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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, May 28, 2011

Batch 2 of Eggs in Incubators

Yesterday we picked up another 3,000 bobwhite quail eggs in Kansas. The fellow we get them from is a large supplier of eggs and day old chicks.  He is concerned about his production.  Seems the cloudy, cold spring is having an effect on the number of eggs he is getting so he cannot fill all his orders & his hatch percentage is lower than normal. I sure am glad I pre-ordered early so I am about first on the list for eggs.  There will be guys not able to get eggs for a while so the adult bird production this fall will suffer. We also compared feed prices. He just ordered 4 tons of bulk feed and it was 15% higher than same time last year. I am finding the same here. If the overhead increases doesn't stop soon the prices we all sell adult birds will go up dramatically. Which in turn usually slows down sales. I am really trying to cut overhead and keep my prices in line. I have been speaking with a local wind & solar power guy that has quoted me 3 wind turbines large enough to power all the system.  It is initially expensive but I believe I could pay for it fairly quickly.  I may end up doing this.

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