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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, June 20, 2011

Our 2nd Hatch was Very Good!

We just finished moving quail chicks from the hatch room to a brooder barn.  Out of 3,000 eggs we set there is now 2675 chicks.  That is a very good hatch rate for us.  It is such a hot spring the brooder heat system is not being used as much so our energy costs are lower.  We are so far enjoying a lower than normal loss rate on our first hatch in Brooder Barn #1.  But as I have proven before, that can change in an instant. I have my costs based on a percent of hatched to sold so any less loss helps the bottom line. I have been enjoying trying to live a simpler. less stress life.  I am now remembering life back in the 50's.  I found my old little hand held radio and now go out on my front porch with a big mason jar of iced tea and listen to my 'Cardinals' play baseball.  For those reading this blog and have those memories you'll know how great I feel being able to relax and watch the world go by in the country.  I am going to find some 'Green Hornet', The Shadow, etc. old radio shows I listened to in my youth and re-enjoy them, too.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Just Going About Daily Chores

Kinda boring on the farm.  Quail are brooding great, they are about ready to go on auto feeders and waterers. Our second hatch will be next Sunday.  Our next brooder barn is all ready except putting down the pine chips.  Received 2 orders this week from dog trainers. Our garden is giving us lots of greens and the blueberries are going great.  The strawberries are all but done. Noticed some pears coming on our young trees.  We haven't heard any cicadas yet.  They seem to be all around the area near us.   Was looking at our grove of persimmons and there is going to be a huge crop this fall.  Thinking about doing a 'You Pick' on them.  Our neighbors are cutting their first hay crop, it is very good.  Life in the country is sure peaceful, especially if I leave the TV off and the crazy news that seems to permeate the world. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Conservation Agent Records & Pens Inspection

We had a MDC agent stop by Saturday to inspect our brooder barn, fly pens and sales records. I am glad they regulate the game bird industry so the birds are treated good and it makes us all play on a level playing field.  All our records where perfect and the way we care for our birds was certified as top notch.  Since I have to develop ways to care for them that works for my disability that cuts down on some of the work it actually is better for the birds as well. The birds in the barn are growing fast and eating a lot. We had one fly out of the barn as we went in to feed them yesterday. It flew into the woods (it amazes me how well a 2 week old chick can fly) and we just counted it as a loss.  But a couple of minutes later our guard dog Shadow came up to the barn with the bird in his mouth.  It was unharmed so we just put it back. He is such a great dog. The weather is so extremely hot for June. It allows me to turn off the brooder heat lamps so that is saving a few bucks. Orders are not coming in now, so it will probably pick up in August.