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Greetings from Little Feather Farm

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by little feather, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. little feather

    little feather Hatching

    Feb 17, 2013
    Hi, My name is Willow Farwood, I am building Little Feather Farm, a heritage breeds conservancy and hatchery, near Libby, Montana.
    I am currently in the process of establishing flocks with a goal of production by late spring 2014.
    I have roughly 50 chickens and 4 turkeys.
    My breeds are, Americauna, Barred Rock, Buff Orpinton, Cuckoo Maran, and Lakenvelders.
    This spring,I will be increasing with silver laced and blue red laced Wyandottes, Rhode Island Reds, Leghorn, and Bantys; Silver Seabright, and Millfluer Barcles.
    My first flocks were test flocks. I wanted to see if these breeds would do well at 3500' elevation, and with Montana's wildly diverse weather, with a minimum of housing and care.
    When I say minimal, I am saying a well insulated coop, but no supplemental heat until it reaches 10° or lower, little additional lighting, and an excellent feeding programs.
    I have had little comb freeze problems, with the Marans, Barred Rocks, and Buff Orpington, and they have been producing eggs like crazy since January.
    My Marans and Americaunas are my favorites, for gentle temperament, the Barred Rocks are more dominant and aggressive, and the Buff Orpingtons are the sweetest birds of all.
    I had raised Wyandottes before, so I knew they would do well here, and like their personalities and productivity. The Leghorns, will be another cautious experiment, but I need a hardy white egger. My grandmother raised them in Northern Minnesota, and did well with them. My Lakenvelders have done well, even though that are reputed to be non-setters, my have been excellent broodies!
    This spring, I will also be getting more turkeys, ducks and geese. It promises to be Very busy here this year, at Little Feather Farm!
    Looking forward to getting to know you, Willow Farwood
    Bless the Beasts, all creatures great and small

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Little Feather Farm, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our community! Sounds like you are implementing a well thought out plan! Best of luck in the wilds of Montana!
  3. thasista

    thasista Songster

    Oct 25, 2011
    My Coop
    Hi from KY! It sounds like you are getting everything going well there!
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Norwegian Jaerhons are hardy layers of lots of very large, cream tinted eggs
  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  6. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. :thumbsup
  7. little feather

    little feather Hatching

    Feb 17, 2013
    Thank you, for your warm welcome, just wanted to share my poem with you!
    Little Feathers. By Willow Farwood
    Little Feathers, fluttering, fluffing by,
    Scratching, scratching, eye on the sky,
    Chuckle, cluckle, cheep, and crow,
    Gobble, gobble, strutting to and fro,
    Hens heads turn, graceful bow,
    Setting, hatching, the hens know how,
    Chicks, come, come, a treat for you,
    Poults, gangly grace, come running, too,
    Season after season, master and flock,
    Listen to the lifebeat, of nature's clock!
    Willow Farwood. Little Feather Farm, (dreaming of spring, poults and chicks)
    Bless the Beasts, all. Creatures, great and small!

  8. S&N Livestock

    S&N Livestock Songster

    Mar 17, 2009
    southern ohio
    [​IMG] from Ohio
  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Love your avatar flock. Welcome to BYC.

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