We found quite a surprise at home after delivered today. Out in the pasture was our first lamb this season following her mom around! She looks happy and healthy.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
This week we will be visiting a private breeder not too many hours away to learn more and experience the animals first hand. Hopefully this will take us further down the road of making a decision.
the particular camels we are interested in are Bactrim camels, the ones with two humps. They seem a better fit for our environment and weather than the single hump camels.
Stay Tuned for more news!
Monday, January 23, 2012
A note to everyone currently on our delivery route: If you know of someone within your neighborhood who might be interested in being added to the delivery list for fresh eggs as well as other farm produce around the year, please let them or us know. Collecting customers clustered in certain areas has obvious advantages to the farm to home delivery program.
thanks! Be looking for your delivery update email!
Sunday, January 22, 2012
today we manged to process a few roosters finally. the weather was nice enough when we started but.... by four or so the rain came with a VEGENCE! I end up finishing two roosters in the pouring rain.we ended up with "air chilled" chicken but ice soaked farmer! Oh well the new kill cones worked perfectly! (the new cones are up side traffic cones)
'more rain on its way, and more outside chores to do! farming is all about getting up close and personal with nature.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I find myself questioning a recent small decision , and really wishing I had thought ahead more. I am referring to the post about moving the chicken trailer away from the suxxox eggmobile to prevent fighting. A good move at the time (aside from the time of day resulting in several hours of chicken catching) but where I left it.. . Questionable at best.
Winter rain has hit. A bit late thus year, which perhaps gave me a false sense of mobility in winter. Rain is forecast.. . Pretty much forever. :) and at this moment the chicken trailer sits on the far side of the little seasonal Creek through our pasture. So.. .. very soon driving to it will be impossible.
Seems I have two choices: carry bags of food out, in the rain, through the mud Or build a bridge. Neither option is appealing.
If I had only thought to park it on this side of the creek. .. my life would be so much simplier for the winter. But no. .. I choose to save maybe $50 in fencing and an hour in labor by parking it where it is. Now that seems a poor choice.
Sigh, oh well, good thing I have excellent mud boots this year!
Monday, January 16, 2012
A collection of farmers brought action to the court asking for protection from the loss of their organic crops due to natural spread of GMO genes through natural pollination, and protection against Monsanto then suing them for violating the Monsanto patents in having GMO crops they didn't pay for. Sound reasonable right? Well, the judge rules that in fact the USDA does NOT need to take any steps to protect natural crops from the spread of GMO crops. In essence he is saying that the USDA has no obligation to protect organic (natural) life from lab produced life. The farmers have therefore NO recourse to protect their organic crops, and the public has no right to non-GMO food. What IS protected is Monsanto's right to sue any farm that has pollination spread GMO genes to a organic crop. Monsanto is protected, but the organic farmer is not. In fact, it appears to be the responsibility of the farmer to somehow magically prevent unwanted GMO pollen from entering his land.
So... what does the USDA do again?
Here is the link
Sunday, January 15, 2012
The teenage suxxox chicks discovered the hog pen during feeding time today. A wealth of spilled feed for the taking. (Not to mention a wide assortment of bugs! )
It is amazing that the hogs don't seem to mind at all. They are peacefully eating right along side the little birds and the occasional Turkey. I even witnessed one chicken walking down the back of a feasting hog and the hog never missed a beat.
On a side note.. . Penny is in heat :) baby pigs should be coming in a few months!
For the curious, the hog consume an average of 80 LBS per day of feed while the pasture is off limits for growth.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Our new flock of hens are steadily producing more eggs everyday! After we moved these girls to our farm their production dropped as expected due to stress of move, feed change, routine change, etc. But over the last few weeks the are returning to normal.
Our target for this flock is 10 dozen eggs per day peak. As of now they have increased to 8+! Not bad for January! They are much happier too, more relaxed , and in the routine of recognizing us. Their fights have decreased in frequency and intensity to what I would call normal henhouse squabbles.
The quality of egg has improved also. Yolks are a darker denser Orange, the shells are thicker, fewer are cracked or broken in the nest.this means healthier birds, and more nutritious eggs .
Stress is hard on birds, so we are very glad to see their improvement . Another part of their improvement is the feed. This is a testiment to our new soy free nutrient dense "scratch and peck" feed line and its superior nutrition. Another added bonus is that they have found the part of the pasture where the horses eat and. .. well. .. you know. In this area is found the birds most natural diet, bugs.
If you would like to give our eggs a try just call, email, or come by the farm. We have plenty of eggs ready to go.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Butterball Abuse: An undercover investigation exposing animal cruelty.
This is NOT unusual. These videos exist for most major factory farms of any animal type. The problem is the system of factory farming. The answer is not vegetarianism, but the return of the small family sustainable family farm.
I urge you, for the sake of our nation seen in the eyes of God himself, to find a local farm and buy your meat there. Do not support this cruel cancer destroying the dignity of our nation. If you believe in a creator, I ask you.. . What must he be thinking seeing this abuse of the power he granted mankind and those that knowingly support it.
Our animals at little sprouts live out their lives in comfort, with the best foods and accommodatios possible. They are allowed to be themselves, following their instincts, enjoying their lives. We invite visitors to drop by anytime. Our farm is open and available , no need for hidden cameras .
Don't go vegitarian , go sensible.
It started because the suxxox have managed to easily escape their fence. They actually pushed the wires apart on the chicken wire (we used the large weave wire to save money) and slip through at will. That presents a big problem becasue the new golden laying hens were only 50 feet away. When we went out to feed the goldens, the suxxux would escape the fence and run over to share a bite. The goldens, being mature birds, would not allow that and instantly gang up on the little half grown suxxox, sometimes 20 adult birds on one little hen. A very dangerous situation indeed. So... I decided to move the goldens to the other pasture to give the suxxox some distance and room to roam without life threatening consequences.
Sounds like a good idea, right? well.. if only I had waited for nightfall.
I wanted to use the beautiful sunshine and moved the golden chicken trailer across the pasture in the afternoon. The first indication that I had made a bad choice was when I got halfway to the destination and the birds that were following turned back. Sure enough, as the sun set the situation got worse. The birds absolutely refused to leave the LOCATION that the trailer was in. Their GPS kicked in and started "nesting" on the ground where the trailer was sitting for the day.
Hunter, Kaelyn and I spent a couple hours well into the dark evening herding, then chasing, than catching birds to move them to the new trailer. IT was fun, but quite a challenging chore. We succeeded in all but about a half dozen that had nested up under the suxxox coop. We can get those tomorrow.
The point to the story is, chickens nest by GPS location, not surroundings. If you move their coop too far during the daytime they will refuse to use it and nest where it WAS insteaad, on the ground, a nice dinner snack for a predator. The way to avoid this is to move hte coop at night, after they are all inside. Then all you do is.. move hte coop. The next day the wake up, their GPS is reset as they leave hte coop, and everything is perfectly fine.
So.. yea... note to self, never move a coop in the afternoon.
Oh my back!
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Its encouraging to see so many people around the world interested in small sustainable farming and the products it produces. What a great way to start the new year!