LAM Family Farm

Happy Chickens, Fresh Eggs!

A quick picture of our new ducks

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The new ducks and kiddie pool.

Non-GMO Feed!

  • We are excited to announce that we have finally found a local source for Non-GMO supplement for feed.  We will have contact info for them in a future post.
  • We have a new Logo.  We like it so far.  It could change. Tell us in the comments what you think.
  • So we are a Chicken-Tractor, Pastured Poultry,  Non-GMO feed, egg producer.

Ideas For Expansion

Here at our little mini-farm we have run into a very good problem.  We cannot keep eggs in stock!  So we plan on scaling up the operation.  Currently we have twelve chickens and 1 rooster.  I have just ordered 15 more chickens, from Cackle Hatchery, for a total of 28.  Right now we keep the chickens in chicken tractors.  My plans are to develop 1.5 to 2 acres into a centralized chicken farm.  I want a nice big actual chicken coop in the middle. The area will be a rectangle, fenced in to keep predators out.  The rectangle will be partitioned off into separate paddocks.  The chickens will rotate through each paddock eating fresh grass and bugs.

I also have found a home-grown guy who mills his own chicken feed for a lot less than what I can buy at the store.  It may not be “organic” feed.  But we will have more control of what we feed our girls(chickens).  Keep in mind that the feed is a supplement.  The main source of food is grass and bugs.

This is a cool little side business.  It can be scaled up or back as much as we like.   If things do not work out we can scale it back, sell some chickens, eat some chickens whatever we need to do.  So we will see were all of this goes.

 

 

Chic of The Day for Thursday

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Lannie with a one week old Production Red.

“The tree of liberty needs to be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Thomas Jefferson

Chick of The Day for Tuesday

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Scout with what I think is a White Sultan. It can be difficult to tell when they are so little.

“The tree of liberty needs to be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Thomas Jefferson

Chic of the Day for Monday

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Lannie with a baby Production Red. Approximately 1 week old

“The tree of liberty needs to be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Thomas Jefferson

Chic of the Day

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Chic of the Day for 11 Mar 2016

“The tree of liberty needs to be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Thomas Jefferson

New Babies!

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Picked them up today!  The email from cackle hatchery was sent to my junk email folder so these babies caught me by surprise today. 

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I love new chicks!  They are so pretty. So delicate.  I do not know how they get around on those tiny legs.

“The tree of liberty needs to be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Thomas Jefferson

Massacre at the Farm

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We had a massacre at the Farm last night.  At around noon I awoke to what sounded like a rabbit screaming.  It did not last long.  I looked outside and did not see the dogs alerted so I went back to bed.  A few hours later as I was tending to the feeding. I saw the carnage.  I first noticed that two of our rabbits were missing.  The strange thing was that one cage door was open and one cage door was closed.  Both rabbits were gone.  Next I saw body parts on the ground.  It was our female New Zealand. I found the carcass later under some trees.  The male rabbit is gone.  He is black and white.  We did not find any sign of him.  No hair, no carcass.  We hope he got away and is in hiding.

We have three acres here.  I have not been able to come up with the money to fence it in yet.  I thought rabbits would be safe in their cages.  The mystery is how did the female’s cage get closed?  How did the rabbits get out?  Before I saw the body parts I initially thought someone stole them.  Or a kid left the cage door open.

What I am thinking is that a stray dog came in and upset the rabbits so much(cause when frightened the rabbits bounce around in there) that the cage doors popped open.  I know that the female is dead.  I cannot say for sure the male is dead.

I have the cages about five feet off of the ground.  So a large dog could stand on his hind legs and paw the cages.

So I need to work on securing my cages better.  Farm security is going to be a big issue in 2016.  I choose not to show any pictures of the massacre choosing instead to show a more positive image of “freckles” the chicken.

 

What is a Chicken Tractor?

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Here at LAM Family Farms we raise our chickens in Chicken Tractors.  Just what is a Chicken Tractor?  A Chicken Tractor is  movable chicken housing were the chickens have access to the grass.   I think the word “Tractor” is what throws people off.  More on that in a minute.  The great thing about chicken tractors is that they are so easy to construct and cheap.  I make my chicken tractors out of two cattle panels bent over and attached to a frame built out of 2 X 4’s.  This frame is then surrounded in Chicken wire.  A door is fashioned.  A tarp is attached with zip-ties.  And boom,  Chicken Tractor. 

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The chicken tractors provide security and protection from predation.  Meanwhile the chickens are on grass.  They can eat bugs and grass.  They can scratch.  They dig shallow holes so they can dusty themselves.  Their excrement is fertilizer. All of the scratching and digging and fertilizer is great for my soil.  This is the “tractor” part.  Depending on how long I leave the chicken tractor in one place is how bare the soil can get.  For example, If I leave it in one place for a week or longer I can almost get rid of all vegetation, I call this the scorched earth policy. The soil will be aerated and fertilized.  The shallow holes will hold water.  I use this in order to start my home gardens. Normally I will move the chicken tractors twice a day or every couple of days. 

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Succession of movement

The above picture really shows the affects a Chicken Tractor can have on the soil. At the very top you see dense, darker colored grass.  With each movement there is a different level of new grass growth. 

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Minimal work, No-Till chicken tractor Garden

The picture above is an impromptu garden.  I had a bunch of seeds left over from previous years.  I mixed them up and spread them over this area that I had just moved the chicken tractor from.  I spread the seeds out just before a rain.  You can see above that I had pretty good results.
Chicken tractors are a very handy way to manage chickens. Cheap and easy.  Try it.  If you have any questions contact me. I will help you if I can.

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