Originally Posted by Sweetpea3829
Yeah, his place was clean. He didn't do anything wrong...the charges were trumped up baloney charges. He was accused, last February/March of not providing a heated barn, not having ice free water, and not having constant access to food. All things that a farmer deals with in the dead of winter. His horses were impounded because they had slightly overgrown hooves. This, despite two separate veterinarians certifying that the horses were in good shape and passed hydration tests. But they left his pigs, that they said had frostbitten ears.
The charges were recently dropped. But he still had to pay 9k or some such ridiculous number in restitution to the horse rescue. Which was another ridiculous thing...the horse "rescue" Peaceful Acres, attempted to extort huge sums of money out of him. They lost their case, but as part of the charges being dropped, he had to pay them the 9K.
It was ridiculous and nearly ruined him. So by all means folks...if you want to buy CSA shares or fresh local meat, etc....go visit Josh's farm.
I did see the report and I agree things looked misleading. I googled it. I must have missed it on TV.
As for the report of feces in the water, given the right time of day you might see poop in my chickens waters. I have this one hen who likes to stand ON the waterer. I think she does it to keep everyone else away. I really should just wring her neck and eat her. I don't like not nice birds.
I check them throughout the day of course but come morning there might be poop. This is why I use the black tubs because I can break the ice out and all the gunk at the bottom comes with it. Need and clean. It's also why i don't keep 15 gallon waters. 1gal. or 2gal is sufficient and I keep multiple tubs so no one is chased away. Same with feeders.
Point being he may not have gotten to tend things before they came to check.
Frost bitten ears are hard to prevent this time of year. I don't usually have a problem but this year was very cold.
Birds that for some, may not have gotten bit in the past winters may be suffering this year.
Anyhow I would still recommend Josh for chicks.
Keep in mind folks I'm a trader, so I will trade for some labor. I got all the tools and it doesn't take long to clean a coop. About two three wheelbarrows full. Or a couple of wheelbarrow fulls from the runs to the compost pile.