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  • Rabbit Feed Testing

    Rabbit Feed Testing

    I recently reacquired some rabbits I had sold previously and the owners were feeding Purina feed. These rabbits were in amazing condition prompting me to decide to start a feed test comparing my current feed to the other brands available and just see how they compare.

    Objective: To compare the feed conversion ratio (feed-to-weight gain ratio) of different feed brands in New Zealand rabbits.


    • New Zealand rabbits, of similar age, breed, and sex. Same sire, mothers are sisters, will intermingle at random.
    • Four different feed brands: Purina feed, Big Gain feed, Coop feed, and St. Ansgar feed.
    • Weighing scale.
    • Feeding containers to hold all feed required for the feed test.
    • Water source for providing fresh water at all times.
    • Record-keeping sheets for recording data.


    1. Rabbit selection: Select 4 weaned New Zealand rabbits that are approximately 4 weeks old and of similar weight, breed, and sex for each feed brand. Eventually I will aim for a total sample size of at least 20 rabbits per feed brand for statistically meaningful results.
    2. Group assignment: Randomly assign the rabbits into four feeding groups, with each group assigned to one of the four feed brands (Purina feed, Big Gain feed, Coop feed, or St. Ansgar feed). Label the feeding containers accordingly.
    3. Feeding protocol: Develop a standardized feeding protocol for each group, taking into consideration the manufacturer’s recommended feeding guidelines for each feed brand, as well as the nutritional requirements for rabbits at different ages. Feed the rabbits according to the following plan:
    • 4 to 6 weeks old: Offer unlimited access to feed.
    • 6 to 10 weeks old: Offer limited access to feed and unlimited access to hay.

    Weigh and record the amount of feed provided to each group daily, adjusting the quantity as needed to meet the rabbits’ nutritional requirements and avoid wastage. On my current feed my rabbits are digging out a disgusting amount of feed. Spilled feed will be swept up and re-fed.

    1. Monitoring and data collection: Weigh the rabbits at the beginning of the feeding test (4 weeks old) and at regular intervals thereafter, such as weekly or twice-weekly. Record the body weights of each rabbit in the respective group. Monitor the overall health and well-being of the rabbits throughout the feeding period, noting any changes in growth rate, body condition, or behavior.
    2. Feed conversion ratio calculation: At the end of the feeding test (around 70 days of age), calculate the feed conversion ratio for each group by dividing the total amount of feed consumed by the total weight gain of the rabbits in that group.
    3. Data analysis: Analyze the data collected, including the feed conversion ratios, body weights, and any other relevant observations. Compare the results among the different feed brands to evaluate their feed conversion efficiency and weight gain performance.
    4. Interpretation of results: Consider factors such as feed conversion ratio, average daily gain (ADG), and overall health and performance of the rabbits to interpret the results. Draw conclusions and make recommendations based on the findings.
    5. Consideration of other factors: Take into account any other relevant factors that may have influenced the results, such as environmental conditions, management practices, and individual variation among rabbits.
    6. Record keeping: Keep detailed records of all data collected during the feeding test for reference and future analysis.
    7. Calculate dress out percentage: Weight of raw and cooked carcass will be collected, as well as boneless meat weight of cooked rabbit.
    8. Calculate cost of gain: Total cost will be calculated to determine the most cost efficient brand.
    9. Quality Evaluation: An ARBA accredited rabbit judge will be employed to evaluate the overall quality of the best three rabbits in each feeding group as a “meat pen” to determine the best feed for raising rabbits for exhibition purposes.

    Note: I will follow proper animal husbandry practices, including providing clean water, maintaining proper hygiene, and monitoring the health and welfare of the rabbits throughout the feeding test. Ensuring that the rabbits are handled and cared for in a humane and ethical manner.

  • Started Baby Quail Available!

    Five Left! Hatched 2/1/23, variety of colors-unsexed. $5 each or all 5 for $20.

    More eggs in the incubator now.

    Cage with feeder and waterer and manure catch pan and egg roll-out: $35

    Complete setup for 10 hens and 2 rooster breeder cage or 12 hen layer cage.

    Fertile quail eggs for hatching (1-3 days from being laid) $25 for 50 eggs.

