Category Archives: Chickens

Ethel takes on lodgers. . .

Last night I went out at sunset to lock up the various flocks.  Ethel and the household flock are nearest to the house so they were first.  They were already inside up on the roosting bar.  All I needed to … Continue reading

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Owls

It’s 726pm, I’ve just finished evening chores. Locked up Ethel and her household flock. Chased one of the turkey munchkins until I caught it, it was out of the fence you see. Locked up the turkeys in their mobile. Locked up … Continue reading

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Friday night improv at the farm

We bought a batch of “barnyard mix” chickens earlier this year, meaning there were a few different breeds of roosters mixing with a few different breeds of hens, and you can probably guess the rest of the story.  We are … Continue reading

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The Broiler Boys

One more week to go for the broiler boys.  Then they are off to Mineral Springs Poultry and back home in bags for the freezer. . .

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New raptors

They birds were a bit upset about these raptors that kept flying around the pasture. . .It is Hillsboro International Airshow time again.  The Blue Angels started practice and then performed their shows, each time flying out and around us! … Continue reading

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Eggmobile #1: It’s hip to be square…

… and even hipper to be cubed!  Our laying flock now has a 6′ x 6′ x 6′ eggmobile so they can be out on pasture and get fresh grass. Our plan is to rotate them on the pasture, inside … Continue reading

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New poultry waterers

Barney is modeling our new poultry waterers.  They hold 5 gallons, seem sturdy, and put the water at a comfortable level for the birds.  Having the water off the ground also helps keep dirt and muck out, but it’s been … Continue reading

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BIG eggs

All the birds are laying now, so we have eggs in small, medium, and large: chicken (the multi-colored ones), turkey (the speckled ones), and goose (the ginormous ones).  We’re not letting the geese brood goslings this year because all the … Continue reading

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Excellent method for cooking a cockerel

We cooked our third cockerel (young rooster), and are completely pleased with the results.  I roasted the first one, and the dark meat was pretty tough because the cockerels were 6 months old at processing time.  The second time, I … Continue reading

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Winner, winner, rooster dinner

We cooked one of the roosters today.  I decided to roast it, even though he was six months old, because I had read said that heritage birds are still tender at six months.  Not so much.  Everything tasted great, but … Continue reading

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