THE SIMPLE LIFE ON OUR OZARKS QUAIL FARM

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MISSOURI OZARKS, United States
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. *******************************************************

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Back To Work

With Missouri's main deer season over we are again getting calls to pick up birds.  It is always slow during that time. Nobody goes out into the fields with the deer hunters on the prowl. Met with a friend today about him raising some quail and helping us with all the orders we get. He said he would do 5,000 next year. The lady from the Mo. Dept of Ag came by and disease tested our birds. We were just fine and again renewed the NPIP certification seal.  Have been getting calls for a lot of quail as meat. We are not presently doing that, but we have a USDA inspected processor not far away so we may think about that as another outlet. Going to be in the teens tonight. I sure hope our 7 week old birds make it through fine. I really need them in Jan/Feb.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Seems Everyone Wants Their Orders Now

Last week, starting Thursday, a lot of our pre-order guys wanted their birds. I guess being November and cooler was the reason. We either delivered or had pickups of around $10,000 worth of quail.  My phone is still ringing often with bird inquiries,but I just can't help them out. Debbie & I have figured out a way to catch about 100 birds at a time in about 30 seconds with a funnel system. Even with my disabilities I can help a lot and it stresses the birds very little. This is fun and rewarding for an old retired business guy.