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

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Bought Another Incubator & Barn

I placed the order to have another brooder barn built. It will be a metal building 20 x 50. I am going to attach a 20 x 150 fly pen on one end. The builder said he would get to it in April. I decided to get another 1200 egg incubator. A new one cost about $750 delivered. I checked out Craigslist for a couple weeks and found a like new 'Sportsman' model cabinet with 3 hatching trays. Just what I wanted for $300.
I am feeling physically better and want to get busy if the weather would warm. Starting to get more inquiries about buying birds from us. I have a feeling I could sell way more than I can raise. Spoke to my son and his wife about them getting more involved and then maybe we could expand.

Friday, February 19, 2010

More Booking Orders - Now More Facilities

I contracted another 2,000 birds, quail order for fall. They also want some pheasant and chukars. I accepted it so now I have to build another barn and 2 more flypens. Buy more brooders and feeders and waterers. I am not going to spend over $5,000 more. At least not this year. It is exciting. I am getting that ole' business drive again but without the huge stress. After the stroke and all it did to my body and mind I really thought that drive was gone, but it's back at least enough to enjoy it. I promised my wife I wouldn't go wild. She worries, I'm grateful.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Orders and Brooders

Last weekend I got fall booking orders for 7,000 bobwhite quail @ $3.75 each. This pretty much takes all my 2010 production plans and I haven't even hatched yet. Too early. I am rethinking about raising more. Might have to build 3 or 4 more flypens and another barn. Will have to really think about that - a lot more work for a retired guy. I did receive 4 more GQF brooders. They brood 125 quail for 4 weeks with very little loss, I love them, will end up with 20 of these before the season starts. Figured my feed costs from last year. With gamebird feed costing me around $19.00 per 100#, It looks like a quail from birth to 16 weeks costs me .88 cents for feed each. With egg cost I will have about $1.13 in a bird not counting fixed costs(utilities, insurance, marketing, some labor help, etc). Tired of cold and snow, I'm ready to start farming.