    Eggs for eating (over 3 days or refrigerated eggs) $10 for 50 eggs.

    Text your order now (507) 306-3929.

  • Adorable Bunnies for Sale

    Introduction: Welcome to our bunny farm, where you can find the cutest and healthiest bunnies for sale. Our bunnies are well-cared for, with plenty of love and attention from our team. We breed different varieties of bunnies, from lop-eared and dwarf lionheads to meaty New Zealands, so you’re sure to find the perfect rabbit for you.

    Benefits of Owning a Bunny:

    • Low Maintenance: Bunnies are clean and easy to care for, making them ideal pets for busy families or first-time pet owners.
    • Affectionate: Bunnies are social animals and love to be cuddled and petted, providing a source of comfort and joy.
    • Kid-Friendly: Small bunnies are gentle and safe around children, making them great pets for families with kids.

    Available Bunnies: Here are some of the bunnies we have available for sale:

    Ready now! Only boys left, girls are spoken for.

    REW F, REW M, Fawn M*, Seal F, Seal M

    Black M, Chestnut F*, Broken Tort M*, Chestnut M*, Tort M

    * Denotes Non-showable Colors. If your planning to show these colors will NOT work for you!

    Pricing: Bucks are $30, or get two for $50. Does are $50 each. If your interested in breeding, let us know so we can help you select unrelated bunnies.

    Contact Us: If you’re interested in adopting a bunny or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can contact us through the following methods:

    • Phone: (507) 306-3929 [Text Preferred]
    • Facebook: DVLionheads
    • Email:
    • Address: PO Box 21, Ostrander, MN 55961

    Thank you for considering our bunnies for adoption. We look forward to helping you find the perfect furry friend!

  • Business Opportunities in Iowa

    There are many different types of businesses that can be successful in Iowa, and the best option for a money-making business will depend on factors such as the individual’s skills, interests, and resources. However, some industries that have the potential to be profitable in Iowa include:

    1. Agriculture: Iowa is a leading agricultural state and is known for its production of corn, soybeans, and pork. Starting a farm or agribusiness, such as a grain elevator or feed mill, could be a profitable venture.
    2. Manufacturing: Iowa has a strong manufacturing industry, particularly in the areas of machinery, food processing, and chemical production. Starting a manufacturing business in one of these areas could be a good option.
    3. Renewable Energy: Iowa is a leading state in the production of wind energy, there are more than 100 wind farms operating in the state, and it’s also a leading state in ethanol production. Starting a business in the renewable energy sector such as a wind turbine or solar panel installation company could be a profitable option.
    4. Healthcare: The healthcare industry is consistently growing, and starting a business in the healthcare field, such as a home health care agency or medical equipment supplier, could be a profitable venture in Iowa.
    5. Food and Beverage: Iowa’s food and beverage industry continues to grow, with a strong emphasis on artisanal and locally-sourced products. Starting a business such as a craft brewery, restaurant, or specialty food store could be a successful option.

    It’s worth noting that before starting a business, a comprehensive market research and feasibility study should be done to analyze the industry, competition, target market, and projected income.

  • Economics of Raising Rabbits

    Welcome to! Today we are going to talk about the economics of raising meat rabbits on a small scale. Meat rabbit breeding is an efficient and rewarding way to produce healthy, delicious meat for consumption. Even in a small back yard or corner of your garage, anyone can produce enough rabbits to both feed their own family, provide starting breeding stock for others, and generate enough income to cover all your feed costs.

    Plan to build or buy two large cages for each doe, and one smaller holding cage for each buck. Each doe will need a cage for her and her younger litters, and another cage for her older litter from weaning at 7 weeks to processing at 8 to 12 weeks. Having this extra cage also allows you to hold on to the best of each litter to evaluate for breeding stock or sale. Ideally, bunnies are weaned by removing the mother and leaving them in the same cage, this is not at all stressful and they will continue to eat, gain, and grow the best in their birth cage with their siblings. Removing bunnies at a tender age to an unfamiliar place often results in losses, as stress causes some of the bunnies to stop eating or drinking, become sick, and often die. If you want to try to move them, or try a rabbit tractor or other type of housing, wait until the bunnies are 8 weeks or older.

