Just wanted to get something out about what’s going on in all this cold. It’s quiet at the farm for the most part, the bees are all in their hive and all the plants are in their dormant state. It’s a very harsh, sharp landscape compared to the lush of summer green, but I do enjoy being able to see the field contours and through the woods. The only thing really changing right now is the addition of a cross fence between fields 1 and 2. As I get more of it constructed there will be pictues 🙂
Yesterday was processing day, the day of truth, if you will and it was a SUCCESS! With the help six other people we were able to process 88 chickens in under 4 hours for a time of about 2.7 minutes a bird. A BIG thank you to all our help, it would not have happened without you! Thanks to our fastidious bagging and labeling help who dutifully recorded the weight of every bird twice, once on the label and once on the record sheet, we were able to calculate some numbers last night and I really do love numbers, especially these numbers. The average weight was 5.1 lbs and using that weight we have calculated that the conversion ratio of grain to pound of dressed bird was 4.1:1, so it took 4.11lbs of grain for every 1lb of dressed bird. Not too bad for our first attempt! We fed exactly 2000lb of feed and the birds were eight weeks and one day old.
We’re looking forward to more customer feedback, but at this point we’re almost certain we’ll do it again in the near future!
Here’s the new website! I’ve been playing around with figuring out how I wanted to do the hosting and now have made decisions and it’s all set up! This is the first post and since I’m kind of a dork it has the appropriately dorky title 🙂
More will be coming in the next few weeks including pictures and history and mission statements, but for now I’m just going to be excited about the fact that this is up and running.