THE SIMPLE LIFE ON OUR OZARKS QUAIL FARM

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MISSOURI OZARKS, United States
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, September 4, 2010

Last Setting of Eggs

We decided to set another 500 eggs. That will make the birds full grown in Mid January. We are still getting a lot of calls for birds and I have a feeling it will get worse (or better) as we get into fall. Having to tell folks we are all sold out. I really hate doing that. I believe we could sell many, many more than we raise, so I am going to have to ponder this winter on whether to expand or be content. It will depend on whether Debbie wants more work. We had over 6" of rain a couple days ago and it flooded all the flypens. Only lost about 50 birds, thank goodness. Spoke to a guy in Texas that said a few years back they had a mini flood and they lost many thousands. That would have wiped us out. The restaurants are excited about serving our pheasants. If they sell alot this winter I may build an area only for meat birds. Still really enjoying doing this. My buddy Mark is going to help me catch and transport the birds I have to deliver. That will be a great help.

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