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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, July 24, 2010

More Chicks - More Eggs - Too HOT

  We hatched another 2500+ quail and have them all in brooders. Since we improved our brooding barn system we have lost very few chicks.  Had something dig under one of the fly pens a little.  They didn't get in but a few quail escaped. We see the loose birds trying to get back in with the others, but we can't get close enough to catch them. I am going to buy a call back cage and recover them.  I also picked up a critter cage trap when I went to MFA to pick up feed. Hope to catch them and not our barn cat. Norman and I are driving to Kansas on Monday and pick up 3,000 more eggs. We will put them in incubators when we get back to farm. Still getting some calls for fall bird sales and a couple more calls from restaurants for processed birds.  Really enjoying doing this. It is SOOOOOO hot though. One thing bad about my stroke is it screwed up my brains thermostat. I get very hot & sweaty very quick. It wears me out and I have to rest. We have automated most everything with barrel auto waterers and I bought those 175#  fly pen feeders so we fill them up only a couple times a week. (Debbie does that - she works out at the gym 5 days a week so she can lug around the 50# sacks of feed. I am so grateful and proud of her.) She keeps telling me she wants me to fire her, but that ain't happening.

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