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In my recent post “How to Prepare for Successful Chick Brooding,” I shared my method of providing heat when brooding our first batch of baby chicks. We used a heat lamp and successfully raised those heritage breed hens. We are reaping the rewards every day when collecting fresh eggs from the nest boxes. When we […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell We gather a lot of eggs around here. We have 42 hens, and on a good day, it’s not out of the question to collect 42 eggs, but for the most part, our daily average is around 26. This number changes depending on many factors, including the number of hens we have […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols This is a great time of a year for a free-range chicken: The spring garden hasn’t been planted, so the garden, yard and flower beds are all open for foraging and scratching … without a fence or barrier in sight! This is also a great time to announce the winner of the […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell In Part 3 of my incubation series, I’d like to start out by giving some tips and sharing some experience I’ve had with different styles of incubators. I’ve worked with a few different types in the past, and my favorites by far are the incubators made by Brinsea. We have four of […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell I hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween! Ours was rather low-key. Bought tons of Halloween candy to give away, but no trick-or-treaters at the new house. I had my doubts to begin with (we’re pretty rural out here), but better to be safe than sorry. I don’t feel too […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell We are three-quarters of the way through the Purina See the Difference 60 Day Challenge and I thought I would share some of the things I’ve been noticing around the farm. We are growing some really beautiful animals this year at Iron Oak Farm. The biggest difference I’ve seen with our chickens […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Do your chickens do the Checkerboard? Mine do, well, they will be over the next 60 days. I am excited and proud to announce that Iron Oak Farm is taking the Purina 60 Day See The Difference Challenge! We love our chickens! I love watching them grow and develop into beautiful birds, […]Read more »
Lands at Hillside Farms visit by Kimberly Furry We all have been busy thinking and talking about the chickens. The girls checked out pictures online of various breeds. Ara loves Silkies, as do I. We saw them on one of our fall ventures to the Lands at Hillside Farms. Silkies have amazing temperaments, according to […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Here’s a quick question for all of you chicken keepers. Do you know what your chickens were doing around midnight? I do and I have the pictures to prove it. No, I’m not spending my evenings in the coop trying to catch my birds in action. I’m leaving that job to the […]Read more »