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There is very little to say about the turkeys, but that may be the most remarkable part.  For all the death and disaster we’ve come to know as farming, the turkeys were a huge and relatively easy success. By the time we placed our poultry order in March, Murray McMurray was out of turkeys, so […]

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While chickens are the gateway animal to homesteading, rabbits make the most sense in terms of an easy to maintain meat animal on a small holding.  They take up very little space, they are absurdly easy to breed, their droppings make for great compost, and it is relatively inexpensive to get started raising rabbits (just […]

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Oh the pigs.  While these are hands down the most delicious animals on the farm, they are also the animals I doubt I could maintain if something ever happened to my husband (I know, it’s weird that I think about things like that, but such are the practicalities of farming).  These are huge and intimidating […]

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Hands down, the sheep represented the biggest learning curve for 2011.  I don’t know if I mean that in a good way, but we still own some, so that has to count for something.  I hope. In early February, we returned Zeus, our rent-a-ram, to his rightful farm.  A few weeks later, our neighbor’s puppy […]

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We started out 2011 with six ducks – two khaki campbells and one rouen from our very first poultry order in June of 2010, and three rouens (one drake – that’s boy for you urbanites, and two females) from our August poultry order.  They had just started swimming in the pond and laying eggs in […]

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I thought it might be interesting to cover 2011 animal by animal to look back on the past year in farming.  At worst, this year in review will be extreemly helpful for me to figure out our plans for 2012.  I’ll start with chickens, as let’s face it, they are the gateway animal to homesteading. […]

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