    Identify a source of feed for your rabbits as soon as possible. You need to find a local farmer who will sell you small numbers of small square bales of hay, and hopefully offers delivery if you don’t have your own pickup truck. Your also going to be looking for a feed store, not a department or pet store. Look for a co-op if at all possible, and ask them if they carry rabbit feed, oats, and black oil sunflower seeds. When you visit, ask for a feed tag and compare the price, ingredients, and quality of the feeds offered locally. When you find a feed you like, sign up for a membership, and let them know that you will be using this to feed your MEAT rabbits, then they will not charge you sales tax. Also, with an account, you can call ahead if you can’t make it to the location before they close, they can leave your feed out on the loading dock for you to pick it up, this will make your life a lot easier. You will also need hay, any type of clean fresh hay suitable for horses or dairy cattle will work, and get small square bales weighing 40-60 pounds. Often you can keep a few bales on a pallet covered with a tarp and have it delivered, or haul individual bales in the trunk of your car.

    The ideal start is to begin with 4 large cages for your females with litters, two smaller cages with a solid divider between them for your males, and “J” feeders with a screen bottom. You will need two solid wooden nest boxes that will fit into your bigger cages. Water can be provided with crocks, bottles, or ideally with an automatic watering system. Your rabbits should be minimally related or unrelated stock, pure bred, pedigreed, and preferably two males and two females. Purchase young healthy rabbits, or if possible two bucks and a doe that are young and a proven doe which is around 1 year of age and is bred but not due for a couple weeks. If you are completely new to rabbits, I recommend a experienced bred doe because she will most likely do a perfect job raising her litter, sparing you the heartache which can oftentimes occur with a doe’s failed attempt at raising her first litter. Also, this means you will be seeing output fairly soon after your start, and are less likely to lose interest in breeding and raising rabbits.

    The breeding process begins with selecting a buck and doe for breeding. The buck should be healthy and of good size, with a solid frame and thick coat. The doe should be of similar size and build to the buck, with a good temperament. These two rabbits should be introduced to each other through placing the doe in the buck’s cage. If they mate successfully, the buck will mount the doe, who will lift her hind end, and the buck will fall off to one side and often even squeal. Allow two or three mating’s and then the doe should be returned to her own cage. After a few hours, return her briefly for another breeding or two, then put her back into her cage again.

    After 28 days, the doe is ready to begin building her nest. Give her a wooden nesting box stuffed with straw, hay, or wood shavings. Any dry fluffy bedding will work, as she will make her nesting cavity and line it with fur from her belly. You will probably not notice her delivering her litter, you will hopefully just see a pile of fur one day 30 to 32 days after the breeding date. Once the doe has given birth, the kits should be left with their mother for seven weeks. During this time, the mother will provide them with the nutrition they need to grow. After five weeks, the doe will begin to wean the kits, so the doe can be rebred at 5 weeks, and removed to a new cage seven weeks after delivering the first litter to begin preparing for her next litter.

    Rabbit raising can be a profitable enterprise, but it requires a thorough understanding of the market, proper management, and a solid business plan to ensure success. Ninety percent of your expenses will be feed, so finding an inexpensive, quality feed for your rabbits should be your top priority. Research indicates that rabbits require 4.4 pounds of feed to produce 1 pound of live rabbit. Most producers feed a blend that is 75% pellets, 20% oats, and 5% black oil sunflower seeds. It is important to feed a good quality hay, generally a 75% grass and 25% alfalfa or clover hay works the best. Feed alternating days, feeding hay every day and pellet blend only every other day. Feeding a small amount of treats, including garden produce, bananas, carrots, turnips, and grass clippings from the yard is a great way to reduce feed costs and the rabbits enjoy them. Another important treat is any leafy twigs and tree trimmings from any type of tree, except black walnut.

    Here are some key economic considerations for a rabbit raising business:

    Costs: The cost of feed, housing, and equipment is a significant expense for starting up a rabbit raising business. Feed accounts for the largest portion of the costs and prices can fluctuate depending on the location. Veterinary care is not generally a large consideration for meat rabbits, and there are no vaccinations required. Health-related expenses should generally only be taken into account for pet rabbits. The cost of land, building, and equipment to house the rabbits should also be considered, but in the beginning please don’t spend too much money until a year or two in and your positive you are going to want to continue on with rabbit raising.

