Friday, March 20, 2015

Winners Of The Manna Pro Organic Chick Crumble


Ron Willet & Kristin Wood
Your the winners of the Manna Pro 5 lb bag of  organic chick crumble.
A big thank you to Manna Pro for their generous offer.  Check out Manna Pro for all of your livestock needs.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Manna Pro Organic Chick Crumble - Free Giveaway

 Free giveaway
 5 pound bag Manna Pro organic chick crumble
Two lucky folks will be chosen on Friday March 20th to receive this brand new product from our good friends at Manna Pro.  follow the steps below to get your name in the drawing.
 1. You need to be a follower of the Chicken Scratch Poultry Blog.
2. Like the Chicken Scratch Poultry Facebook page.
3.  Like the Manna Pro Poultry Facebook page.
4.  Leave us a comment and let us know why you would like to try this product.
Good Luck!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring Is On The Horizon - Chicks And Pullets For Sale

It's that time of year when the chicken farm cranks up to full speed ahead and we hit the ground running.  Last fall we worked very hard at choosing our new breeders and look forward to seeing the results of that hard work.  It takes producing and growing up many birds to get those who are worthy of putting in the breeding pens.  I laugh to myself when customers call and order 6 Black Copper Marans and say they are becoming breeders.  When your looking to purchase poultry it pays to do your research.

We began filling the incubator the first part of February, in hopes to get a jump on growing up young pullets.  Our incubator holds about 2000 eggs, we put eggs in every Monday night and have a hatch every Monday night.  Our incubator sits in our Morton building which is not heated, as you can imagine, the incubator has a hard time maintaining temperature.   This weeks hatch was very low which proves it did not maintain temp.  Our customers always wonder what is taking so long for my order to get to me.  Well this is just one reason, sometimes problems arise.  We are working with animals and you can't put a time limit on things that involve animals, they just don't work on our time schedule.

So Far we have two hatches of chicks in the brooder growing.  Let's hope for lots of little hens.   If you have a pullet order with us please keep in mind it takes awhile to grow up these little fuzzy butts and we occasionally have set backs and remember half of these little chickies will turn out to be roosters.

We hope to begin shipping out the day old chick orders in April.  Customers always want to know if we will ship them chicks in February.  We found out early on in this business that it's a waste of time and sweet little chicks if we ship during the cold weather.  Chicks like a temp of 99 degrees, anything less and they're cold and a cold chick will not survive.  If we begin shipping to early in the spring it will put us behind in the long run as we attempt to reship all the chicks that died.  For healthy vibrant chicks it needs to be warm.  Please be patient with us as we begin to fill many orders, we won't let you down, but it's not a process that we can rush.

Thanks so much to all who have placed an order.
   We look forward to sharing some beautiful healthy chicks and young pullets with you soon!
If you haven't placed your order yet, it's not to late we're still taking orders and will ship chicks all summer long.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Manna Pro Poultry - Free Giveaway

Organic Chick Crumble
March 20th we will choose two  lucky winners to receive a free 5lb bag of organic chick crumble form our good friends at Manna Pro, they are very generously giving you the opportunity to try out a brand new product.
Complete the steps to put your name in the drawing
1. You need to be a follower of the Chicken Scratch Poultry Blog.
2. Like the Chicken Scratch Poultry Facebook page.
3.  Like the Manna Pro Poultry Facebook page.
4.  Leave us a comment and let us know why you would like to try this product.
Good Luck!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Free Giveaway - Manna Pro Poultry, 5 lb bag of Organic Starter Crumbles

Let's Do A Free Giveaway!!

Spring is just around the corner, I know it might not feel like it but in no time at all most of you will be thinking of taking care of baby chicks.  
Well, our good friends at Manna Pro Poultry are going to give two lucky winners the opportunity to try out a brand new product.
Two winners will receive one five pound bag of certified organic starter crumbles.  The lucky winners will be announced on March 20th. 
Complete the steps at the bottom of the page to get your name in the drawing. 
 Manna Pro®
Certified Organic Starter Crumbles
Start your flock off right with nutritious and wholesome ingredients.
  • USDA certified organic and non-GMO
  • 19% protein
  • Non-medicated
  • Ideal nutrition and quality for a natural, happy, 
    and healthy flock
  • Safe for mixed flocks including all classes of poultry
Complete the steps to put your name in the drawing
1. You need to be a follower of the Chicken Scratch Poultry Blog.
2. Like the Chicken Scratch Poultry Facebook page.
3.  Like the Manna Pro Poultry Facebook page.
4.  Leave us a comment and let us know why you would like to try this product.
Good Luck!!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Farm House Face Lift - A Month Spent With The Amish

