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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, March 31, 2010

Spring Has Sprung

It feels like spring today with temps almost 80. I have my incubators ready for eggs. I finished my smaller brooder barn last weekend and I am itchin'to begin. It's bad enough being crippled up, but ad in the cold weather when you are mostly house bound and it really makes cabin fever set in. My egg supplier called yesterday for payment and told me he would ship on April 20. Which hopefully means I will have eggs in incubator by April 23. My dad will come out and help me put them in the trays and into the cabinet. My mom has alziemers so he is with her all the time and can't get away much. This is good for him, too. My son is still working at least one day a week on the new flypens. He is a newlywed so I don't ask much of him. My pigeons are now setting eggs and my rabbit had a litter yesterday. Life is going on at the farm.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Getting Lots of Winter Birds Inquiries

Yesterday was a little surprising. Early in the morning I received a call from South Carolina. He was from a large, very successful hunting preserve. Business had been so good he had completly ran out of quail. Apparently there is not a gamebird grower from the east coast to Missouri that has any birds left. They wanted 1,000 and would have sent a truck to pick them up. I am completely out. He said it appeared he would have to cancel a lot of reservations for hunts. Then in the afternoon I received another call from Georgia. Same thing, only he wanted 10,000 birds. They both said business was slow until after Jan 1 then it went crazy. I hate to miss sales.
I bought 2 nice plastic 55 gal barrels for the bell auto waterers, only paid $8 ea. I am going to try and buy 10 more from him. I also ordered 4 rolls of 1' netting from 3T Products for my new flypens. Today I cleaned up and heated up my GQF brooders to get them set at the correct temps. Will do my Cabinet incubators and cabinet hatchers also. It's a little early but the weather is warm and I am itching to get started.