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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 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.

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