We raise a few different varieties of turkey, mainly Bourban Reds and White Hollands. We chose these breeds because they are hardy heritage birds that reproduce naturally. We are working on breeding some larger white hens with our standard white toms to produce a slightly larger bird, but smaller than commercial strains, that will also breed naturally as the commercial toms cannot breed on their own. We do not medicate or vaccinate our birds. We desire our birds to be as natural as we can get them. Our breeding birds stay in an enclosed area so that we are able to collect eggs without worry of predators. As soon as the market birds are ready to leave the protection of the brooding area, they are put out on the range. We are striving to produce our own supplemental grains for health, quality, and sustainability purposes. Because one of our long term goals is to be certified natural farm, we would like to grow all of the feed for our animals ourselves. The less squeaky men-folk are working on raising worms and bugs to supplement the protein needs of our poultry, especially during months when bugs are harder to find.
We sell live adult birds at $75 each.
We are hoping to have planned processing days throughout the year, but are also willing to process on a by order basis with a pre-paid non-refundable $20 per bird deposit. Processed turkeys are sold for $4.50 per lb.
We have chosen to raise a dual-purpose breed chicken, which means they can be used both as egg layers and as meat birds. Because they are dual purpose, our chickens take longer to reach maturity for both meat and egg laying. We raise almost completely Buff Orpington chickens, with a few Dominiques mixed in because the children really liked their colors and rose combs. Both of these birds are great foragers though, and are sustained mostly by free-range eating. We do have a fixed coop and run where they stay at night, which we have chosen for their protection as we have had problems in the past with predators. We have found this form of protection along with additional property fencing to have helped in the security and welfare of the birds. It also gives the hens a safe and clean place to lay their eggs free from predation.
We have limited availability of meat birds as we mostly use them for our own family. If we do plan to offer any in future processing we will send out an email to those on our list and offer them on a reserved basis.
We have brown chicken eggs available for $3.50 dz.
We incubate and raise our birds ourselves, allowing us to choose the best birds for reproducing, and also play with our "Buffriques". We do offer chicks for sale at $1.50 per bird with a $.50 price increase per week till 12 weeks. Chicks are available straight-run only. Live poults and roos are available for sale at 12-16 weeks, sexed depending on maturity, $16 for poult hens and $10 for young roos. We process roos at 16-20 weeks and send young hens in at the same age to begin laying with the main flock. We sell processed chickens whole for $4.00 lb.
We currently have a large number (between 150-200) of a variety of live heritage breed roos (we call them frying pan roos) FOR SALE for a limited time. They were hatched May 15, 2013, and are nearly ready for processing or for pest control.
We raise both ducks and geese, all from our own hatchings. We chose to raise Peking duck which are great meat birds and wonderful egg layers. We chose Buff American geese for their meat and foraging qualities, as well as alarm birds as they let us know with very loud honking when man or beast enters the farm perimeter. The ducks have been a personal project of one of our sons. They are very hardy (read eat everything they can get their beaks on) and serve many purposes here on our farm. They mature very quickly at 8 weeks. Both ducks and geese are used (in addition to the other farm poultry) to keep our insect populations in check. We keep the waterfowl in the planting area during the colder months to eat any grubs (various beetle larvae) before they grow and hatch with the intent of feasting on our produce crops. After the pigs have tilled the soil, or we have turned it in, the waterfowl come through and pick out any and all bugs to their delight (the birds, not the bugs). They have also been highly instrumental in helping to reduce our fire-ant populations, the geese seem to love them. We also let them into the garden at select times to help with any weeding. These birds are great workers here and are instrumental to our natural growing processes.
We are able to get a steady supply of very tasty duck eggs each day. They are considerably larger than chicken eggs, richer, and healthier. Please see this site here for a comparison of the nutrition values of chicken and duck eggs. Duck eggs are wonderful for eating, and absolutely fabulous in baking.
Duck eggs are available for $6.00 per dozen on the farm and $6.50 off. Occasionally we have duck and goose meat available, however, we use their meat primarily for our family. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing live birds, we can hatch our ducklings with a reservation/purchase of $6.00 per bird with a $2 increase per week till 8 week maturity. Live mature ducks (8 weeks) are $25 each and mature geese are $60-80 (depending on age from 3-9 months) unsexed or $200 for a breeding pair, which will be at least 1 year old when they begin to lay and mate in the spring the year following their hatching. The availability of adult waterfowl is very limited, please email us and we will let you know what we have available.
Note the pig mobile in the background of the first picture. They were just moved and the ducks and geese were flapping with excitement at the prospects of their freshly turned buffet.
We currently have a pair of guineas, with hopes that they will bring us more. These birds are super at bringing down the pest bugs as well, especially the ticks which we are particularly not fond of. We are incubating our first guinea eggs and are praying for successful addition to our bug removal workers. They also, like the geese, serve as alarms for any living creatures whom they team as unwelcome into their range area.
While we hope that our pigs do not stay small for long, they are an important part of our farming process. We built a pigmobile to house and move the pigs as they work and grow. We pull and move them every 1-2 days, depending on how long it takes them to turn over the ground and eat up any roots as well as turn in organic materials. We do not use synthetic herbicides, fertilizers, or pesticides, so most of our animals serve to aid in those areas. The pigs help us to build up the soil through organic tilling and weed eating, as well as help to remove roots and stumps from areas that are being prepared for new growing beds. They also reap the benefits of any of Mama's left-overs and test dishes. We have been pleased to add them to our farm work force.