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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, April 24, 2010

It Has Begun - Yea!!

I received my first batch of 3,000 eggs yesterday and with the help of my father we racked them and put in the incubators. Plugged in the power default alarm ( sometimes us country folk lose power for no reason), this is a moneysaver. Hate to lose all the eggs due to no heat. I have my generator hooked up ready to throw the transfer switch if power is off more than a few  minutes. In 23 days the fun really starts.

Monday, April 12, 2010

It's About to Begin

We are just a few days from setting our first eggs of the season. I am ready to go. The incubators and hatchers have been disinfected and temp tested. Our new brooder room (good for 2,000 birds) is ready, all but the pine chip floors. Our new brooder barn (a 4,000 bird capacity) will be built next week and we are close to done with the 4 new flypens. It appears I will need to expand the pheasant part. More of the preserves and restaurants want these great gamebirds. I am looking forward to seeing how much I can do physically this summer. I am grateful for my healing.