This year we raised and processed approximately 2000 chickens for your eating pleasure.
I'm sorry to say that as the year winds down, we will no longer be offering pastured poultry for public sale. Having this many chickens here this year has honestly made me want to hate live chickens. It was way too much work for one person to do. All I did was care for chickens. Nonstop. I didn't get anything else done this year. No buildings built. No new fences. My pastures didn't get mowed all the way. NOTHING. I can not advance the farm and make things better if I don't have time to do anything but feed, water, and move shelters and netting. I didn't break even money wise with these birds and yet everyone complained about the price. So as we finish out the last 2 processing times of the birds, we will stop raising them. We will raise enough for our family and that's all.
So what will we do with poultry??
Here's the plan. We will have way too much money invested in our breeding stock to give it up. We DO still love our birds. We will continue to maintain our breeding flocks of French Marans (Black copper, blue copper, silver birchen, and blue birchen), plus our American Bresse. We will sell day old poults, we will ship eggs. We will also continue to raise out a select number of pullets to sell at point of lay each year. We also will be keeping our Welsh Harlequin ducks and selling eggs and day old ducklings. We will be keeping the Royal Palm Turkeys and selling day old poults, will ship eggs, and we will raise a select few to adult hood. I do not think we will be keeping the Chocolate Turkeys.
So what are you going to do with your spare time?
Well it's already full. There is no spare time. We will be concentrating on new fencing, new pastures, better rotation, building a milking barn, building a calf/sheep barn, isolation areas, bull/ram shelters, running water lines, running electric to the barns, and so so much more. Calving season is upon us already and hopefully soon we will begin milking a few of these Randall girls so we can enjoy their wonderful milk.
We are planning to add pastured pork next year as well.
Your comments are welcome. We look forward to providing you with better products from our grassfed livestock in the very near future!
Rising Phoenix Farm
14093 Madison Pike
Morning View, KY 41063