Why You Should Buy From Me: Part 1

Happily, you can have positive impact up and down the entire structure of society, if you take the time to learn what you're actually buying.

Patronizing a business, supports the whole line up of individuals and establishments that worked together to offer the product or service.

Every time a customer buys a chicken from Wal-mart(or most big box stores), they are inadvertently supporting Wal-mart's system.  Let me tell you about the individuals and establishments working to provide that Wal-mart chicken.

We'll start with Tyson.  Tyson owns just about every part of the production line.  The hatchery, the chicks, the feed mills, the slaughtering facilities, and transportation.

The farmers who raise the chickens are required to build the barns and own the land. Chicks, feed, and bedding are supplied by Tyson.  Once the birds are raised and hauled away, it's the farmers job to find a place for the manure.

These chicken farmers are an oppressed people who are chained by immense debt and a stressful work load.

They are required to play by Tyson's rules.  Anytime Tyson wants the farmer to pay for an upgrade, the farmer is obligated to do it. Why? Because if Tyson is unhappy with the farmer or the farmer's facilities, they can, and will, withhold chicks.

If the farmer can't raise chicks, he can't make money.  If he can't make money, he can't pay on the debt incurred by his big barns.

Unfortunately, there is nobody else to turn to to buy chicks, raise, and sell them for a livable profit.  Sounds like a monopoly to me.

Now, lets take a look at the quality of life these chickens have.  

For the entire span of their 6-8 week existence, chickens raised by Tyson farmers eat powdery feed, in a crowded environment, where they never see the sunlight.

If I imagine myself as a chicken, I'd much rather have fresh air, sunshine, room to run, room to scratch, and a smorgasbord of fresh morsels to eat.  

God specifically designed every specie of animal for a wonderful task.  I say allow them the opportunity to fulfill their life purpose! 

So, the birds' lives are boring and sad, and the farmers are not enjoying the independence we've all been given in this country.

I have more to say on this topic, so stay tuned. :-)

Please share this with your conscientious friends! 

The Poultry Guy now has... Pigs?!

That's right folks :) and I am super duper excited about them!

American Guinea Hog is the breed, and they are going to perform some wonderful tasks for me.

I intend to turn and invigorate my garden with them in the spring and fall.  They are awesome light tillage equipment.

They will be rotated on pasture with my chicks following close behind.  Chickens prefer shorter plant life to pick through, so this way I don't have to mow in front of them.

My hogs will delightfully consume all sorts of kitchen scraps, turning them into delicious bacon.

In November, I hope my gilts (young female pigs) will have some babies.  

And last but most certainly not least, my hogs will taste amazing.  If you've never tasted pasture raised pork, let me tell you, you're missing out.

So, within two years, I should have plenty of pastured American Guinea Hog meat available by the half!  Check in with me now if you're interested, I'll make sure you're the first to know when you can get some. :-)

My Babies Are Here!

51 babies shipped on Tuesday and arrived Thursday from PA!  I'm very happy to have animals to tend to again.

Allison had to pick them up for me because I was at work.  Due to the unforseen electrical failure, she had to keep them in our kitchen until I got home and could fix the issue!

I've always enjoyed spending time with animals.  20 minutes in a pasture with the sound of cattle grazing and moving around, does wonders for me after a long day.

These little peepers have just the same effect.  I can stand out there in my trailer and watch them run around doing little chick things for hours.  Just ask Allison.

I spent the week before we left on vacation prepping for their arrival.  I needed to get my trailer all cleaned out, throw down some pine shavings, and lay out feeders and waterers.

The fruits of my labor are below, a warm, dry, well ventilated spot, just for little chicks.

I also had to build and install the "shutter" panel you can see up there on the inside wall.  I still need to get some hinges on it though, it's not able to open in its current state.

I also had to build and install the "shutter" panel you can see up there on the inside wall.  I still need to get some hinges on it though, it's not able to open in its current state.

It'll only be a couple weeks before they outgrow this area and I will begin letting them into the back compartment of the trailer.

It'll only be a couple weeks before they outgrow this area and I will begin letting them into the back compartment of the trailer.

You're welcome to give me a call and come out when we're around!  I'll grab a couple of chicks for you to pet and admire.  ;-)

Want life in the raw? Become a Farmer!

The pros and cons to raising numerous animals, vary from the lowest physical/emotional extreme, to the highest.

A few of the highlights include cute little babies, working outdoors, and the rewarding feeling of directly providing for my family.

On the flip side, death loss is inevitable, the outdoors can be harsh, and a farmer's work never seems to be done.

