Eggstravaganza

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Eggstravaganza

We had a great time at the first winter Foothills Farmer's Market in Shelby this past Saturday. It was great to see everyone come out and show their support. All the vendors brought a bounty of fresh veggies, meats, and eggs.  If you couldn't make it, be sure to mark your calendar for the next market on February 11th.

If you can't make it to the next winter market, or can't wait until then, give us a call to get some eggs and see what produce we have available. Our hens have been laying up a storm lately, so there are eggs-a-plenty!

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Signs of Spring

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Signs of Spring

We're happy that spring is here, everything is coming back to life, lots of green beginning to emerge, and flowers blooming everywhere. The bees, surely enjoying the abundance of fruit blossoms, are busy pollinating away. Its looking like we may have a nice crop of peaches, pears, apples, and blueberries this year!

Bees aren't the only busy insects on the farm. While watering in the greenhouse, we noticed lots of ladybug eggs on the undersides of the kale. It looks like the beneficial insect habitats we created are really helping to increase their population.

These little yellow clusters are ladybug eggs that will soon hatch to devour the red and green aphids surrounding them.

These little yellow clusters are ladybug eggs that will soon hatch to devour the red and green aphids surrounding them.

Besides kale, there are lots of other veggies getting a good start as it warms up. Peas, beets, carrots, lettuce, onions, cilantro, mache, and so much more.

We really enjoyed seeing everybody come out to the Shelby Farmer's Market over the winter and are looking forward to the spring opening on April 9th. We'll be there with lots of fresh veggies and eggs, so stop by and say hello!

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New Arrivals

It has been pretty busy on the farm this summer and its hard to believe we are already getting ready for fall. This week we began planting greens, beets, carrots and such, but a few weeks ago we were lucky enough to welcome eight new flock members. Two mama hens proudly introduced four chicks each, and just a week apart! There has been almost no end to the cuteness around here as the babies explore and get into all kinds of trouble.


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Upgrading the Chicken Wagon

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Upgrading the Chicken Wagon

Our pasture raised eggs come from hens living a mobile lifestyle. We regularly move the chickens to new ground, and that of course requires chicken housing that is equally mobile. Their first house we built out of some scrap materials was a nice little shack that could be dragged around pretty easily with a tractor, but since we're getting ready to expand our flock, something a little roomier was necessary. We love our girls and are grateful for what they do, so we want to make sure that everyone has plenty of room to kick back and relax after a hard day at work.

We found this '69 Volunteer Camper that needed some tlc, and got to work making the necessary repairs and upgrades in order to get it pasture ready.

The kitchen, cabinets, seating, and shower got swapped out for roosts and some nice new nest boxes. A few repairs, security measures implemented, and a fresh new layer of wood chips on the floor and the girls were ready to move in.

Checking out the new place.

Checking out the new place.

"I got top bunk"

"I got top bunk"

Everyone seems to be pleased with their new home so far. We've been collecting lots of fresh yummy eggs from the nest boxes every day as the wagon keeps rolling along through the pasture. Having a mobile coop has been great for both the chickens and the farm as a whole. They are helping us fertilize and maintain the pasture & orchard, supplying us with beautiful eggs, and at the same time they get fresh food, mental stimulation, and a healthy atmosphere.

Sharing is caring.

Sharing is caring.

Lots of new places to hang out.

Lots of new places to hang out.

Plenty of shade underneath.

Plenty of shade underneath.

Now that we're ready to accommodate more birds it shouldn't be too long before there are some new hens on the farm. They won't be quite ready to hang out with the big girls in the pasture, but there are sure to be lots of cute pics as they grow and get ready.



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