Incubator – Getting Started
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My next few posts will outline my experience with our new incubator here at Polyface! I’ve recently had the privilege of setting it up to start breeding laying hens. We normally order our chicks from a hatchery, but according to the Salatins, the quality of the chickens has steadily declined over the years. As such, Joel … Read the Rest

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GobbledyFollowup
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After my last post, I realized I wanted to share a video of the turkeys after a move. When the turkeys get into their new paddock and start grazing and catching bugs, they make such a joyous noise!  Just listen to their happy chirps! http://youtu.be/nRrQRNRQ8V8 P.S. I’m sorry for posting a link instead of embedding … Read the Rest

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Gobble Gobble
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For the last couple of months I’ve been managing one of the three turkey groups here at Polyface. I have approximately 300 turkeys in my group. It has been a pleasure taking care of the turkeys as they are funny, quirky little creatures. At Polyface, we brood the turkeys with our broilers.  At three weeks, they all go into … Read the Rest

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Pigs In Spaaaace…Out To Pasture
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Last time on Pigs In Spaaaace, we discussed how to prep the pig paddock. Now it is time to put the pigs in space (or out to pasture ;-)).  But first, since I know you cannot wait for another Pigs in Space episode… Moving on. Now that the pig paddock is prepped, it is ready to receive … Read the Rest

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Pigs In Spaaaace…Prepping The Paddock
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For our next installment, we will be looking at how to prep a paddock for pigs.  But first…Pigs In Spaaaace! Now back to our regular programming. After pigs are trained to the electric fence, they are ready to go out!  Before we can put them out, we have to prep their paddock. Prepping the paddock involves checking and … Read the Rest

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Pigs In Spaaaace…Training Fences
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Anybody out there remember Pigs in Space from the Muppet Show? Well, when I was thinking about what to title this post (series of posts, actually), I couldn’t stop thinking about the title sequence to this show.  While I won’t exactly be writing about pigs in space as depicted in the show, I will be … Read the Rest

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Setting Up A New Farm
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As you may know, Polyface rents and manages several farms in the area near Polyface.  Polyface animals are kept at the farms and either managed by contract farmers or Polyface staff/employees.  The animals on rental farms are managed the same way as Polyface.   The farms without on-site managers are visited every day to move animals … Read the Rest

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Training Chickens
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Yep, that’s right…chickens are trainable!  Who would have guessed? So much is happening at Polyface now that spring has sprung.  Cows are on pasture, broilers are on pasture, turkeys are in the brooder with the chicks, pigs are pigaerating, and eggmobiles are out! Since spring took its time arriving, it has been a mad dash to get all … Read the Rest

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Handmade Awesomeness
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First and foremost…HAPPY SPRING!!! And now on to the handmade awesomeness.  There are some incredibly talented and generous people on the farm.  I just love how people on this farm do stuff, make things and give gifts, sometimes for no particular reason.  🙂   Here are just a few examples of the awesome talent around here.         … Read the Rest

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