Saturday, September 10, 2016

School On, New Puppy, & Peak Production Time

It has been a while since have checking in. For the most part, summer with two kids at home is a time spent primarily just keeping up. Now that school has started, my Daughter is in 1st grade and my Son just started preschool, there has been a bit more time to push projects along and catch-up. We also picked up a new puppy. Meeka was born on a farm and is a border collie and rat terrier (?) cross. She is a four-month-old ball of energy.

Son at Preschool

Daughter Playing with New Puppy

Meeka the Puppy

The first thing to get caught up on was getting birds out of the brooders and into pens and the sunshine. This meant getting a new pen built for the new laying chickens  (37 of them). I built this new 8x8 chicken; it should accommodate 40 birds or around 15 to 20 turkeys depending on age.

New Brooder Frame

New Brooder With Steel

Moving New Brooder Out To Field

Moving Layers Out to Pen

We also got turkeys ranging inside a poultry net barrier. The hard part has been getting them to use their portable roost at night.

Turkey's Ranging

Lastly, we got the 180 broilers in the brooder outside this week. Now the brooder is empty for the year.  That puts us at peak production for the year.    

Daughter Helping to Move Turkeys

 Filling-up the Pen

Peak Poultry (Broilers, Layers, Turkeys)

Peak Poultry (Broilers, Layers, Turkeys)

We also have two beef going into the locker this week. So we have pretty much everything available and if if it is not available, it will be soon. Stay tuned and we will try to keep you posted as we progress into the fall. 

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