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After I retired I wanted to stay busy on our farm. My almost 30 year career was in the hunting & fishing industry, so raising the birds I had hunted for years was a natural for me. Being married to my best friend, wife & help mate is all I could ask for. My wife of 34 years and I love living on our farm and doing the chores it takes to maintain it. We are living a wonderful slow life in our retirement. Our grand daughter is such joy. Having a big garden to feed us, raising bees for honey, loving our pets and no debt. I feel blessed to have enjoyed this country living and sustaining our family through growing our food and simple ways my whole life. I am happy to see others across this great country deciding to live instead of just collecting more. A less-stress farm life is making us very happy. *******************************************************

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Booked Pheasant Chicks

I decided since I'm not going to raise but about 1,000 pheasants that I would not take up my incubator time with hatching their eggs. So I booked 1,000 pheasant chicks for May 1 delivery. Haven't raised any pheasants before so I am really looking forward to that. Over the weekend we went to a local restaurant that specializes in locally grown meats and produce. He said he wanted to start serving our quail and pheasants later. Could be a good sales area for us. I also found a USDA inspected meat processor that said he would process the quail for $1.25 each and pheasants for $2.25. I think for the long run I'd rather have all my meat done with a USDA stamp on the package for restaurant sales. I also purchased a $500,000
liability insurance policy. Better safe than sorry. Getting cabin fever !!! Been flying my white homing pigeons everyday. It's amazing how they always come home. Hope to do some funerals and weddings this spring. Won't charge any $$, just as a service and to stay busy.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sold a Breeder Set

Since I am going to raise way more birds than I can get eggs out of my breeders capacity, I decided to sell a set of my breeder cages. We had a nice farmer girl from North Missouri come down and buy them. as I mentioned before, one of the main reasons I am doing this is to stay connected and I love the farm culture.

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Years Beginning

It is now the first Monday in the new year. We have 5 inches of snow, but I am ready to start raising quail again. Yesterday we took 30 butchered quail and 6 partridge out of our freezer and tonight we are having a family and friend dinner at our house. Deer meat, fish and quail. I will cook them on my Big Green Egg cooker. It doesn't get any better. I am setting up my Quickbooks accounting program for this years business and before I started this days blog I just order 8,000 bobwhite eggs. They will be delivered 2000 at a time beginning April 1. I am feeling better and even though it is real slow I think my leg and arm is still progressing. Probably never get back to normal, but I will always keep hope and be happy in my skin wherever the Lord leads. Happy New Year.

Friday, January 1, 2010

The New Years Plans

It is Jan 1 2010 . All the birds were gone by mid November. I could have sold at least 3 times more without much effort. In fact I keep getting phone calls from dog trialers, trainers, preserves and for meat birds. We are booking orders for next falls birds. As I mentioned before, I am not doing this for a money business. For almost 3 decades I owned businesses that sold many millions of dollars of stuff. I do not want to get back into that stressful, 'I have to sell this' situation. In fact we are donating our profits to keep this little hobby just a hobby for me to keep active. I really enjoyed last years quail raising. I learned a lot, made a bunch of mistakes, but mostly I loved the culture of the quail hunting people. I made some new friends and look forward to 2010. Although I am not doing it for a moneymaker, the business guy in me still likes to see growth. So I am expanding. My plan is:

1. Raise 8,000 bobwhites, 1,000 ringneck pheasants & 1,000 chukar partridge.
2. I am building 3 more 100' x 30' flypens. (My son has 1 started)
3. Have another 25'x 15' brooder house built.
4. Purchase 5 more GQF brooders.
5. Sell meat birds to a local 'natural' grocery store.
6. Go to 3 -4 farmers markets for selling meat birds.
7. Look to make more new friends