Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy 2013! I can't believe how fast this past year went on the farm.

2012 was an interesting year, here are a few highlights:

  • We added our flock of guineas to the farm
  • We hatched our first turkey poults and ducklings on the farm
  • Our featherman got quite a workout, as we started doing more bird processing for other people on the weekends
  • We doubled our Thanksgiving turkey sales, thanks mostly to our ability to hatch our own chicks!
  • We added 2 new kitties to the farm (Murphy and TwoThreeSix)
  • We started taking credit card payments!
  • We had our wild turkey, who we call the Turkey King, come by for a visit and decide to stay for the rest of the year.
  • We said goodbyes to Lucy, Velma, Daphne and Jan - four of our ewes.
  • We had a turkey take a 65MPH ride down 287 on the roof of our car (and subsequent safe ride home in the back of our station wagon)
  • We had to raise prices this year due to the cost of chicken feed going up
  • I named one of every bird, Bjork (just waiting for some new lambs, so I can name a ewe lamb Bjork, too)
  • We built a new feeder on the turkey shed and the duck house.
We are in the very short winter lull. Doesn't feel much like a lull when it comes to going out in the freezing cold to feed the birds and make sure everyone has water. I will be placing my bird orders soon, and since we just sold out of all our chickens, I will be increasing our bird quantities for the coming year, too, in the hopes we can satisfy our growing customer base.

So what's next on the farm, in 2013?

  • We'll be planning our spring planting, coming in February
  • We'll be calculating feed prices and possibly adjusting our meat and egg prices again
  • We are investigating organic poultry feed, so that we can see how the pricing would work out and if our customers would be interested in truly organic poultry products
  • We'll be cleaning out our incubator and our brooder, to get ready for baby chicks
  • We'll be looking for a Dorper or Katahdin ram to breed to our ewes
  • We may be putting together a slightly unique CSA model for our regular customers, something that will give them a deal, and first dibs at your favorite products!
  • We'll be trying to stay warm until the sun comes out and warms up the farm again!