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Poultry Raising Seminar

We have a few species here on the farm and would like to try and cover all of them in a two hour class. 

Depending on the season we will have broad breasted breeds of turkeys as well as some heritage breeds.  We have Muscovy ducks and usually all summer we have lots of ducklings in various stages of growth.  Our chicken flock consists of many “farm hens.  Many are crossbreeds hatched here on the farm.  A few are hatchery bought purebreds but most are just our fun crosses.   Throughout the warmer months we usually have pastured meat birds.

We would like to cover the following points for each species:

 

·         Choosing your stock

·         Housing (species specific and group housing)

·         Cleaning

·         Feed options

·         Health care and illnesses

·         Hatching eggs (via a broody bird or an incubator)

·         Raising meat birds

·         Butchering

·         Egg collection and storage

·         Free-range vs penned

·         Michigan laws regarding selling butchered birds and eggs

Each group of attendees will receive free-range eggs to take home!  Taste the difference if you haven’t experienced free-range eggs before.

Fees:

$ 25 per adult person (17+)

$ 5 per child under 17

Supervised children under 5 are free

Discounts-10% multi-class can be applied to this seminar

Class Size:

Minimum:  8

Maximum:  None

Age Requirements:

None

Dress Code Recommendations:

Weather appropriate attire is suggested. 

 

 

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Farm Production Totals

Wow...I'm WAY behind in posting totals.  I guess 2017 will be a better year.  ;)

2017

(last update 6/22/17)

Meat: 0

Vegetables/fruits: 48#

Eggs (chicken only):  1038

Honey: 0

Maple Syrup: 0 (this year is a bust)

Fiber: 2.94 oz

Babies born/hatched: 97

Jars into the pantry (dehydrated and canned): 16

Milk: 20+ gallons (I haven't been keeping track very well!)

New Additions:  12


2015

 

(last update 10/31/15)

 

Meat: 362#

Vegetables/Fruit: 551.88#

Eggs: 1918

Honey: 28#

Maple Syrup:  2 gallons

Angora Fiber:

Babies Born/hatched:  157

Jars into the pantry: 113

Milk: 16 gallons

New additons:  60 (plus a nuc of bees)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

Meat: 240#

Vegetables/Fruit: Didn't keep track

Eggs: 3348

Honey: 1 pint

Maple Syrup: None

Angora Fiber: 5 oz

Babies Born/hatched: 168

Jars into the pantry: 150

Milk: 5 gallons