"Hi Gina, When my ewe weans her lambs I usually milk her for a few months. The sheep milk is a wonderful addition to goat and cow for a mixed milk cheese. I usually don't drink it (have goat and cow milk in quantity) but did taste it this…"
"Processing chickens isn't something I would advertise doing to make a living, but I do process Cornish X birds for my freezer every December. We, meaning a whole bunch of people, get together kind of like the Amish do at a barn raising and…"
"The only experience I have is from the two very large hives that are in trees in my back yard. They are very, very calm. What a wonderful job they do pollinating my acre! The drawback is that I am not able to harvest any honey, so having one hive…"
"I sold all the Marans within 6 hours but there will be new one hatching weekly. Call to put in your order. These turned out to be the best in many years as I added a new rooster who is improving the line."
"I live in Gilbert. There were 31 Marans and every one of them sold within 6 hours. I do have MORE in the incubator due to hatch in a few days and another batch the first week in April. following those will be the batch I start this weekend."
My Roman Tufted geese hatched this morning. Adorable, deep yellow fluff balls. The tuft on top of their heads make them even cuter! The Roman Tufted is the smallest of the geese breeds, by far the most gentle and quiet. Usually I allow them to hatch their own eggs but this year their nest was in the irrigation path. They have even allowed me to reach under them to take a baby. Most geese would have a fit but the Tufted are more easy going. I have raised them for many years to keep grass under…See More
"I own 4 cats which roam all over this acre. They never bother the free roaming hens, BUT chicks are another story. I hatch approximately 100 chicks every month and raise them for one week before selling them. The first three days they live in a…"
"You say you have a lot of friends who are questioning this stuff...........................as well they (and all of us ) should. Here I am, thinking I'm feeding my sheep, goats, pigs, chickens and turkeys fantastic food. When I read the feed…"
"My place is called Back In Time Farm, an acre which is home to meat and milk goats, meat and milking sheep, their kids and lambs, turkeys, chickens and their eggs,and pigs in the cool months, rounded out with all sorts of citrus and fruit trees…"
"I have milking goats and milking sheep (feta is made from sheep milk), chickens, eggs, turkeys, lambs and both meat and milk goats. There is a LEGAl way to get you raw goat milk. That is the ONLY way I help people out who are in need of it. You may…"
"Becky, I have approximately 200 chickens who roam free on an acre. Among the different breeds I raise I do have Rhode Island Red and the incubators to hatch up to 400 chicks. Perhaps I can be of some help. You can phone me a 480-892-2604 or e-mail…"
born and lived in rural Wisconsin 1940 - 1981, then moved to Gilbert where I have resided (same home) since then.This 1 acre provides fruit, citrus and vegetables year around. Beef and milk cows used to live here but now is home to 5 Kadathin sheep, 3 Nigerian dairy goats, 1 Boer goat, all who will lamb and kid in the next 2 months. I milk sheep and goats for milk to drink and make cheeses. There are 13 turkeys, some heritage breeds and some classic bronze. One of my interests is the study of genetics and breeding, hatching and growing of sex-link chickens. My flock consist of Rhode Island Red, Barred Rock, Leghorn, Rhode Island White and the beautiful Barnevelder. Every month I hatch about 90 sex-link and standard varieties of chickens. Rather than 'fancy' breed chickens, my focus is on the harty, calm, heavy egg producers of large brown eggs that are feed efficient. Most of the chicks I raise begin to lay eggs at 142 days of age and lay right through all seasons.
I don't use air conditioning and feel we can plant trees to shade our homes. No commercial fertilizer is used since it's easy and better to compost using animal waste, leaves and garden leftovers.
Most of the food I eat is home grown and canned. Homemade sausages and other 'old time' food processing methods are used. Hence, the name of my mini-farm of "Back In Time".
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You will be proud of me and happy to know that your chickens did not go to waste.
Monday night I roasted one of the birds (froze the other) for two hours to 160 degrees. I did leave in salted water for several hours first as you suggested. It was fall off of the bone delicious and the salt had done wonders to bring out the flavor.. Tuesday we had leftovers for Chicken Alla King, Last night I added peas, carrots and potatoes to the rest and made a pie. I also made stock from the carcass. It is in the freezer in two cup containers for the next time that I need it. Now that makes me happy!
I truly enjoyed spending time with you today. On the way home, I called my son and told him of my adventure. He laughed and said "Wow mom, it sounds like God is answering your prayer for a mentor." So, Bobbie what I told you when i left has already been confirmed. My email is email@example.com.
Steve was all ears listening to me go on about it when I got home. He said you sound like an incredible lady. I told him not to say that to your face or you would be embarassed.
Let me know when you would like to come by for some veggies and to have a look.
Steve and I normally go yardsaling on Saturday mornings. No yardsales today, so we went for a drive; looking at prospective properties. I enjoy drives in the rain, drinking coffee and goal setting. So far nothing is on the calendar for next Saturday. I will be there.
I am sure that you will not be processing chickens in the rain today. So just let me know when you intend on rescheduling. Can you provide me with your addres, please? I will write it down and have it for next time.
I will be happy to attend. I will sign up to be one of your students. If I can talk Steve into coming, he will only agree to watch. I just asked him and got only a grunt in response. At least he did not say "No". I am ever the optomist, I am sure that he will come. Count me in for 1 plus 1 maybe.
My husband Steve and I would love to come for a tour of your place. Saturday afternoons or Sundays are good for him. Any time after April 3rd. He is my support person in my whole veggie/small animal husbandry world. But after visiting a 1 acre farm this weekend, he is interested in purchasing a lot for ourselves. He is in the research stage. Smart man that he is, he would like more exposure to these ideas that