Saturday, May 17, 2008
Farm UpdateCategory: Farm Tidbits
Author: 5 Chicks and a Farmer
This has been an exciting week on the farm.
Our pastured pigs are doing excellent. Jason took on the task of putting together this feeder. It was a MAJOR task. This feeder came in a million pieces with hardly any directions. But, since I have a brilliant hubby he more than conquered putting this thing together. He mastered it. The pigs seem to love it.
We feed our pigs 100% organic grain that is specifically made for our pigs by Coyote Creek Farm. Our pigs are also on pasture at all times free to roam and root on several acres.
Jason thinks we will have pigs ready to butcher by the end of this summer. If you are interested in our pastured pork, feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me (email@example.com) and I will get in touch with you when they are ready.
The great thing for us is that there aren't any other farms around who raise pastured pork and finish pigs. Even within the state of Texas the supply is sparse, but the demand is great. We plan on offering bacon, ham steaks, pork chops, pork loin, along with various other cuts of pork. Bring on the bacon! I can't wait to have bacon in our home again!
We moved our 300 pullets (female chicks less than one year) out to pasture a few days ago too. Jason and I took on this project as our weekly 'togetherness project'. It was filled with lots of laughs.
They outgrew the brooder house and were ready to be on grass. Jason fenced in a paddock with electrified netting and built these nifty houses for them to use as shelter. We are keeping these close to the barn for now in order to protect them from the pesky hawks we have around here.
All of these pullets will be our laying hens so our egg supply is about to increase enormously. We are currently selling out of eggs every single week.
When these pullets are big enough, the plan is that they will rotate behind our cows in the paddock the cows just finished grazing on and break up the organic matter (a.k.a. poo) and also fertilize the ground with their poo. Chickens are also amazing at eating bugs so this also helps with flies. Our bug population has drastically decreased since we've had chickens on our land.
The first litter of pigs are doing great! They are up and moving around with their momma, Lucy. Lucy is an excellent momma. It is so cool to see these little guys grow extremely fast.
These are photos of our newest litter that Ethel had. The two runts that I mentioned in the previous post are doing great. I am very optimistic that they are going to make it! The Fern in me is very happy about this. The little runt that injured his leg is getting around good enough to nurse.
These are the precious kittens that need homes. We have some that are spoken for already, but we have 3 litters to get rid of so there are plenty to go around. We will be heeding Bob Barker's advice in having our pets spayed or neutered. This could quickly get out of hand couldn't it?
Things are pretty busy around here, which is the way that we like it. We are getting ready to go from production stage to now getting geared up to start selling our products. I will be posting about some exciting news for our growing farm soon! Stay tuned!