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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.

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