|Posted by bud98606 on December 17, 2012 at 4:30 PM|
The third entry in my Blog. The farm is continuing to grow and people are actually learning about us and why we are here. This venture is not intended to provide a living for me, I have a job that I love that does that. I just happen to love animals and taking care of them, watching them grow and seeing if I can make breed improvements while maintaining some genetic diversity that is rapidly being lost to corporate agriculture. Our goals include keeping heritage breeds alive and well while helping local people eat and buy local.
Our hatchery will never be producing thousands of birds a week, in fact, it will probably never even produce a hundred birds per week. Most likely we will hatch about 24-36 chicks per week. While there is a place for the giant mail order hatcheries, we really don't ever want to be one. We won't kill or destroy extra chicks just because we can't sell them. We will always treat our animals humanely, realizing that they are here to provide food for us, but that we have an obligation to take care of them.
Our chicks will probably cost a lot more than the ones from a mega hatchery, but folks will have the opportunity to pick up two or three chicks and not have to pay postage and hope they make the plane ride ok. Heck, I don't usually feel real great after a long flight, I can't imagine how a baby chick feels! We will always be willing to answer questions from anybody, and we will be honored if you think enough of us to ask!
So I think thats it for this entry, we are starting to put breeding pens together for the season and I'm looking foward to firing up the incubators. the first chicks out will be kept back for next years breeding stock and by March I hope to have chicks and eggs available to sell to the public, as well as some started birds that will be more than we need for breeders. 4-H members will get a hefty discount!