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

Friday, February 17, 2012

Getting Started On Spring

We've decided it's time to get ready for spring.  Made sure all our bluebird houses (we have 6) are cleaned and ready for nests.  I buy dried meal worms by the thousands for them. It's nice to watch them visit our many feeders enjoying their easy meals.  I'm not for sure how many bluebirds we have but it is a lot. Have been seeing large numbers of geese flying north already, seems to be early, too. Yesterday there must have been 100 gold finches invading all the feeders and probably 50 robins in the yard.  The cardinals always get a little weird this time of year.  We seem to always have a couple cardinals that fly up and hit the windows every so often all day long for a couple weeks. Really annoying. We are starting to prep the garden area.  We are doubling its size this year and may sell some at farmers market, barter some for other needs and give to family, friends, neighbors and needy. Making an are about 20 x 20 for a nice herb garden, too. Decided to not have chickens this year.  We have a country neighbor that has free range birds and needs to sell eggs to help her family's finances, so we will buy 10 dozen at a time from them.

All of our quail are gone.  We will start cleaning barns this weekend and rake up dead stubble from the fly pens.  Bought 50# of rye grass to spread in them, too. About 70% of our next years production is already pre-sold.  If the calls we have been receiving looking for late season birds is any indication there is going to be a rush for birds next fall and many won't get any from any grower.  We need more growers everywhere!!