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by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm Our Black Spanish turkey hens have started laying. Every couple days I’m greeted with a few random eggs scattered in different parts of the floor of the turkey house. Only recently have they decided on a community spot and started laying in one corner of the coop. I’m […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Being a chicken keeper for almost half my life has left me with a a rather interesting variety of poultry knowledge. Terms like wattle, spur and comb fly off the tongue as easily as head, shoulders, knees and toes. While a lot of raising turkeys is similar to raising chickens, turkeys are […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Photos by author I thought I liked chickens… until I raised turkeys. And while chickens will always have a special place in my heart, if I had one piece of advise to give to people who are wondering if they should raise turkeys, my answer would be YES! They are wonderful! If […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Photos by author I’ve heard it said that Thanksgiving is loosing it’s value as a holiday. In retail stores, it’s smashed between the ram sacked clearance isles of Halloween candy, unworn costumes and the new glitter of Christmas items that sweep the shopping centers seemingly overnight. But like most things in the […]Read more »
by Herman Beck-Chenoweth, J. R. Smyth Jr. and B.C. Wentworth Turkeys are so fascinating, fast and large that Benjamin Franklin suggested that the turkey would be suitable as our national bird. “I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country,” Franklin wrote. “He is a bird of bad moral […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Photos by author It was a difficult decision to decide to raise our own heritage turkeys. These nine little poults are the first animals that we’ve raised with the sole purpose of harvesting for meat. And while I’m not a vegetarian, I’m still having some emotional issues bridging the gap between cute […]Read more »
by Suzanne Roark Photos by author Thinking of raising up a turkey for Thanksgiving or any other holiday or for any day really? Here are a few bits of advice and knowledge I’ve picked up in my experiences with turkeys. Just a few short years ago the choices for the average person to have a […]Read more »
Guest post by Candice I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve blogged! We’ve had an unusually fine fall and I’ve been madly trying to get the garden beds all tidy and neat for spring. Unfortunately, most of the fine days were days I was working. Still, I managed to get most of it […]Read more »