Growing protein: keeping chickens for meat

Reality check time! When we started to think about raising poultry, I had the misconception that a chicken is a chicken is a chicken. They come in different colors but it's the same bird, right? LOL. There are many many breeds of chicken each with different traits. I've since learned that the modern meat chicken, sometimes called a "broiler" or "cornish x", is...
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Getting started canning

Before this year, I had never canned anything. The process seemed complex, and like a lot of work. That, and we didn't have any food to put in a can, until our hard work in the garden started to pay off. Once it was harvest time though, the kitchen was quickly flooded with much more fresh produce than we can eat, and we had to do something quick. We started preserving our c...
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Hatching Eggs At Home

In addition to being a cheaper way to stock your flock, hatching eggs yourself is pretty easy and a lot of fun. We hatched heritage Bourbon Red turkeys and French Pearl Guinea fowl. After our 3 guinea fowl were taken by predators (in one fell swoop!), we were eager to learn from our mistakes and try again. However, being so late in the season no feed stores near us would b...
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The Working Chicken

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, or as a supplement to other sources of info. Aside from researching on the internet, reading message boards, and watching videos on YouTube to learn about new interests, we try to read books as often as we can. I downloaded "The Short, ...
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