Building a Whizbang Tub-Style Chicken Plucker

If you’ve ever processed a bird at home, I’m sure you agree: the de-feathering process can be time-consuming, messy pain in the ass. Even though at time of writing, I’ve processed a relatively small number of birds, I still cringe at the thought of plucking one more chicken by hand. Or, almost as bad, having to clean...


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Keeping Bourbon Red Turkeys

When planning our farm, the thought of sitting down to lunch with a fresh roast heritage turkey sandwich or celebrating a holiday feast with a tasty home-raised bird was too good to pass up. In addition to keeping chickens on our little homestead, we decided to raise turkey. There are many breeds of turkey to choose from,...


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How To Grow HOTTER Jalepeños This Year

Genetics plays the biggest part of how a pepper will taste, but did you know that the way you grow your plants also effects how they taste? We didn't. Last year we grew jalepeño peppers because, well, we love spicy food. We grew them with compost, plenty of water, everything a plant could want. They grew...


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Raising the Cornish Rock Meat Chicken (There, we did it – won’t do it again)

We started keeping chickens after one of those quick trips to TSC during their “Chick Days” a couple years back. Typical, I know, but it wasn’t without research. Before we bought our first chicks I did tons of research. I devoured every “Complete Chicken Guide” and “Top 10 Chicken Tips” article I could find – watched every chicken...


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Making room for a new fridge

The refrigerator that came with our house was, for a long time a detriment to our way of life. There was a weird condensation leak that I needed to put a dish under, the freezer was on top and it was tiny. Last June 13 (2015), we pulled the trigger on prepping the kitchen for...


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Books

If I only wanted to buy one book about keeping quail, this would be it. The Coturnix will hatch in 18 days, reaches maturity in 7 weeks...
This book is a great hip-pocket manual, for most general topics when it comes to having your own flock. I'd recommend it as a first  book, o...
When I decided I wanted to get away from store bought, potentially toxic cleaners I bought this book. It is full of recipes for cleaning j...