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

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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Holz Hausen woodpile

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A circular German woodpile laid this way to increase air circulation and dry the wood evenly.

2022 summer update

We’ve had a busy summer! Along with adding our 5th baby to our family, this is our first year with breeding mangalista pigs and adding turkeys, ducks, geese, and bresse chickens to our flock. So exciting!

So far we have “the best tasting chicken in the world” (Bresse), “best tasting pig in the world” (mangalista), one of the most rare colors of new Zealand rabbits (red). Some of our friends have suggested we get wyagu beef (“best tasting beef”). What are some other of the best tasting animals in the world? If you know any please put in the comments for us to consider.

Curly (mangalista boar) thoroughly enjoying his treat!
Tom “the magnificent”
New baby ducks!
American Bresse chickens
New Zealand reds
Our flock!

Our garden, amongst the chaos, isn’t as fruitful as past years but we did manage some decent crop of green beans and strawberries.

Our plethora of red and black new Zealand, and champagne d Argent bunnies will be ready for new homes very soon! We will post about them, along with a pricing list, soon!

God bless,

Darrick and Kay

2022 summer update

We’ve had a busy summer! Along with adding our 5th baby to our family, this is our first year with breeding mangalista pigs and adding turkeys, ducks, geese, and bresse chickens to our flock. So exciting!

Our garden, amongst the chaos, isn’t as fruitful as past years but we did manage some decent crop of green beans and strawberries.

Our plethora of red and black new Zealand, and champagne d Argent bunnies will be ready for new homes very soon! We will post about them, along with a pricing list, soon!

God bless,

Darrick and Kay