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by Jennifer Sartell Photos by author Spring has sprung here at Iron Oak Farm and we are bursting at the seams with new life and exciting ventures. As a child I remember the cold months dragging on in a seemingly unending dreariness. I would yearn to plant something, play in the dirt and soak up […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Chicken eggs incubate for 21 days. To an anxious chicken addict, this can prove to be the hardest part of rearing chicks. Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do to rush Mother Nature, so I heed the lesson of patience and try to keep myself busy. Depending on the incubator you have, […]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 Blue Laced Red Wyandotte Pullet (Blue Variety) This post is the second in my Incubation Series. In the first post, Incubating Advantages, I discussed some of the advantages and disadvantages of incubating your own hatching eggs. One of the advantages that I’d like to discuss further is that home incubating allows more […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell It’s that season again! Pictures of baby chicks are popping up all over my Facebook Farm Page, as fellow bloggers, homesteaders, and chicken enthusiasts share images of their new little peepers. It’s an exciting day when chicks arrive, whether they come from a store, a breeder, through the post, a broody hen, […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Photos by the author My husband, Zach, and I recently moved from my parents’ house in the woods to a 14-acre farm. Some people move in a weekend, some over a week or so. Our move was a 2-month undertaking, where we hauled four goats, three rabbits, 40 chickens, a small barn, […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Photos by author It’s so great to be back and blogging again! Just before Thanksgiving, my computer took a nose dive and I couldn’t access any of my image files, I couldn’t download my camera, and worst of all, I couldn’t share all the exciting things that happened at our first Christmas […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Photos by author We recently gave our chicken coop a flooring renovation. Our coop floor is constructed of 3/4″ plywood. When we originally built the coop I gave it a good two or three coatings of shellac, hoping that would protect the wood floor and act as somewhat of a barrier against […]Read more »
by Kimberly Furry Photos by author It’s been a while since our last blog entry, but an exciting new chapter in the Furry household unfurls as I write! The countdown has begun. In roughly 14 days, we will hear the peeping of little chicks. (The gestation period for chicken eggs is 21 days.) We have […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Photos by author Zach and I were married a couple years ago and we honeymooned along the East Coast. One of the most delicious places we visited was Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Lancaster is one of the largest Amish settlements in the country. And my-oh-my is the food amazing! Everywhere you go there is […]Read more »