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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 Burcke Thanksgiving is in full swing here at 1840 Farm. Three generations of my family will gather around our farmhouse table today to enjoy a delicious collection of family favorites. There will be a wonderful selection of traditional dishes like mashed potatoes and our favorite artichoke and sage dressing. I will also make […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell This month’s story takes us to Kathy Bopps beautiful coop in Pulaski, VA. But before we head to Virginia, I thought I would share some interesting facts about how y’all prefer your turkey. The Community Chicken readers have spoken, and it looks as though most of you will be enjoying a brined, […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell 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 you’ve been following […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Well, the deed is done. Just as hard as I expected … just as hard as the year before. If you read my post from last week Thankful for Turkeys, you’ll know we were processing some of our turkeys and chickens this past weekend. The day started out cold and solemn. Our […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell 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 retail world, the […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Turkeys are amazing. This has been our first year raising these beautiful, large birds and I must say I’ve learned a lot! When we first decided to raise turkeys, I thought they would be like big chickens. And granted, many things about their care are similar. But the personality of a turkey, […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell I opened the garden gate the other day with a little tinge of sadness. I wasn’t going in to pick a delicious fruit or vegetable, but instead, rallied the chickens toward the door. The rusty horseshoe that we found while plowing has kept the gate closed to the chickens and other prairie […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell When I received the photos of Dickie Bird Farm, it was the rural ambiance that attracted me to this entry. The rich monotone browns of the barn wood and the sunlight through the chinks in the boards gives it an almost candlelit glow. Our barn is like this, and you can see […]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 »