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by Jennifer Sartell Photos by author Grilling season is upon us! And what better way to make use of your outdoor cooking space than homemade sausage! Making chicken sausage is fun and easy, and a great way to utilize home-raised chickens that might be a little on the tough side. In my post Tough Meat, […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Photos by author Making your own chicken sausage can be an interesting project, and a healthy alternative to store-bought meat. Especially when the process starts in your own backyard! I made this recipe a few years ago after we processed chickens for the first time. That year we owned 15 roosters and […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Photos by author 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 […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Photos by author One of my favorite types of articles to read in magazines like Grit, Mother Earth News or here on Community Chickens are posts about different styles of chicken coops. It’s fascinating to see how each family takes a different approach to housing their animals. Whether it’s a collection of […]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 Jennifer Sartell Photos by author One of the bittersweet things about raising ducks, specifically pekins, is that they grow SO fast. Ducklings are so adorable, and while my heart melts when they’re little, I’m not sad to get the brooders out of the house after they’ve grown. Our brooding time was about a third […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Photos by author French Black Copper Maran Chicks Right now at Iron Oak Farm, we have baby everything! Baby chicks, baby ducks, baby goats, and even a puppy! It can be a challenge coordinating all the needs of these growing animals at once, but it’s a job that I cherish and wouldn’t […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell I’m glad to see that so many of you are enjoying my post Turn Eggs into Lace! In response to the enthusiasm you’ve shown in the form of e-mails, comments on my Facebook Page and here on Community Chickens, I thought I would do a follow-up blog showing some more examples, and […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Photos by author Our neighbor stopped by the other day and surprised us with the prospect of incubating a few of his fertile goose eggs! Many a morning you can find me sitting on the front porch in the rocker, with a cup of coffee, just watching the geese. I marvel at […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Photos by author The year after I got my first chickens, my dad told me that I had proven myself responsible with the care of our birds and that I could add a few more to our flock. How quickly the spring sunshine and collecting your first egg can cloud your mind […]Read more »