No more freezin

Well, it looks like the weather has finally turned. Winter is (if merely writing these words) headed out the door …

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Evolution of a chicken feeder

We’ve been searching for a good chicken feeder solution while the chickens are out on pasture.  Sure, we’ve been using …

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Broilers: Scaling, Efficiency and Other Excuses

I wanted to believe that Joel Salatin’s chicken-raising method would work for us.  We started out with some pens we …

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Mega-waterer v2.0 cold weather update

We’ve been through a good old-fashioned Minnesota cold snap in the past week and a slight problem arose with the …

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’15 Turkeys

After the great turkey massacre of 2013 we were unenthusiastic about delving back into turkeys.  We were busy enough with …

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Piglet gone wrong

Warning, this blog post is about a necropsy of a deceased piglet, which includes pictures. If this sort of thing …

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Replacement Gilt Blues

I decided to keep a few replacement gilts (young lady pigs) this spring.  I sorted out two of the best …

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The Great Farrowing Disaster of 2014

So about two weeks ago we had three pigs lined up to farrow their first litters. Hooray! Until we realized …

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The Turkeys: 2013

The turkeys were the one unequivocal flop on the farm this year.  Not everything can be a rousing success the …

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Thanks for the Turkey

The water in the scalder was heating up.  The water was on, the plucker was ready, the knives, bags and …

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