Fall update

Just a quick update: Shirley and Nellie had their litters of mangalista piglets in late July. They both had 8 piglets! We were amazed as mangalista typically only have 4-6. We are blessed! They are a great assortment of colors as well.

Shirley and Nellie with their 16 adorable piglets!
Mangalista piglets! We love their stripes and colors!
Tom the Turkey in all his glory.
Except his tail…the geese have jealousy issues and bite his tail feathers. Poor Tom.

Thanks for checking in with us! God Bless!

Did we get the wrong rabbits?

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One night we were talking to Kay’s mom about our plans for our rabbits. We currently have five New Zealand whites, two New Zealand reds, and two champagnes.

We explained to her that we planned on using them mainly for meat but also for show and helping others build their own rabbitry. We want to use the entire rabbit including the hides. We would like to get into tanning and using the hides to make blankets, gloves and hats. While talking to Kay’s Mom, Darrick was doing research and came across angora rabbits. Kay early on wanted to get angoras for their fiber but we never really did much research on selling the fiber. Darrick was surprised when he found that angoras are a dual-purpose rabbit! They are used for their fiber and meat.

Further research concentrated on the English/French angoras which are medium sized fiber rabbits. An English or French angora produces roughly 12-16 oz of fiber per year. This raw fiber (straight off the rabbit, not carded) can be sold for around $6-8 an ounce. If the fiber is carded it can be sold for $10-12 per ounce. High quality, hand plucked, carded fiber can go for up to $20 per ounce! We started adding up the numbers, looked at each other, and said in unison “We got the wrong rabbits!”

Angoras do take extra time and work to keep their coats clean and brushed. This process takes about 15-30 minutes a week per rabbit. Some breeders recommend daily brushing or at least a few times a week. It doesn’t seem like a lot but I’m sure it adds up quick when you start breeding them.

At this point, we are committed to our New Zealands and champagne d’argents as they will provide good quality meat for our family. However, I’m sure if we see a deal on a nice pair of angoras, we will make some room in our rabbit barn. Stay tuned as we will be looking at designing and building our barn this summer.

Thank you for following us on our journey. For anyone who has angoras or experience with them we would love to hear your pros and cons and any advice you may have.

God bless,

Darrick and Kay

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

~Proverbs 11:14

Chick Season 2023

Our American Bresse chicks have started to hatch! We are also incubating buff orpington, ducks, and turkeys.

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God bless!

New T-shirt Designs!

Click here to see the T-shirt and other items! When farm raised chickens finally know what they are worth

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Now time for a vote! Which one of these designs do you like best?

Put in the comment which blue chicken design is your favorite and we will put it on our shop for purchase!

How to make Pine needle Tea

Everyone knows how awful it feels to be sick and not want to go to the store to put chemically laden medicine in our already battling bodies. Our family enjoys a warm cup of pine Needle Tea during the winter months to boost our immune systems.

This is how our family enjoys our Pine needle tea.

A word of caution: some pines are toxic and it’s important to know that the needles you are harvesting are safe to use. Also there is a warning that pregnant and nursing moms should avoid it, most research doesn’t indicate why exactly but pine needles are both very high in vitamin C and vitamin A. There are warnings about too much vitamin A in pregnancy and young children Can be harmful so best to be on the side of caution and avoid or consult a doctor before consuming.
A safe alternative during this time is dandelion tea.

For my family we stick with red pine (Norway pine) which is abundant in our yard, and white pine we have by our farm a little walk away. My tip for you is to find the younger needles. They are smaller, softer, greener, and have more vitamins than older needles.

Heat up some water on the stove or in a kettle, you want it to be hot but not boiling as that can destroy the vitamins.
To prepare the needles there is really no wrong way. You can wash them first or not. If you want to break them into bits, or take off the needles from the twig, or stick the needles with the twig and all. All your choice.
I like to keep the needles on the twig because than it’s easier to clean up and I can use the softened needles later in pine needle crafts. Let the needles steep for 10-20 minutes in hot water and enjoy. We like to add honey and a cinnamon stick to our tea. Lemon juice is another good addition as it complements the already citrus-pine taste of the needles.

We hope you enjoy!
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Thank you and God bless.

New farm shorts!

We’ve started adding new farm shorts with our critters showing off their personalities! Come visit our YouTube channel to see more!

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God Bless!