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The Sound of Chickens-Monday Funnies!

The Prairie Home Companion does an annual joke show and they often feature this song about chickens. It makes me laugh so hard I cry. I picture our hens fleeing our milk truck or large tractors as they are crossing our driveway. Wonder if we should have chicken crossing guards…

 

Sound of Chickens

 

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Zweber Farms in 2011

What a year 2011 was.

We had a record of over 60 inches of snow. The cows could walk right over the fences. Remember when they took for a walk in the woods?

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When we had all that rain! We never thought we would get corn planted. In the summer came the extreme temps and sever storms. Remember when Tim took this picture minutes before a tornado touched down?

Sam winning Grand Champion at fair

The summer was filled with exciting events. Hannah was born and Sam won Grand Champion at our county fair. She then went win Honorable Mention at the State Fair.

BigFoot At World Dairy Expo-The Boy's Favorite Stop

Hannah being a beach bum on vacation this year

It wasn’t all work and no play. We went on a short vacation and then headed to World Dairy Expo in October.

chicken, jonnie, summer, 2011

Don’t forget all the funny stories about our pigs and chickens throughout the year.

It was a very memorable year. Thank you for making it so wonderful.

Happy New Year!

The Zwebers

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Hens Enjoying Beautiful Autumn Day-Wordless Wednessday

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Crazy Inventions on the Farm-Wordless Wednesday

Can anyone guess what Tim and Steve are building?

Hint: it will prevent this:

I will give the answer away on Thursday

Emily

Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy.  We are proud Organic Valley farmer members and sell our milk under that label. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, www.zweberfarms.com. Connect with us on FacebookTwitterand YouTube.

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Unwanted Gardening Help

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Guess what animal is doing some unwanted gardening on our farm? Busted!
Now how do we keep them out? Does anyone have suggestions?

Emily

Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy.  We are proud Organic Valley farmer members and sell our milk under that label. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, www.zweberfarms.com. Connect with us on FacebookTwitterand YouTube.

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Raising Healthy Chickens

We got our first batch of chicks two days ago. They are very cute at this age and of course all we want to do is hold them. Hear the boys and I explain what the chicks need to be healthy at this age.

To get a healthy start, the chicks will need a mixed feed of variety of grains, clean water and of course a very warm (90 degrees) room. In a few weeks they will have their feathers. Then we will move them out to their pasture home to live until they are market age.

Emily

Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy.  We are proud Organic Valley farmer members and sell our milk under that label. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, www.zweberfarms.com. Connect with us on FacebookTwitterand YouTube.

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Wordless Wednesday-Caring for the Hens

The boys have been helping me gather eggs and care for the hens the last couple of days. They are GREAT helpers.

Emily

Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy.  We are proud Organic Valley farmer members and sell our milk under that label. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, www.zweberfarms.com. Connect with us on FacebookTwitterand YouTube.

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The Ugly Chicken-Story of an Outcast Chicken

Last week we sent our last batch of chickens of the season to the butchers. In that batch there was one chicken that was really tiny, and would have been considered a Cornish game hen at best. So her life got spared and now she is in with the layers.

She is quite the sight. All the beautiful buff and red layers gather together and strut their stuff. The poor Cornish is an outcast in her stark white feathers. Chickens are very territorial and it took them about four days until they “accepted” her in their chick clique. Poor “Whitey” was not allowed in the roost where she wanted and was left alone all day. Sometimes chickens will attack a new chicken when it is introduced to the flock. Luckily, our layers behaved and just gave her the cold shoulder. 

Whitey was afraid of everyone for awhile and wouldn’t let me take her picture.

Whitey has learned to escape the fenced in chicken area. She comes and goes as she wants.  This has  given her some clout among the flock. The fenced area is more to keep predators out and not necessarily keep the chickens in.

We we probably allow Whitey to grow up and become a “layer” hen just like the rest of the group. Cornish Cross chickens are not known for their egg production and she will most likely lay an egg every two days. Most layers will lay one egg a day. Due to the fact that her ear lobes are red, her eggs will probably be brown. It will be interesting to see if she ever “developes” like a true Cornish with large breasts, or if she will be more slim because she is on a different diet.

The other night, a racoon managed to get into the chicken house. We thought that he had eaten one of the layers, but thankfully, she was just out for a stroll. Maybe the electric fence doesn’t work all that well keeping anyone in or out?

Emily

Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy.  We are proud Organic Valley farmer members and sell our milk under that label. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, http://www.zweberfarms.com

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The Baby Chicks Have Arrived

Yesterday our first batch of baby chickens arrived on the farm. We have 320 chicks total. We have them divided into two groups, so that they have enough space. One group resides in a small room in our barn and the other in our chicken house. They will stay in these groups until they have feathers. Then we will put them out to pasture. Right now it is key to keep the chicks warm, well feed and well watered.

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In this video you hear me explaining about how we care for our baby chicks. I mention that there are 75 chicks in the barn. This a false, Lisa told me there were 160. Crazy, goes to show how tiny they are.

Fun Farm Fact: Did you know that chickens are omnivores? That is right, they eat meat (bugs and small snakes), grains and grasses. Not sure how the vegetarian feed chicken’s became popular.

Emily

Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, http://www.zweberfarms.com

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Interested in Buying Eggs?

We are constantly being asked if we sell eggs on our farm. Currently, we don’t but you all have us thinking about it.

Please follow the link to a short 7 question survey: Egg Survey.

Here are some of the ideas we have about how we would raise laying hens for eggs:

  • In the summer we would raise them in an  “Egg Mobile” similar to Joel Salatin’s
    • We would have them in our pastures to “clean up” the bugs and spread their natural fertilizer
  • Egg Mobile

  • In the winter they would be raised in half of a green house and provide heat for the other half (which we would grow plants in)
  • Depending on availability we would like to raise them on non-gmo feed and possibly organic feed.
    • It is really hard to find non-gmo and organic chicken feed around us, so we are tossing around the idea of growing and grinding our own.
  • Customers would be able to buy eggs when it is most convenient for them.
    • We know of other farmers who do this system and it seems to work. Customers would take the eggs they need, leave the money and then return the cartons the next time they purchase.

Like all of our “projects,” we want to keep the health of our animal and land as our number one priority. Let us know what you think about purchasing eggs from Zweber Farms.

Thanks!

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