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Responsibility by Hunter Kemper

RESPONSIBILITY by Hunter Kemper For the past several years, I’ve had the privilege of being a part of the Exercise Your Character Event in Des Moines, IA, organized by Hy-Vee Inc. This is an event I look forward to every … Continue reading

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Chickens – A lot like my Kids by Hunter Kemper

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Summer on “the farm.” I’ve been a chicken owner since the end of January and it has been a fun adventure. We’ve gotten to watch our baby chicks grow into pullets that lay … Continue reading

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Why Easter Eggs by Hunter Kemper

Since we are now the proud owners of chickens, I did a little investigating into the significance of “the egg” this Easter celebration.  When did eggs first become associated with Easter?  The egg is an ancient symbol of new life … Continue reading

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It’s All About the Chickens by Hunter Kemper

The past couple months have been a fun adventure with our chicks.  They’re beginning to look a lot more like chickens than the fluffy little chicks that arrived on our doorstep just 9 weeks ago.  The weather has gotten warmer … Continue reading

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Quick Transitions by Hunter Kemper

Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London, and Rio are 6 weeks old now and they are no longer looking like baby chicks, but much more like little chickens.  It has been amazing to see how fast our girls have grown.   The … Continue reading

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Naming our baby chicks and HOW we decided on the names for each Breed by Hunter Kemper

We received 5 different breeds of chicks.  Before they arrived, we learned a little about each type of chick and named them according to the things we learned.  The 5 names we chose for our 5 different breeds of chicks … Continue reading

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Marek’s Disease by Dr. Darrell W. Trampel, D.V.M., PhD.

Marek’s Disease  Darrell W. Trampel, D.V.M., PhD. Iowa State University January 27, 2014 Marek’s disease (MD) is a highly contagious disease of chickens characterized by a) varying degrees of paralysis of wings and legs and/or b) development of lymphoid tumors.  … Continue reading

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The Arrival by Hunter Kemper

Chris called us last week to let us know that our chicks would be arriving – this is great as our kids would all be home for their delivery.  The anticipation was great as the boys, especially our oldest son … Continue reading

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Preparing a Home by Hunter Kemper

Murray McMurray Hatchery has helped make the preparation for our chickens very easy.  Their book: “Chickens in Five Minutes a Day” is awesome!  It’s an easy read and tells you everything you need to know about raising chickens.  We also … Continue reading

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Backyard Chicken Farmer – by Hunter Kemper

Backyard Chicken Farmer? If you told me a few months ago that I’d be raising chickens in my backyard, I wouldn’t have believed you.  In my backyard?  Chickens?   It all sounded a little crazy to me until I spoke with … Continue reading

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