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

Monday, December 13, 2010

Delivered the last bunch of 2010 birds

On Friday, my friend Jimmy & I delivered a few hundred quail to one of our preserve customers in Arkansas. He told me he would need a lot of birds in Feb 2011. I will have some then, but probably not enough. It is hard to brood birds once it gets cold. Next year I think I'll just raise a couple thousand extra in the fall and then add maybe 50 cents to the selling costs for extra feed. He said he was fine with that. We are having the USDA inspector come out next Friday to test our birds for disease. They will pass and we will be NPIP certified. (we were this year). To sell quail into most other states they must have a NPIP form filled out in order for them to import into their state.  It's a hassle but a good thing.

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