First, Welcome to our Farm. We appreciate the visit. Super cool of you to stop by.
Second; We're a SMALL farm. Seriously. Just 4 acres.
We're not what you would consider a "real" farm, by any means. This means we don't have 100ac., big combines or mountains of debt... cause we're not that kind of farm.
Alright. So if we're not a big farm, what are we?
We align more in the "Custom Hatchery" and local meat production type of farm.
We are not just someone sticking a few eggs in an incubator and selling what hatches.
We're also not a covid "pop-up" farm.
Being a small farm means that we're flexible, and able to change products rapidly while applying lots of attention to what we currently have "in stock". This means higher quality, more attention to detail, better communication with you, and more rapid turn around times.
Some of our history:
Back in 2016, we moved into this property. Back then, it was just a big grassy field that was only apt to being mowed. Spending time outside was somewhat miserable due to the bugs, and traffic noise.
In the next year, i began to think about what could make this property "useful"... and not just for growing grass. Animal Husbandry came to mind. To me, it seem that when people think of Animal Husbandry, their mind immediately goes to Cattle, Horses or Goats... definitely not waterfowl.
In 2017, we decided to get some chickens... Kim was hesitant to getting birds, since they're not "cute". Well, we ended up with 15 chicks, and grew them up to get us some eggs... until one morning, the wind blew open the coop door and Sly Mr. Fox was waiting. He took all of them except one. We replenished stock, and made the coop into a true Ft. Knox with aprons, wire, and electric fencing. For another year, we enjoyed eggs.
Early in 2018, I decided i needed a gander as i was seeing lots of hawk attacks. At this point, i realized waterfowl was the way forward for me. Most people hate keeping/growing waterfowl because they're "Messy" and "Stinky"... but if you know how to keep them and their requirements, they're no different than keeping chickens - Just way smarter!
Mid 2018, I went and picked up 15 American Buff geese from a man out in Western Maryland. This is my Main breed stock. These geese conform to the American Buff standard, and produce beautiful goslings. From here, i've been trying to source Pilgrim geese to expand my breed type. While i've got a few, Sourcing true Pilgrim geese is notoriously difficult. Most people believe they have Pilgrim geese, but they often turn out to be cross breeds or Toulouse/Embden which look very similar to the Adults(Females are Gray with Light Mottling, Males are Snow White with Gray Flourishes and Bright Blue Eyes.)
Around the same time, I acquired Indian Runner ducks. All of my Runners are Fawn And White. The Majority of birds I breed out are Runner ducks for pets and eggs, with a recent(2022) addition of White Muscovy Ducks for Meat production that supports a local restaurant.
I still keep Chickens for Egg, Chick and Feeder Production. All of my chickens are production breeds consisting of Rhode Island Reds and Whites with a stray other breed of chicken here and there.
At this point, we have somewhere around 150 birds fluctuating up and down. This is a lot of work, but, Variety is important to make this endeavor profitable in any way :)
We are NPIP Certified Avian Influenza and Pollurum Clean.
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No one's forcing you.