Originally Posted by Fire Ant Farm
I managed to get away from work a little early today (cancelled meeting), so that I could finally drive across town to visit the local pasture seed provider, Douglas King Seeds (hours 8-5, Monday through Friday, so hard to get to them since I usually work those hours). Got myself a big 50# bag of forage blend to sow on my property for winter forage for the birds: Oats, winter wheat, triticale, cereal rye, hubam clover, crimson clover, yuchi arrow leaf clover, purple top turnips, daikon radish, and chicory. I'll broadcast it over my back acre and ask my big birds to be a little patient while it fills in, possibly staging with some moving paddocks to let them stretch their legs. The tractor birds I'll just have to work around.
Whenever things settle down enough for me to start my meat rabbits, this would be a pretty good fall/winter mix to grow for harvesting for them as well...
- Ant Farm
Mmm, sounds like you might have deer visiting that 'food plot'...
What meat rabbits are you considering, planning to get? That's my next move, dad always had them when I was growing up, mostly 'mutts', up to a hundred of them sometimes.
Are you going for the fastest best ones, or going for something different?
I personally like to be 'different', didn't think any were available in my state and I haven't found anyone that ships, checked breeder websites, nothing. Saw some at our county fair 4H show, American chinchillas! I was looking for the giant ones, but the American ones are rarer and faster growing, got their name and number. Just have to convince the wife, she doesn't think the kids will approve....(just don't tell them we are eating Mr. bunny) I'm sure they will love the meat, my kids ARE carnivores Lol!
Originally Posted by DesertChic
Hobby....source of "clean" non-industrialized food....survival rations....and most definitely, therapy. And given the calls I've been receiving from total strangers requesting eggs from me, I'm thinking it may become a secondary source of income in the very near future. Initially I sold extra eggs to just friends and family to help offset the feed costs, but now I'm getting requests from restaurant owners/managers for at least 6 dozen per week on top of the now 8 dozen I'm selling each week. And I've had two people ask me if I'll sell them butchered birds on a regular basis. My husband has now even stopped asking me what I'm going to do with all of these chickens.
Hmm, I haven't wanted to sell eggs, don't want to be bothered by it. Kinda thinking I might eventually sell meat birds, capons and the 'black meat' thingies.
Maybe I should try to turn this into a somewhat $ hobby.
Maybe I can get the wife to stop asking your last sentence...Lol!
Edited by Beer can - 11/5/15 at 9:25pm