Starting a Family Farm in Vermont

Farm Happenings —
August 19, 2006, 4:13 pm
Filed under: Chickens, Construction, Farming, Pigs


The Barn is almost completed. It came out fantastic. It is a post and beam construction similar to our house and built by the same builder, John Newton of Landgrove, Vermont.  Our next major undertaking is the fence work. That should start very soon. We have hired Springfield Fence and can’t wait to get that going….


 The Landgrove Inn is now serving Asmall Farm’sFarm Fresh Eggs for breakfast! Tom and Maureen love the idea of Farm Fresh Eggs and we are right around the corner from them and will be delivering weekly. I highly recommend the Inn. It’s a cozy “Vermont Style” Country Inn located on Landgrove Road in Landgrove, Vermont.


Lastley, our GOS piglets have been born at Elysian Fields Farm and will be ready to be picked up in late September. Also, our Cattle ( Miniature Belted Galloways and Australian Lowline Angus ) will be arriving this fall. I will keep everyone posted —-  John


Sugar is Stayin’, Pullets are Layin’, Barn is Raisin’!
July 21, 2006, 7:03 pm
Filed under: Chickens, Construction, Pigs

                                                                                                  There have been a few recent developments on the FARM over the last couple of weeks. The first is that our pig, Sugar, will remain on the farm. She was originally being raised for a neighbor for a pig roast. He has since decided that he doesn’t want her. I can honestly say we couldn’t be happier. She will now be kept to breed and her offspring will be used for pasture raised pork. She is so nurturing to the other piglets we just got and we can’t wait for her to have her own. With her fun personality and fantastic characteristics, she will make a great Sow.                                                                                                                                                                                  The second news is that our 45 Pullets ( hens before maturity ) have begun laying eggs. Our chicken headcount is 65. At full production that will equate to around 5 dozen eggs a day. Melissa started an egg delivery business several months back and we have been selling out weekly. This added supply will help us  meet our current demand.                                                                                             The last developement is the barn. All the rain has stopped and the foundation has been poured. This picture was taken several weeks ago. They have really been moving on the construction. I think we are probably 6 weeks away from completion. I will continue to keep everyone posted. —John 

Quick Lessons on Chickens
April 21, 2006, 9:04 am
Filed under: Chickens

Today’s Blog is a quick lesson on Chickens……Some people that read last nights blog had questions. The main one was, now that we don’t have a rooster what are we going to do? I stated that he was the sole rooster on our Farm for the 22 hens. All that means is he truly lived a nice life. You only need a rooster if you plan on hatching chicks. Chickens lay, on average, 1 egg per 24 hour period, with or without a rooster, in the flock. Have you ever seen a speck in your egg’s yoke? That is a fertilized egg. The egg has just been collected soon after it was laid. We collect our eggs 2x a day. This prevents the eggs from going any further in the incubation period. We raise our chickens from day old chicks. They are sexed from the Hatchery. There is a 10% chance they get a rooster in the mix with the hen orders. Don’t get me wrong, I love waking to a crowing rooster, but each has its own personality. The aggressive ones usually are not around for long.

A Big Day–
April 20, 2006, 8:19 pm
Filed under: Chickens

Today was a big day….I butchered one of our birds. It was our only rooster, who became extremely aggressive towards anyone who came near the hens, and we had it for dinner. The advice I got from others that had aggressive roosters was to do exactly what I did. I must admit it wasn’t easy. The kids are learning that when you have a family farm this is what you do. When they saw the chicken breast, it looked like any chicken that comes from the store but there were major differences. We knew this bird, and while he was here, was treated very well. Not stuffed in a cage, injected with hormones, and never seeing the light of day! He lived free range, ate organic food and was the only rooster to 22 hens. That is a life all roosters should have…..