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less laying hens

Posted by Brian Longeway on June 15, 2013 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (2)

Came home from work to find several hens laying dead on the grass.  only have about 20 laying now instead of 30. got some work done on the new garden areas. took the first bunch of broilers to the colony to get butchered. Debbies mom still fighting her cancer for a bit longer. Still busy at work so not a lot of work getting done on new things on the farm. still planning the green house.

june 2nd update

Posted by Brian Longeway on June 2, 2013 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

May was a very busy month at work for me work 131 hrs 10-25may. worked from apr22 to may 25 without a complete day off. Debbie has spent about 3 weeks staying with her mother(cancer). Kevin,Katie and Brad also very busy at work.

lost a few broilers to ??  cats  ?? ravens  ??, sickness??,their pen was fully enclosed to keep their predators out about 1400 trees planted, 600 in garden for a nursery for now. still managed to collect some usable thing

a new garden was started just east of the house cardboard around the edges , then compost and dirt from the old garden, then the rains came and delayed things.

few tomatoes coming on the plants my brother started for us.

 donkeys and llamas locked in upper pasture until trees fenced,

 grand daughter Sammy almost stepped on a porcupine

 the Calgary gardners have started their experimental garden by the small house.

 Kevin attented a rocket mass school/building seminar this past  weekend.

 2nd group of broilers are located in the east end of the old dairy barn, we build a new home for  them there last weekend

collected 10 cubes of rain water from the house roof, again we were not completely set up so a lot was missed

eggs... Mandy has been selling all the pullet eggs in Carstairs, about 25 a day

last weekend  Kevin and I went to a open house  for a dome green house, hoping to get a green house operational by fall and winter heat it with a rocket mass heater

Busy week April 15-21

Posted by Brian Longeway on April 21, 2013 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (4)

This week at CrocusWay Farm

Our 100 broiler chicks arrived this week ,Brad picked up the 25 laying pullets Saturday. met Dawn and her healthy veggies at the Carstairs trade show saturday. we have a few tomatoe and pepper plants that my brother started for us in Crossfield. I attended a clay paint (the healthy paint) work shop in Calgary. Today we are going to meet some Alberta Aquaponics people in Calgary and someone is bringing out a great pyrenees pup for Kevin and Katie to see/keep. it was an interesting and very imfomative couple hours. lots more to think about before we make a commitment. Kevin met with few freinds in Calgary who are going to use a bit of garden space out here.

2013 plot plans

Posted by Brian Longeway on February 28, 2013 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Some plot plans for 2013

plot  AA  picture 1  east of trees and in trees....chicken range

plot  B picture 24/ 1   southside of trees...raspberrys, grapes,

plot  B       "         "  1   east of and start of

plot   D   picture 27/  1  old garden.... plant buckwheat or other small grain

plot DDD   picture  30....zone2....east end of old garden.....sunflowers  for dust protection

plot  E   picture 31/34 ...  zones 1&2   south of old trees .....  potatoes other  garden

plot  F    picture  32/33....zones  1&2   south of second lane....more garden  possible rent space

plot   FF   picture 35/ 4.....east part of 30 acre field...hay and small grains for feed

plot  FFF  picture 5....west part of 30 acre field.....livestock feed

plot  L      picture 4.....west of steel grain bins.......sunflowers for chicken feed

plot SS 1.......the storage C-can is now located here

plot WW&Z..                  .....zones 1/2....chicken area

plot   Z      picture 74........zones 2/3/4....west of old sheep  barn......chicken range

plot ZZ  pictures 75/77.....zones 3........north of sheep  barn................chicken pasture



Chickens 2.0

Posted by Brian Longeway on February 12, 2013 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Ok so here goes my first Blog attempt.

As Dad mentioned we did a trial run with some meat chickens, by which I mean chickens that are raised over a 8-14 week period strictly for the purpose of butchering for meat. We order in the chicks from UFA which is supplied by a hatchery up in Westlock. The hyrbid breed is Cornish Rock giants which are bred to grow fast and do they ever. Within 9.5 weeks last year they were up to 11 lbs on average which gives a dressed out weight of 6-7 lbs. We take them to the Irricana Colony which is a federally licensed abattoir.

We gave ours an outdoor pen to suppliment their measured food with bugs and grass and they grew faster than expected so this year we will take them in a little sooner, aiming for 5lb birds.

The experiment went very well and this year we are ramping it up as a number of friends and family expressed interest in purchasing some chickens. We are going to move to an organic feed for the birds which will raise the quality of the meat and brother Brad aka The Chicken Boss is interested in raising meal worm to further supplement their diet.

I did an experiment with beef broth from the local beef we bought and feeding it to the egg laying hens, they loved it and whether it is due to weather changes of the added proteins they are laying more eggs consistently and not eating their own eggs.

We posted on facebook about selling the chickens and had about 30 people reply, so we will build an email list and contact them to confirm. We did 50 last year and think we could grow to 150 and do that a couple times throughout the summer if the demand is there.

by Kevin