It’s funny. We are in the midst of getting our meat animals off to their final destination and at the same time, planning for next years animals. We originally wanted to raise our own meat and vegetables and the sheep were Kaylin’s projects. We then discovered that people liked and wanted the product we had … More Looking forward
Sometimes, you just gotta say “ouch”.
61 Days and counting down! That is till Spring. We put Jewell the bunny in her brooder with a nesting box last night. Keep your fingers crossed. I’m getting a heat lamp for her this afternoon. Luna will go in her brooder and nesting box on Monday. She is definitely pregnant. Lost another hen the … More Spring IS Coming
We got our last 25 chicks in for the 2012 season. We’ll be sharing these with Marty and Mary Ann from A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm. We all lost chickens in the last month or so due to one reason or another. With the cost of grain and food going up, we want to make … More Last chicks arrive
Here at Pleasant View Farm we practice pasture rotation which includes our poultry as well as the sheep. This is otherwise known as “making sure the Beck-Henges family spends several hours a day outside, rain or shine.” The current set-up: laying hens are at their summer camp in the revamped playhouse now summer chicken house; … More Visitor in the grass
Two women and their daughter live on this farm…sounds like the opening of a joke. The joke was on us today! First off, our six turkey chicks are growing in leaps and bounds. At least 4 if not 5 now exhibit male behavior of fluffing their feathers and strutting around the stall. The males get … More Testosterone and the Farm
We invented the poultry shuffle last night. This is the way it goes. 1. Move the broilers to the stall. They depart June 1 (thank goodness!) 2. Move the layer pullets to their new chicken tractor: We’ll move this around the yard so they can mow and eat grass while … More Poultry Shuffle
We welcomed, though temporarily for some, 100 new Barred Silver cockerels to the farm today! The little balls of fluff arrived safely from Reich Poultry in Pennsylvania. Fifty of the little guys will head off to a new home tomorrow while another 40 will be raised by Patty and I for 3 or 4 weeks … More New Chicks on the Block
This weekend was a chance to catch up on farm chores. We cleaned the chick brooders out and gave our new laying pullets a chance for some some fresh grass, bugs, and sunshine. This week, I’ll build a chicken tractor and get them out of the barn and onto semi-free range where they belong!
We knew when we bought the Cornish X Rocks that this would just be an experiment. We had heard horror stories about the broilers from others, dying at week 9, messy, not nice. We are now into week 4 and wanted to post an update. We switched the Cornish X over to a grower feed … More Chicken experiment
Back on Peaks Island, we started raising hens for eggs. The four ladies treated us well and we had enough eggs that Kaylin was able to sell a couple dozen a week for 4-H money. When we found out we were moving our here to the farm, we put in an order at Paris Farmers … More Our beautiful eggs
I love our ladies. All 10 of them. And it is with love that we let them out everyday to peruse the yard in search of bugs and grains. We recently began work on our very overgrown grape and kiwi arbor and noticed lots of fruit on the ground. Since we free range the chickens … More Free ranging chickens