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

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Incubator Full / They've Started Picking Up Quail

We filled up the incubators with fresh eggs and we have had hunters/dog trainers already coming out to pick up a few hundred of the 11 week old fly pen birds. I had rather sell 16 week mature birds but they insist on getting the younger ones. They stay coveyed better they say when they release them at the younger age. It's their money so I just do what they ask. These fellows hand out hundred dollar bills for these critters like it's nothing.  This business can be real profitable if you watch your expenses. I'm on track to do over $50,000 in bird sales. We so far have lost very few for whatever reason and my feed costs are staying under $20.00 per hundred. Once in a while a coon or something will dig under the pen. I don't know if they eat any, but I do know a few birds go out the hole before I plug it. I had maybe 30 birds loose on the outside so I bought a call back cage and put a noisy rooster in it. It worked great. I think I caught them all back. Also, I went to Harbor Freight sales and bought 3 live traps. 2 coons are now moved elsewhere. I baited the traps with ham sandwiches, they loved 'em.

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