    Generally, used cages can be picked up very reasonably compared to new equipment, consult Craig’s list and Facebook marketplace to find used cages, or even post your own ad for cages wanted. Cages will be fine as long as they are not rusted out and have smooth wire floors. Cages can be suspended by old pallets and covered with tarps initially, until you decide how you want to set your rabbitry up. Manure removal is the main consideration as rabbits produce an incredible amount of droppings. Airflow is also much more important than keeping the rabbits warm. Rabbits do fine in a wide variety of temperatures, and as long as they are kept dry they will thrive outdoors, even in winter.

    The revenue generated by a rabbit raising business comes primarily from the sale of live rabbits, rabbit meat, and rabbit droppings. In order to generate a profit, the revenue generated by these sales must be greater than the costs of the business. The price of live rabbits, rabbit meat, and rabbit fur can fluctuate depending on the location and the demand. If your raising your own meat supply, the value of your rabbits can be priceless if there is no meat available in the stores. Looking for markets for secondary products can be extremely profitable and monetize what would otherwise be a complete loss. Many people sell young bunnies lost to exposure for snake food, ears and tails can be dried for pet treats, feet can make keychains, and skins and hides have many uses.

    The market for rabbit meat and fur is growing, with a projected compound annual growth rate of 3.5% from 2020 to 2027. The demand for rabbit meat is increasing as more people seek out alternative protein sources, while the use of rabbit fur in clothing and accessories is also on the rise. It’s important to conduct a market analysis to understand the demand for rabbit products in your area and to set prices accordingly. The manure from rabbits is the absolute best fertilizer in the world. it can be used directly without composting, and you cant use too much, any amount is fine directly onto any garden plants or trees. It has very low odor if kept dry, and the small hard round pellets are very easy to handle and spread. The urine is also a eco-friendly insecticide and fertilizer, with high levels of crystalized calcium that directly kills many insect and nematode garden pests, and repels slugs and snails. Earthworms thrive in rabbit manure and can be effectively fattened for sale as fish worms. Maggots can be raised and fattened effectively in moist rabbit manure either in separate beds or directly under the cages. If you have a few chickens, they can be fed directly from foraging under the rabbit cages.

    The profitability of a rabbit raising business depends on several factors, including the cost of feed, housing, and equipment, the demand for rabbit meat and fur, and the number of rabbits that can be raised per square foot. Additionally, the prices at which the products are sold will also affect the profitability of the business. It’s essential to conduct a feasibility study to evaluate the demand, competition, and costs in the area you plan to operate. Starting with purebred, pedigree stock expands your marketing options greatly. Crossbred rabbits generally cannot even be given away while pedigreed rabbits are generally in the $30 to $50 range. Even though you can’t eat a pedigree, it does provide a lot of information on the color and size of the bloodlines you are working with, and provides guidance for your breeding program so you can avoid accidently inbreeding your rabbits.

    With five litters per year and using two cages per doe, meat rabbit breeders can produce a significant number of rabbits for butchering. Select your starting stock from rabbits with tested and proven production lines, not top show animals, and not with crossbreds obtained from just anywhere. A productive rabbit from a proven bloodline should produce 5 litters of 7 to 9, so a total of 40 bunnies per year. Any doe who does a good job with two or three litters can be considered for saving breeding replacements. When a doe has raised three good litters of 8 to 12 young, makes a good nest, produces lots of milk and is a good mother, it will be advisable to save 2 exceptional males and 5 exceptional females for keeping as replacements or selling as breeding stock. These 7 breeding quality rabbits, with pedigrees, as well as the expected 33 meat rabbits will be worth a total of $530 at todays prices. However, at todays prices again, to produce these rabbits the doe and bunnies will eat $150 of hay, $200 of pellets, $40 of oats, and $30 of black oil sunflower seeds for a total feed cost of $420. Also, the cost of equipment and supplies must be amortized, not leaving anything for the producers time in the care and feeding over the course of the year. Rabbits clearly can NOT be considered a get rich quick endeavor.

