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Our Chickens "Just Say NO!" to hormones, antibiotics, and any artificial additives
Free Range chicken and duck eggs for sale locally.
Tammy Fay the Ancona chicken.
"No way I'm going out in THAT!"
We have a mixed flock of Americanas (blue egg layers), Welsummers (speckled brown egg layers), Anconas and Leghorns (white egg layers) and Red Star (brown egg layers). They have been raised free range, cage free, and free roaming. They have never been feed ay hormones, antibiotics or chemicals. They diet consists of corn, soybeans, millet and various whole grains and seeds; plus whatever they consume from our pastures. They spend their days following the sheep, goats, and alpacas.
Our eggs are as wholesome and fresh as they can be - my family eats these eggs!
Do I need a rooster to get eggs from my hens?
No you do not. Modern chickens will lay eggs starting around 5 months old. They do not need a rooster in order to do this. If you are only interested in eggs, you don't ever need to have a rooster present. If you want to raise your own chickens, then you need a rooster!
Can I get baby chicks from your eggs?
No. The eggs I sell are not fertilized. They would never ever hatch a baby chicken. I do have a rooster, but he is kept separate from my laying flock, and used only for breeding purposes.
I see a white circular spot on my yolk - what is that?
This is called the germinal disc. This is where the fertilization would start if the egg was fertilized. All eggs have this.
Why is it so hard to peel a boiled egg?
Eggs that are only a few days old have not developed air space between the egg white and shell. I have seen it recommended that you refrigerate your eggs for several days before you try making hard boiled eggs, but I personally like to wait around two weeks for the eggs to be easy to peel.
What is the best way to store fresh eggs:
Please store your eggs in the carton in your refrigerator. Do not store them in the door, as the temperature is not stable there. Eggs can absorb refrigerator odors, so keep them in their carton.
What are the stringy white pieces in the egg whites?
The rope-like strands of egg white are called "chalazae" (ka-LAY-zee). This is not an imperfection or the beginning of a chick. The chalazae is what stabilizes the egg yolk in the center of the egg white.
Chicken Tractor - Still a work in progress!
My dreams have come true! Steve has taken a design off the internet and adapted it to work in our situation! The new and improved Chicken Tractor is about 6' tall in the center, so that an adult can walk into it. We will have more detail plans on this tractor has it is finished. I can't wait to see it in action!
This is constructed from pressure treated 2x4's - 2 10' and 2-12' and two cattle panels purchased from the local feed store.
The frame was built then the panels were wedged into place and anchored with metal straping to keep them in place.
We used a tarp that covers the back wall and over the top for shade.
More work is to be done on this - the 2x4's for the base don't work well with wheels - there will be changes before the final coop plans are shown here. I still love the fact that I can walk into it.
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Dieffenbacker, the Maremma watching over his flock of Angora goats, sheep, and alpacas.
* The Maremma breed started in Italy and their history can be tracked back over two thousand years. Their function in the past as well as today is to guard the flock and property of the shepherd. This dog is considered one of the oldest breeds.
* Maremmas are not intended to be pets - they are truly working dogs. They are always watchful and bark their warning at anything out of the ordinary. Our dogs will even warn if there are hawks flying overhead.
* It is important for this breed to be socialized and given basic obedience training. These dogs love to be with their flock and are only truly happy when watching out for them. One of the favorite spots for the dogs to lay and watch over everyone is on top of the picnic table! They get along well with our household pets and our barn cats. These dogs are very intelligent, independent and always alert. We sleep better knowing our dogs are watching over the stock.
* The Maremma is a double coated breed. Their coats are white with markings of ivory, light lemon yellow or pale orange. The outer coat is long, thick and slightly wavy. Their under coat is soft and dense. They are protected from all types of weather with this kind of coat. In fact, our dogs will stay on duty in sleet, freezing rain, & snow. I have finally learned to lock them up with the animals if I want they out of the weather - they don't seem to mind the weather at all. Their outer coat is actually amazing - I have seen these dogs so covered in mud that I wouldn't have believed they would ever be white again - but they dry off and the mud & dirt just seem to fall off.
* If you treat your Maremmas kindly, you will be rewarded with an indispensable guardian for your flock and farm.
Our two Maremmas, Wolfie and Dieffenbacker in the background.
Dieffenbacker keeping a watch from the barn door.
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Bluefaced Leicester yearling ewe. This photo won 5th place at 2008 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival
Here are a few interesting facts about Bluefaced Leicesters:
Our Bluefaced Leicester ewe, Cissy loves to stick her nose in the snow.
Two three week old ewe lambs.
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California Red ewe "Pebbles" in her sheep coat.
California Red Sheep have many good things going for them:
- Year round breeding is possible - making it possible to have three lamb seasons during a two year period.
- Rams are not affected by heat as much as other breeds.
- Considered a medium size sheep with the rams weighing around 225 to 250 pounds, and the ewes weighing between 130 to 150 pounds.
- They can be used as dairy sheep, due to high milk solids content.
- No wool on legs or belly - easy for lambing and easy to shear!
- Ease of lambing - these sheep are a shepherd's dream - no problems with lambing and plenty of milk to keep all the lambs growing well.
- Ewes are excellent mothers - they bond well with their offspring and are very defensive of them.
- Both sexes are naturally hornless.
- Lambs are born a beautiful shade of dark red. Their wool changes to lighter shades as they mature, but their faces and legs stay the color they were born with.
- Fleeces are kept under a coat - extremely clean
- Fleeces are very well skirted
- They are very calm sheep and easy to take care of - this is an excellent choice for the beginner shepherd!
California Red twins at one week old.
Raw wool fleece is sold at $20 per pound. You must buy the entire fleece which usually weighs around 4 lbs.
To place an order, please E-Mail me or call 301-908-5985 with the item description, your name and address. We can send an invoice thru PayPay, or you can charge it over the phone if you want to pay with a credit card. We also accept checks (with at least two weeks clearance time). Pricing does not include shipping costs.
California Red lamb with Angora Goat kid
Below are some web sites that we use often for supplies, questions, and additional information about this wonderful breed:
Sheepman Supply Company, Frederick Maryland
Pipestone Veterinary Sheep & Goat Supplies
Pebbles and our first lamb, Paprika
We currently have one California Red breeding stock, ewe lambs and ram lambs available. Please contact me for a listing of what we have.
They are $400 each.
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We have a small goat herd. We first purchased them to keep the sheep company, and then fell in love with them. They have personality plus! And they keep my fence lines clean of brush and honeysuckle. I haven't spun the mohair into yarn yet, but have already been using it as Santa's beard on several dolls and wreaths.
The kids at work - our weed wacker is broken and we haven't bothered to fix it. The goats do an EXCELLENT job of cleaning the fences. And they never complain about doing it.
Goats in coats. They don't mind them at all and we don't have to worry about them being exposed to the elements.
One week old Angora Goat kid
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