Having a hard time making ends meat……

LOL.  Meat.  Well my last batch of broilers are growing slower than I would expect.  Must be the lack of daylight and lack of protein packed bugs in the pasture.  I need to deliver 40 broilers on Dec. 17th and I am afraid they will be on the light side.  Normally my broilers are around 3.5-4lbs, but my customer wants them even if they are only 2 lbs.  The dilemma is less weight less money, and this time of year it takes more feed to get them to weight.

Predators are still giving me fits.  99% are hawks and owls.   Strangest thing….a Redtail hawk flew into my electric net fencing.  The darn thing died.  I have NEVER had that happen before.

Lastly, with the lack of income (from broilers) over the winter I have decided to hang it up.  I am headed back into the corporate world.  Which means I probably wont be raising broilers again.  Part of me will miss it, and part of me is excited.  I am also debating whether or not I should sell off the dairy goat herd.  We thought there would be a law in place allowing us to sell raw milk by now.  It seems every year it gets stalled.  Goat shares are a PIA.  I wont get rid of my layers for sure.  I sold 50 dozen eggs last month, and could have sold 50 more.

Bottom line it is the HOLIDAYS!!!!!  Time to decorate the farm!!

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Grow room update….

So I have been extremely busy lately.  Seems this time of year I get bogged down.  Mostly because I love to hunt.  From Oct 12th thru November I cant really focus on much else.  The other irony in my life is I raise over 1000 meat birds a month, and I still buy my chicken from the grocery store.  Stupid I know.  Good thing is that 95% of the read meat I eat is venison.

Anyway back to the grow room.  Well the lettuce was a HUGE success.  We have been eating it for the last 4 weeks, and there is enough to last FOREVER. LOL.  The basil is also doing really well.  I have cut it backed 3 times over the last 30 days.  It grows so fast.

Well one thing this has taught us is that we can grow food year round.  Good food.  We have started cherry tomatoes and peppers as well.  Within the next few months the entire 15×15 room will be plants and lights.  The best part is we have only seen less than $2 increase in electric bill.

Hope this was informative.