 

My hardest moment on the farm was at my cousin's ranch in ND.  They have a large flock of sheep and I was helping them during the lambing season.

When there are 300 ewes giving birth, you're bound to run into a few problems.  Especially since this was mid February with snow on the ground.

One little lamb was born with badly deformed front legs and a lower jaw half of its proper length.

Even with 6-7 people there, we didn't have time to care for this baby.  If we did try saving it, this lamb's chances of living much longer were minimal.  

We all knew what needed to be done, but no one wanted to do it.  I finally steeled myself to the task, grabbed the gun and the little lamb, and headed outside.

I cried hot tears into the frozen snow.

 

My most memorable moment with their sheep, was at 3 in the morning.

Ivy awakened me with a phone call, saying she needed help with a newly born lamb.  I scrambled out of my warm bed, dressed, and trudged through the snow to the barn.

Careful to insert the tube down the correct side of the lamb's throat, I eased it into what I hoped was its little stomach.  If you do it wrong, the lamb ends up getting its lungs full of milk and then suffocates.

Ivy poured warm milk down the tube, filling that little lambs belly.  Before long, it was trying to stand up and take on the world.

 

I love the farm and all its challenges, even though they can be both extremes of heart wrenching and heart warming.  I can hardly wait to be raising sheep or goats for myself!

Allison's Lesson

Through my growing up years, back in Illinois, we always raised our own chickens for the freezer.

Allison, my wife, never had the luxury of eating pastured chickens until I raised them for us last year.  So, she learned this lesson the hard way when we went to Ryan's Hangar, in Huron, last month with the company I work for.

Since my boss was paying, I took full advantage and ordered Alaskan King Crab Legs.  A very tasty dish if you ask me.

Allison decided that Parmesan Chicken was the dish she wanted.

What she learned:  Don't order chicken anywhere unless it has been raised similarly to the way I raise it.

Her $18 meal was a huge disappointment, and that's what happens when you become accustomed to good meat.

I'm thinking I need to contact Ryan's Hangar Restaurant to see if they're interested in serving high quality chicken to match their high quality prices.

The Easiest Way to 10-Piece a Whole Chicken

Here's a few quick tips before you start cutting!

  1. Wiggle the bones to find the joints.
  2. Cut at the joints, and look for white cartilage to know you're cutting the right spot.
  3. Jump in and make your cuts boldly, you'll soon learn the perfect places to cut

Side Note: These instructions work very similarly with turkey too!

Rich Flavor is Indicative of What?

Recently I read an article by Allan Nation on the merits of tasty flavor in food.

Basically, the take away is this: The better it tastes, the better it is for you.

Oh Yeah?! What about Doritos and donuts?!

Let me explain the variables affecting the above statement.

 

Common Additives in Food

These days, we are exposed to vast quantities of bland foods that really are not appealing.  Producers solve this issue be adding flavors.  

Natural and artificial flavors are common ingredients and can be a mixture of 50 to 100 different flavor enhancing chemicals.

The other ingredient commonly used to improve taste is a sweetener. I have read somewhere in my life that sugar is 10 times more addictive than cocaine.

Our bodies become addicted and accustomed to both the flavors and sweeteners.  This throws off our ability to taste and appreciate what is good and wholesome for us.

 

The Good News

There is food in the world that actually tastes good without adding anything.

Brining, to add moisture and flavor to a pork chop, isn't necessary when the pig got to dig in the dirt and eat anything it wanted in the pasture.  

You don't have to cover my chicken in BBQ sauce to make the meat taste wonderful.

My turkey has moist flavorful meat if you just throw it in the oven, roast it to 165 degrees, and add a little salt.

To taste for yourself the quality in a pasture raised chicken, Email Me and make your order for my spring batch!

 

Conclusion

The better it tastes, the better it is for you.

When all additives are not added, how does the meat you eat taste?  If it's tender, juicy, and flavorful, then I would generally guess that it's good and healthy.

Pure Maple Syrup

Pure maple syrup is made by tapping maple trees of at least 40 years of age.  The sap collected is then boiled down to make one of my favorite sweeteners ever.  It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.

Spring time is the season for collecting sap.  Freezing temperatures of the night and the thawing temperatures of the day, are what stimulate the sap to flow up and down the tree and make it available for harvesting.

I get maple syrup from a friend of my family, by the name of Gary, over in Wisconsin.  This is absolutely the best source of maple syrup you will be able to find in the area.  

I have maple syrup on hand for $16/qt.  However, if you pre-order and pre-pay before I bring in another shipment, I can sell it to you for $15/qt.