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

Monday, March 28, 2011

Still Spring Cleaning

Not much going on.  The weather is screwed up, had 1/2"snow last night. Should be 65 or better Friday. I am ready for warm all the time. Still just cleaning barns and  incubator room. Spoke with my egg supplier in Kansas.  We are shooting for last week of April. Starting to plant more garden seeds. Our garlic is about 8" tall. The strawberry plants are really come through the straw. The bees are really active.  Hoping for LOTS of honey this year. The bird booking orders are still coming in. I decided to book all but about 5,000 for guys needing them that do not know for sure now. Our son and his family is selling about 100 doz. eggs a week to a local organic grocer.  Probably could do a lot more if they had more layers. They are getting there pasture ready for the jersey milk cows. Folks line up for the good raw milk. The grandaughter is really growing. We had her saturday and it was so much fun. She's going to be a beautiful country girl. She is 3 months old and got her first tractor ride with her mom a few days ago. Stay tuned, we are getting ready to get busy on the farm!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Just Cleaning & Picking Up

A little boring on the farm.  With spring just around the corner and the weather being 65 one day and snowing the next we are trying to clean up the brooders and fly pens.  We pretty much made it through the winter unscathed as far as anything tore up or broke.  We built everything as strong as possible and it paid off. We are also just cleaning up around our big 2 acre yard. You know, fallen limbs, leaf piles, trimming overgrown bushes, garage cleaning, etc. Spring always feel so good. A renewal and I can get out more.  The winter cold really bothers my handicapped side so I got cabin fever really bad. Still getting fall orders for birds.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Starting our Cleanup in Preparation for Startup

With this nice weather we sorely desire to work outside on the farm.  We have begun to clean up our incubator room and giving the incubators and hatchers a good disinfecting, too.  Our brooder barns floors are covered in roof felt and pine shavings.  We put new pine in after every session of birds, but felt in once a year, so we started that long process. The fly pens are inspected for little holes that preditors make when they try to get in before our watch dog Shadow gets 'em.   Took all the feeders and waterers out and started cleaning them.  Our 55 gallon water barrels that feed each pen will get disinfected and whatever falls into them is removed.  We have a little more electric fence to run and new netting to hang.  Plus lots of other stuff that will show up as we inspect. Our gardens are tilled and new areas are marked off. We have 2 areas about 20'x 40' & 2 - 20' raised beds.  Adding a bunch of rasberries, grapes and prarie flowers for the bees. Our son and his family is moving to their new farm in a couple weeks.  They are moving to some land that is also CSA farm  that has about 80 summer share customers.  They are going to sell their eggs and raw milk.  Should be good for them.  Leslie takes care of all the farm sales and chickens and cows. Shaun is testing for an arborist certification real soon for his Greenways job he loves.   We are still getting calls for birds and booking orders. Should be an interesting 2011.