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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 »
Ever think about raising a turkey or two? You know, for a holiday meal? Broad breasted turkeys are similar to what you find at the grocery store. The ‘broad breast’ meat makes them ideal for special feasts. Raised on our own land, knowing what they eat, how they are housed, and that they have a […]Read more »
Early in August of this year, I wrote about my new adventure as a turkey farmer. The first few days were spent watching the tiny birds adapt to their environment under brooder lights. I learned a lot… you can read about some of the things I learned in those first weeks HERE. Days and […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson I am adding to my vocabulary as I continue to learn more and more about turkeys. Wattle: No, it’s not a gait similar to a duck’s, and in this case, wattle does not mean the branches or twigs that are interwoven to make a fence. In the poultry world, a wattle is […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Not so very long ago, I wrote about my first week experiences as a new “parent” to turkeys. My, how they grow. At almost six weeks, they are feathered, looking like turkeys, and ready to chase bugs in the yard. They are still eating starter feed, but they’ll begin eating […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson One week as a turkey rancher. Wrangler? Farmer? Mostly…watcher. Just as I do when there are new chicken peeps under the heat lamp in the garage, I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time sitting in the lawn chair pulled up next to the little turkey pen. […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Photos by author 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 […]Read more »
by Suzanne Roark Photos by author Every year it seems like we are behind the eight ball when it comes to getting ready for the winter. It’s not like we don’t know winter is coming and what we’re in for, we just always seem to get caught up in other things. So you can image […]Read more »