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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. *******************************************************

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

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