I have a long term goal of turning this hobby farm into a poultry farm business. I never imagined in a thousand years that this would become a business I would ever be interested in, but crazier things have happened.
I would love to run a fully organic farm, but there are so many rules and stipulations that I honestly don’t have the time and money to do at the moment. However, just like I have been doing with my current chickens, I will feed only USDA organic feed and all the poultry will be pastured/free range. Continue reading
Now that I have gotten my feet wet in chicken raising, I decided it’s time I up my game. The coop we built can hold up to 40 chickens, and I plan on reaching close to that number. I want to add white, blue, green and very dark brown eggs to my mix, so here are the new chicks I ordered from Meyer Hatchery!!.
Exchequer Leghorns – Ordered 6 of these. They are excellent producers and should give me almost one egg a day.
Have you ever had something happen that completely unmotivated you, and takes you off your planned course? Well that happened to me this summer. In my last blog post back from June, I mentioned that we had a very heavy rain that flooded our property. Well 6 days later, we had the biggest/hardest/longest storm I have ever seen. It rained so heavy and long that our house was literally surrounded by 2 ft of water. It was like our house was an island and there was no way out. What made it even worse was it was in the middle of the night and it was dark, so we couldn’t really see how bad it really was. Thankfully, our chickens were on their roosts, and were in the air because their coop had 2 ft of water in it as well. I was so upset, that I didn’t even take any pictures of the aftermath. I really wanted to just forget it happened and move on. Our neighbor who has lived in his house since the 1960s said he has never seen this happen, so I’m hoping this is a once every 100 years storm!!
I decided to just enjoy the summer, and we pretty much put all projects on hold. Here are a few of the projects we did manage to complete. I was ready to start working on the kitchen again, so we picked out and put up a subway tile back splash. Here is the kitchen without the back splash.
This week we started mission clean up the pond area. Took down a few sad looking pine trees and trimmed a very over grown tree, that is an apple tree and bird cherry tree intertwined together. Started to take a few large weed/bushes out around the pond edge and worked on taking down a fence by the pond, as it is a mowing obstacle and eye sore. We took down another fence that was across from the pond area, as it served no purpose and made mowing a pain. Just by doing these few things, the areas look bigger and more appealing!
Also, enjoy some more pictures of the chickens and kids as they enjoy the country life!