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

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Our First Hatch Went Really Well

Our first batch of quail started hatching monday and ended wednesday. Out of the 3,000 eggs we incubated there was a little over 2,500 hatched for an 86% hatch rate. I am pleased with that especially since it was the first batch of spring eggs which can be not as fertile as latter eggs. We placed them in 2 brooder barns and so far have only had about 20 die.  This is very common the first few days due to birth defects, etc.  It has been a cold spring and the first night in the barns the temps got down to 38 degrees. I was spooked about this since these young birds cannot take cold at all and will pile up bad. We added a few more heat lamps and so far so good. It is expected to warm up to 60's at night shortly.  We sent out a couple dozen more price lists and have already gotten orders from that. I believe we will have 80% of our production booked shortly.

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