Our old farm house just recently received a much needed face lift.  Larry and I purchased this house about 20 years ago and it's now time for some much needed work.  We replaced the roof when we moved in but it's now time to do it again.  Larry made contact with Chris Miller an Amish man who had replaced the roof on my sisters house and had him come and give us an estimate.  While Chris was here, Larry said give me an estimate on windows, and siding while your at it and so the month long renovation process began.
This was the ripping off of the roof but it also gives you a look at what the house looked like before renovation.
As the work began, at first I thought I should probably keep my distance from the Amish men, they probably think I'm a heathen woman not wearing a dress.  This was my own crazy thinking and didn't last long.  By the first couple of hours I had introduced myself and struck up some conversation.  My curiosity gets the best of me pretty easy.  By the second day, I said "Chris, I have a question for you."  He said, "let me guess, Amish Mafia?"  I said, "yes, is that stuff for real?"  Chris informed me that there is no way that is real.  He told me someone had showed him a clip of the TV show on a cell phone.  He said the people on the show are speaking PA Dutch but the things they are doing and saying, there is absolutely no way they are affiliated  with any Amish.  This broke the ice and opened the door for many more conversations about the Amish way of life.  I found it all very interesting!
I did ask for permission to take photos before I began.  Chris and the other guys said it is ok for me to take photos but they could not pose for a photo.  I also said I would be posting this on the internet, Chris also said that would be alright with him.  He carried a brief case with him each day and we would jokingly ask him if that was his Mafia brief case and did he have weapon in there.  He would just laugh at us.  
The day I took this photo, I walked up and said, "Chris, what modern convenience would you choose to have, if you could have it today?"  He thought for a minute and said," no one has ever asked me that before," Then he said, "I think it would be my tools."  He said that any power tools that he has in his possession he rents them, even the little trailer that his driver man pulls to all of his work sites for him, he has to rent it.  He said, "I wish I owned my own tools."   We talked at great length that day and as we talked, his 3 employees gathered around and joined in.  One thing that kind of made me sad, was that he really couldn't explain why he lived the way he did, or why they aren't allowed certain things that could make life a little easier.  
Come to find out, they are just as curious about us as we are about them.  They began asking questions as to what I did with all of these chickens and how it all worked.  Shortly after that conversation I went back in the house and I seen them all head for our barns, checking things out.   I asked them later if they found the $75 Jubilee, he said he didn't think so but I showed him later.  
They always kept a hat on their head, while working they wore a sock hat to keep warm. When work was over the straw hat went back on the head.
Each day their driver would drop them off for work and pick them up.  They took regular breaks during the day and that was when they would head off and take another farm tour.  As they worked, it was a joy to hear them outside laughing and visiting.  They never had a harsh word and there was much laughter.

These two young men are brothers.  As we talked and learned more about each other.  They informed me that all the wages they earn goes to their father up until they reach the age of 21 or they get married.  They didn't seem to mind that dad was getting all of their money, they informed me that girls can be trouble.  I said your exactly right. Larry teased these to young guys a lot. 

 The day that they ripped the windows out of the house was one of the coldest days of the year.  I told Chris, If you need anything I'll be in my bedroom, with the heat cranked, answering emails and watching TV.  I didn't hear anything out of them for most of the day, so I decided I better go check things out.  I found Chris with a broom and a feather duster when I walked in the dinning room.  I said what are you doing?  He said "Ms Angie I've made a terrible mess of your house putting this window in."  It was a funny site but I could tell he was stressed out over it.

I'm sure our mower tires don't have a chance this summer, we have so many nails everywhere.  I rolled a magnet around as much as I could.  Many of the nails are aluminum so the magnet wouldn't  pick them up.  
 One evening as they waited for their driver to pick them up Larry and I took the opportunity to visit with them for a bit.  That evening we talked about school and church.  The Amish children only go to school up to the eighth grade and only speak Pennsylvania Dutch during that time.
Church services are held in the homes of the Amish families that have enough room.  I asked how many people your house would need to hold, he said around 30 families.  I said, "that's a great reason to build a small house."  Not only do they have the church service in their home but they also feed them a meal.  He said it normally consists of the same food each week, chicken and noodles, potato salad, baked beans and pie. I said, I can't imagine the work that is involved in getting ready for that and they do it for two Sundays in a row.
I asked if he could explain rumspringa to me.  I've heard so many crazy things on TV shows, like Breaking Amish, it's hard to know what to believe and I can tell you it's false.  He described it as, when the kids reach the age of about 16 they are allowed to join the youth group at church, It's also a time of supervised courtship.  In the youth group the kids get together to sing and fellowship together.  I asked, so it's not a time when the kids choose if the want to remain in the Amish lifestyle? He said no, you can choose to leave at anytime you want.  What I had also read about shunning was also untrue.  It's amazing what you can find out if you'll just ask and not assume.

The old farm house looks great, they did a wonderful job and we had such a good time getting to know them while they worked here. Maybe we'll have them back for a barn raising someday.
Have A Great Day!

Friday, January 30, 2015

And The Lucky Winner Is....

Congratulations To....

Elizabeth Fanning
Your the winner of the framed print, created by Nicole McArthur.
Thank you to all who participated and thank you Nicole for the framed print, can't wait to see what you create next.