It may still look like the dead of winter outside, but in the farmhouse and barn there is so much coming this year!
We exposed three of our Tunis ewes to our Tunis ram last October and now we are expecting anywhere from 3-6 lambs mid-to-late March. Our best guess says that we will have 5 this year based on the characteristics of our sheep breed, but we shall see what comes when lambing begins. We are hoping for a mixture of ewe lambs to grow our small flock, and a couple of ram lambs to butcher in the fall to offer customers looking for high-quality, grass-fed meat. As we eagerly await lambing, we are also planning for our upcoming poultry season.
Broiler Chickens Available to the Public
Last year we did a trial run of meat chickens (called broilers), we grew out 25 birds, and we learned a lot in the process. Those birds were the most tasty chickens we have ever had, and the bone broth…to die for! This year we will stay the course raising pastured birds, fed organic (or organic transitional) no soy/no corn feed, but we will be expanding the operation to a few hundred meat birds. Two separate batches of birds are ready for reserving and will be available in approximately July and October.
Eggs!! Everyone wants to know about the eggs! Let me say this, this past year has been a transition for us from a small backyard hobby to a full on farm business. We have enjoyed producing some of our own food and are working towards having more available for you, our customers. This year we will be doing a fresh restart on our egg laying flock with chicks this spring that will likely begin laying in August! Many people don’t know that eggs are naturally quite seasonal. Chickens need a minimum of 14 hrs of daylight to lay eggs. So as winter turns to spring, the flock we currently have will be laying more and more.
Looking Forward to 2018
All in all this year is shaping up to be filled with new adventures and many new friends of the feathered and four legged variety! We hope you’ll join us along the way and become part of our farm community (follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube)! We are also very much looking forward to sharing the fruits of our labors later this year, so stay tuned and be on the lookout for an upcoming Open Farm Day! We would love to have you come for a visit!