April 24, 2013 @ 10:15 AM
Our flock lived in an enormous netted aviary with natural trees, ground cover, plentiful roosts, shade, rocks, cubbyholes and heated winter shelters.
They had fresh air, sunshine, fresh food, clean water, and the opportunity to engage in every aspect of natural behavior including flight, but excluding incubating their own eggs (since my business is collecting and blowing their eggs for sale).
Many of the birds lived out their natural lifespan in our care, or were given to fellow-feeling farmers. When the time came to butcher, we used a method that was, by far, the most humane, respectful, and quick process, ever.
Our birds came full circle, and we appreciated them every step of the way. We didn't de-beak, ......
April 17, 2013 @ 10:12 AM
Our chicks came from New Mexico and Midwestern hatcheries, and although many of the breeds of pheasant, partridge, and quail originated long ago in Asia, China, and parts East… all of our birds were Born In The USA.
Our feathers are either from our own birds or bought directly (and unprocessed) from like-minded farmers. I am pleased to be able to offer feathers that are 100% domestically grown.
I sort, wash, dry, and temperature treat, the feathers myself (I also clean the eggs, of course.) Through my process, I can guarantee that the feathers are clean, sanitized, and bug free... using no harmful chemicals. Buyers must, however, continue to protect the feathers using proper natural bug repellents (cedar......
April 10, 2013 @ 10:10 AM
When we first started with chickens, years before the organic movement, we were dismayed to find that easily accessible commercial feeds contained horrible ingredients like animal by-product, antibiotics, and pesticides.
If we wanted a feed that contained only grain, and the right balance of minerals, we would have to make our own, which was a daunting task, and we didn't take it on.
When we came back to backyard poultry farming several years later, we were delighted to find feed containing only grains and minerals, due to the conscientious efforts of other farmers, growers, and manufacturers in New Mexico.
Knowing that fresh, leafy greens were critical to good flock health, we went knocking on the.........
April 3, 2013 @ 10:06 AM
Once Upon A Flock is not only the perfect book to have in hand while starting up a chicken project, it is also a great bedtime story for children... the kind to read while snuggled together, side by side, so that we can see the beautiful pictures! (plus, there's more to see once we've finished the book because Lauren has an excellent blog)
Lauren is an illustrator, and it is her photographs and whimsical illustrations that gives a third dimension to the book, taking it beyond the world of story telling and information sharing.
Lauren and her family went through a chick hatching experience, nursed a sick chicken back to health, and successfully managed adding a new hen to her small flock. We get to go......