Hey All! I decided to check in on you all here and noticed that a couple of you were wondering where I've been. I've been super busy with business and the farm over the last couple of months. I am finalizing my largest project of the year and it seems like lately, every one of my customers is needing print work. I'm so busy that I can't even get anything done!
We just moved our 3rd mobile unit out to pasture with our latest batch of pullets earlier this week. What a relief to get them all moved as they were taking over the yard. However, I don't think I have any more weeds, or moss in the flower beds as the hens seriously worked the yard over. Now we have to hurry and get everything cleaned all up to prepare for our spring chicks.
We have also reached the bittersweet moment of having to decommission our Unit 1 group of old hens and send them to market. I just have to remember that I saved those old girls from a really poor situation and gave them a good end to their life. I admit that I will miss those crazy old girls but I can't feed non-producing hens forever unless I want to lose everything.
Our ducks are nearly full size and pretty much the most adorable little stinkers ever! We adopted a couple of young ducks that were already laying to get a jump on the egg production around here. One thing I can say is that ducks are NOT like chickens. Temporarily they are living in our meatie chicken tractor which is open and they can see outside. Chickens are fine with this setup but ducks aren't. Holy moly, they would yell and run circles all night whenever a car drives by, a porch light goes on or off, every time the bathroom light turns on or off. After many sleepless nights, we enclosed the thing so they can't see out and finally we can all sleep. I would put this under the Duck 101 section of things you must know. Lol!
The egg business is awesome! Every egg is sold as soon as it is laid still. I have even found homes for my smalls and cracked/pecked eggs. It is nuts!! We are loving this business for sure. However, we would love it even more if it would stop raining occasionally for more than an hour. Goodness me everything is so soaked and muddy. It is a miserable mess here in Oregon. I know we needed the rain, but did we really need it all at one time?!