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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.

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