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

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

One More Hatch

Due to the demand for Feb, March birds I decided to hatch another 2,000 quail. They will be mature in January.  It is much harder to raise them in the cold weather if they are less than 8 weeks old. I will make sure the brooders are warmer (more expense) longer.  When I turn them out to fly pens we will leave the brooder barns open so they can come and go for shelter in case of ice or snow. We seem to be hearing from a lot more guys training their dogs. Maybe that's a sign more are getting back into quail hunting. Been building a lot of transfer cages.  Sure makes it easier to have birds ready when the guys or gals come to pick up.  They just bring a empty cage and pick up the full one.  If I'm not home they just leave money in lock box.  It's a trust thing, but I have never been cheated.  They always want more quail.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Calls For Birds are Daily!

Just as expected, we are getting calls daily for quail.  Had to decline over 1500 bird sale yesterday. That is hard for me to do, but all birds are pre sold already. Heard about another game bird farm that is downsizing due to health so his customers will be searching.  People are showing up at the farm with cages wanting to pick up birds and it's only September. Yikes!!! I might think about another brooder barn and fly pens next spring.  I am happy at my current level, but the need is there.  We'll see!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Birds are going to Hunt

We have started selling lots of quail last weekend.  The dog trainers have got the fever with the cooler weather here. We have stopped taking orders.  With the addition last week of more field trail bird orders all our production is called for. I guess that is good.  As an old retailer I just hate having no inventory but better sold out than setting on a bunch of hard eating quail.  Even though I'm not doing this for a living the money is good. My son has bought a farm and will build a house on it.  I think he will put up some fly pens and we can raise a few thousand more in the next season.