Category Archives: Chickens

The Sound of Chickens-Monday Funnies!

The Prairie Home Companion does an annual joke show and they often feature this song about chickens. It makes me laugh so hard I cry. I picture our hens fleeing our milk truck or large tractors as they are crossing our driveway. Wonder if we should have chicken crossing guards…

 

Sound of Chickens

 

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Chickens Enjoying Pumpkin Pie

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Easy Chicken Stock makes Healthy Soups

What an autumn we have had so far. I wish this weather could last until December 20th, but sadly I know the bitter cold will blast in soon. Now is the time to start making soup. All great soup recipes start with delicious stock.

If you are cooking up a Zweber Farms whole chicken, chances are it took you a good while from freezer to table. First you had to thaw the chicken over night, then you had to prepare the chicken and recipe ingredients. Lastly, you had to cook it, which took anywhere from 30-90 minutes. After all the work, why waste most of the chicken by throwing the bones into the trash?

Solution: Make chicken stock.

Making chicken stock takes a little time, but it is really easy.

  1. First take the leftover bones, back and neck and place in a cheese cloth.
  2. Add: 2 sliced carrots, 2-3 sliced celery sticks, 1 sliced onion, 1 sprig herbs of choice (I use rosemary or thyme), and pepper to taste to the cloth.  (don’t go overboard on the pepper, you will always add more in your recipes)
  3. Tie the cloth with a string.
  4. Cover the cloth with water in the large stock pot.
  5. Bring to boil and simmer for 4 hours
  6. Bring back to rapid boil and boil for 30 minutes or until the water has reduce by half.
  7. Dump out the contents of the cloth in the trash. Wash the cloth and save for another use.
  8. Pour stock into glass jars and freeze.

Some stock recipes say to skim off the fat as it is simmering. I don’t, because the fat will rise to the top of the jars and act as a protective barrier to bacteria. You can just scoop off the fat when you are ready to use. You may have noticed that I don’t use any salt. You will add the salt when you make your recipes. The stock will last for several months in the freezer or a about a week in the refrigerator.

Use your homemade stock when you are making rice, couscous, soup and more.

Hunk of Meat Mondays

Emily


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Hens Enjoying Beautiful Autumn Day-Wordless Wednessday

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Can Chickens Get Laryngitis?

Erik and I were out at the farm garden today checking out the fate of the tomatoes when we heard a strange noise coming from the lilac bushes. I would have never guessed it was a chicken making this noise. Can chickens get laryngitis? I’m not sure but this one makes me believe they can.

I checked to make sure there wasn’t an egg under the chicken because sometimes they make strange noises when laying. Nope, no egg. My unofficial guess is chicken laryngitis. Maybe we should make her some chicken (cough) noodle soup.

Emily

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Wordless Wednesday: How to Catch a Chicken

chicken, jonnie, summer, 2011

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Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy.  We are proud Organic Valley farmer members and sell our milk under that label. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, www.zweberfarms.com. Connect with us on FacebookTwitterand YouTube.

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The Chicken Hotel

Yesterday, I posted a picture of a project Tim and Steve are working on this summer. Thanks to Cassy and Bree for guessing correctly on yesterday’s post

So what is it you may ask? It will be our new “Chicken Hotel.” The laying hens have over stayed their welcome in the yard and are being put out to pasture. It is very understandable that Lisa is growing tired of them messing up her mulch and pooping on the deck.

Decades before Joel Salatin became famous in movies such as Food Inc  and  Fresh, he was better know by his book Pasture Poultry Profits.  Back in the 1990’s Jon and Lisa had read his books and attended a lecture he gave on the subject. The farm started raising chickens on pasture using Salatin’s methods. Our broiler production has grown from a few hundred to between 700 and 900 annually.

Now we are employing another one of Salatin’s methods: the egg mobile, or as we call it, the Chicken Hotel. We are converting an old hay rack into a portable living and roosting quarters for the laying hens. During the day, the hens will be let out into one of our pastures to free range, eat bugs and fertilize the soil. At night, they will be protected in the “Chicken Hotel” from predators. This hotel will be a complete mobile unit complete with nesting boxes, roosts, feeders and waters.

Salatin's Egg Mobiles

The hotel will not be done soon enough. The hens have really made themselves at home in the yard. We are thinking that their first pasture visit will have to be far away from the house…so that they don’t return.

We are nearing the finishing time for our first batch of meat chickens. If you are interested in purchasing chickens pre-cut please contact Lisa ASAP.

Emily

Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy.  We are proud Organic Valley farmer members and sell our milk under that label. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, www.zweberfarms.com. Connect with us on FacebookTwitterand YouTube.

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Crazy Inventions on the Farm-Wordless Wednesday

Can anyone guess what Tim and Steve are building?

Hint: it will prevent this:

I will give the answer away on Thursday

Emily

Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy.  We are proud Organic Valley farmer members and sell our milk under that label. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, www.zweberfarms.com. Connect with us on FacebookTwitterand YouTube.

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Unwanted Gardening Help

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Guess what animal is doing some unwanted gardening on our farm? Busted!
Now how do we keep them out? Does anyone have suggestions?

Emily

Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy.  We are proud Organic Valley farmer members and sell our milk under that label. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, www.zweberfarms.com. Connect with us on FacebookTwitterand YouTube.

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Raising Healthy Chickens

We got our first batch of chicks two days ago. They are very cute at this age and of course all we want to do is hold them. Hear the boys and I explain what the chicks need to be healthy at this age.

To get a healthy start, the chicks will need a mixed feed of variety of grains, clean water and of course a very warm (90 degrees) room. In a few weeks they will have their feathers. Then we will move them out to their pasture home to live until they are market age.

Emily

Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy.  We are proud Organic Valley farmer members and sell our milk under that label. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, www.zweberfarms.com. Connect with us on FacebookTwitterand YouTube.

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