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College Farms are training grounds for students who want to learn about farm management, from small organic operations, to large industrial farms. C.J. Walke is the manager of Peggy Rockefeller Farms, part of The College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. He shares with us the history of the farm and specifics of its […]Read more »
Learn more about turkeys and wild turkey breeds in this excerpt from Don Schrider’s “Storey’s Guide to Raising Turkeys”. WHEN WE SPEAK OF TURKEYS, we will find some surprising diversity. Turkeys come in a range of colors and patterns, and a few different shapes as well. As we try to sort through this mix, it is […]Read more »
Our adventure in turkeys began with a simple phone call. Ten days ago, I received a phone call from a dear friend in a bit of a pickle. She had left a few days earlier on a road trip from Ohio to Colorado. She called from Topeka, Kansas in need of a favor. The […]Read more »
Since receiving my turkeys mail order 2 months ago, our turkey chicks have proven to be tough little birds. Having only 5 made it imperative that they survive and it seemed, unlike many of our Cornish Cross chicks, they were rockin’ it. The one in the photo below was always calling for attention and loved […]Read more »
So, you’ve been raising chickens for a few years and now you think its time to try your hand at turkeys? Like chickens, turkeys come in heritage, production, and ornamental breeds. There are many great choices to be made in all categories. The choice comes down to your needs and wants in a turkey. […]Read more »
Back in June of this year my husband and I purchased 3 turkeys from the local feed store. At $12 per bird we were pretty protective of the little buggers. As my better-half finally gave in and agreed to raising a few turkeys, he received the honor of naming the birds. Quite creatively he dubbed […]Read more »
In this past year of caring for chickens, ducks and turkeys my days have been filled with many first-time experiences. Over the past 5-7 years I’ve dreamed of raising chickens and have romanticized about gathering eggs each morning. After a full year of living ‘the dream’ let me share with you a summary of the […]Read more »
….they were dogs. …or possibly cats. …or even, perhaps, a boy. If you’ve followed my blog, you’ll know that my friend and I raise turkeys. They come to us as day old poults, and usually leave in time to be nicely dressed for Thanksgiving dinner. We treat these turkeys like we treat most of our […]Read more »
I have struggled with putting my words together for this post. However, I do believe that it is important to share this … to show that homesteading is not full of good times only. Homesteading is physically hard work. It can also be emotionally hard. In dealing with this, my emotions have been all over […]Read more »
While the turkeys were living all snug in their brooder for the first 7 to 8 weeks of their life, we were getting everything ready for them outside. Getting started with turkeys has taken a lot of time, but we are hoping that going forward, the majority of the work is done. Using scrap and […]Read more »