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by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm I have a goal this year. And that goal it to increase our turkey flock. We chose a heritage breed of turkeys because I wanted a breed that could sustain itself year to year after we harvested the birds that we plan to eat. Turkey poults are expensive […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell I’ve been brooding chicks on and off for the past 19 years. And it is a wonderful experience! One that I look forward to every year. I’ve been known to sit cross legged for hours watching our sweet little birds gently poke around, nod off to sleep in a hilarious instant and […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke It’s winter in New England at 1840 Farm. The temperature has dropped and snowflakes were falling when I walked from the farmhouse to the coop this morning. It’s only a matter of time before my least favorite harbinger of winter will appear. I know that any day now, I’ll open the coop’s […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell The other day I was at the grocery store. I hate grocery shopping, so I always make a list so I can get what I need and get out of there as fast as possible. Sometimes I feel like grocery shopping is like bumper boats with shopping carts, only you have to […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols July 2012 will go down as one of the warmest and driest months on record for much of America–including my Southwest Missouri coop. During this epic drought and heat, the importance of providing your flock with access to clean cool water is more critical than ever. Record temperatures, high humidity and dry […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols Missouri is similar to much of the country in the fact that we are into our third year of summer heat and drought. In fact, the drought now covers around 60 percent of the continental United States, the largest area since the epic droughts of the 1930s and 1950s. Scorched fields have forced many farmers to […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols It’s hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk! It’s so hot the chickens are laying hard-boiled eggs! There’s always some element of truth in many of the old folklore sayings, and with the record high temperatures we’ve had across the Midwest, I’ve been tempted to crack open an egg outside and test the […]Read more »