I am always looking forward to the coming of true springtime in Arkansas. If you are an Arkansas native, you know exactly what I am talking about. We have had several days that were beautiful followed by an early March snow that covered all the flowers beginning to poke through the ground. After the snow melted, the temps have come up and made me think towards gardens and baby animals!
We are very excited to be moving in the direction of raising meat chickens. This has been something I have wanted to do for a long time and this will be a great transition for our farm. We have also started a partnership with some very close friends of ours who will be working on their own produce and animals. They have laying hens right now but have decided to add a boar hog to their sows in hopes of having piglets!
We are starting this week on helping them build a better hog pen for the 3 they have and expanding their coop so they can get more chicks this spring. I have already been working on the designs for the brooder and then grow out pen for the meat birds. I have always wanted a chicken “tractor” and this will be perfect for the meat birds to scratch while they grow.
We have also decided to go a different route with the schooling that our oldest was using. Up until now, we have been using the program with the local public school and my daughter hate’s it. I actually hate it as well so the partner farm family has recommended a new accredited program called Lifepac. I am super excited to see how this works for her and gets her caught up where she needs to be.
Well, that is a quick update! I will be back soon for more on the farm!