of the things we had always dreamed of. For him it was a house with land and shop to work on trucks. For me, it was all about having time to write, growing large gardens and raising animals to include ducks, chickens, goats and so on. In a nutshell, I wanted to be more self-sufficient and put my own food on my plate. During this first year I've been fortunate enough to share my experience with friends and family through my blog site. What a learning curve it has been! While I've learned a lot about rearing my first flock the experience is a never ending process. Becoming more self-sufficient doesn't just mean we collect eggs to eat, it will also require expanding into meat birds, butchering and raising other various species of poultry. I'm hoping our experiences here on the farm will encourage more people to seek changes in their lives and by reading my novice perspective they will find the courage to raise, grow and preserve food of their own.
Since receiving my turkeys mail order 2 months ago, our turkey chicks have proven to be tough little birds. Having only 5 made it imperative that they survive and it seemed, unlike many of our Cornish Cross chicks, they were rockin’ it. The one in the photo below was always calling for attention and loved […]Read more »
We all like to spoil ourselves with undeniably tasty treats from time to time, so why would it be any different for our chicken & poultry flocks? Here on 25 Acres, we like products that can easily be stored in the coop year round. While nutrition is key, treats can also be a great tool […]Read more »
If you are looking for a turkey recipe that isn’t in the style of a traditional Thanksgiving turkey, I have got just the thing for you! After raising 3 turkeys last year, I challenged myself to come up with something new and usable, like lunch meat. I found numerous recipes online but they all seemed […]Read more »
This coming June will be 2 years since starting my first flock of chicken(s) here on 25 Acres. Even though there has been a slow down to the number of “firsts” I’m experiencing, it still doesn’t make it any less shocking when weird things happen. Recently, I started supplementing the chicken dust bathing area with […]Read more »
It is a common occurrence in egg-laying-chickendom that hens slow down or cease laying eggs in winter. Shorter days resulting in less daylight would make anyone sluggish and long to take a break from the daily grind. If you have a strong reliance on eggs, this season in a hen’s life can be worrisome. However, […]Read more »
Over the past couple of years I’ve grown to love a few products that help simplify and improve how I care for my flock. From ducks to turkeys to chickens, I found what works best and a few others that weren’t worth the money spent. Hopefully through our trial and error here on 25 Acres, […]Read more »
Whether you harvest ducks from the wild or directly from your farm, this duck recipe will give you something to cheer about! The same duck combination can be used to create two tummy warming meals. BASIC DUCK MIXTURE RECIPE 4 Duck Breast (aka the breasts of 2 ducks) 1 Large Onion 2 Stalks Celery 1 […]Read more »
I came up with this beginner level Heavy Duty Feed Sack Tote because my seamstress skills leave a lot to be desired! I’ll admit, as crafty and creative as I try to be, I just can’t get a handle on sewing a straight line. This is an easy project, perfect for repurposing your pile of […]Read more »
Altering your chicken’s living environment and even seasonal boredom can bring with it some unforeseen side effects, including a sour crop. Finding do-it-yourself solutions can help avoid expensive veterinary calls or losing your bird as a result of this disease. My first experience with this issue was quite interesting. One bird’s case included an added […]Read more »
A long winter certainly makes it difficult for chickens to forage, free range and frolic. Snowy confinement combined with frigid temps can exacerbate boredom that can quickly turn into pecking or other bad habits. As we head into the early stages of winter, I know I need to be creative in order to keep 18 […]Read more »