    In conclusion, rabbit raising can be a profitable enterprise, but it requires a thorough understanding of the market, proper management, and a solid business plan to ensure success. It’s essential to conduct a feasibility study and to have a good understanding of the costs and the revenue in order to set prices and make a profit. Additionally, keeping the rabbits healthy, clean and well-fed, and adhering to regulations and best practices are important factors for the success of the business. For example, keeping track of your expenses carefully, and comparing several different feed sources and systems can help you find the best system for you. Feeding one group of growing rabbits a straight rabbit pellet feed and feeding another group only hay and grain, you can track weight gain and growth rate against your expenses. The difference in this data can make the difference between success and failure raising meat rabbits.

  • Showing Rabbits

    Rabbit showing is a popular hobby that allows rabbit enthusiasts to showcase their animals and compete against other breeders. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced breeder, rabbit showing can be a fun and rewarding experience.

    Before you start showing your rabbits, it’s important to understand the basics of rabbit showing. First, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the different rabbit breeds and their standard of perfection, which is a set of guidelines that outline the ideal characteristics of each breed. This includes things such as size, weight, fur type, and color. You’ll also need to understand the different classes of rabbits, such as junior, 6-8, senior, and grand champion, as well as the different size groups.

    Another important aspect of rabbit showing is preparing your rabbits for the show. This includes grooming your rabbits to ensure they are clean and presentable, as well as training them to be handled and displayed properly. Your rabbit needs a clear legible tattoo in it’s LEFT ear, many breeders can help you out with this if you don’t have a tattoo kit yourself. You’ll also need to make sure your rabbits are healthy, free from disease, and have the appropriate healthcare can nail trimming.

    When you arrive at the show, you’ll need to check in and register your rabbits with the show superintendent. You’ll also need to have all the necessary equipment, such as cages, feed and water dishes, and grooming supplies. Once the show begins, your rabbits will be judged on their conformation, or how closely they match the standard of perfection for their breed. The judge will also evaluate the rabbits’ overall health and condition, as well as their disposition and behavior.

    When the judging is complete, ribbons and awards will be given out to the top rabbits in each class. Even if you don’t win, rabbit showing is a great opportunity to learn from other breeders and improve your own rabbits.

    Overall, rabbit showing can be a fun and rewarding hobby for rabbit enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. It’s a great way to showcase your rabbits and compete against other breeders, as well.

  • Selling Rabbits for Breeding Stock

    Selling rabbits for breeding stock can be a profitable aspect of a rabbit raising business. Rabbit breeding can be a profitable enterprise if you are able to produce high-quality, purebred rabbits that are in demand by other breeders or hobbyists.

    There are several ways to sell breeding stock, including:

    • Wholesale to other breeders
    • Retail to individuals through a company website or physical store
    • Online sales through marketplaces such as eBay or Craigslist
    • At rabbit shows and events

    To be successful in selling breeding stock, it’s important to have a good understanding of the different rabbit breeds and their characteristics, as well as the market demand for those breeds. It’s also important to produce healthy, high-quality rabbits that are suitable for breeding, and to provide accurate information about the rabbits’ lineage, health, and any show or performance accomplishments.

    Additionally, it’s essential to have proper facilities, equipment, and practices in place to ensure the health and welfare of the rabbits, as well as to comply with any applicable laws or regulations.

    In summary, selling rabbits for breeding stock can be a profitable aspect of a rabbit raising business, but it requires a good understanding of the market, the rabbit breeds, and the best practices for breeding and raising rabbits.

  • Can you make money raising rabbits?

    Rabbit raising can be a profitable enterprise if done correctly. There are many factors that can affect the profitability of a rabbit raising business, including the cost of feed, housing, and equipment, the demand for rabbit meat and fur, and the number of rabbits that can be raised per square foot.

    One of the advantages of rabbit raising is that they reproduce quickly and have a high feed conversion rate, meaning they convert feed into meat and fur efficiently. Also, they have a low environmental impact and are easy to care for.

    Rabbit meat is considered a healthy and lean alternative protein source, and the demand for rabbit meat is increasing as more people seek out alternative protein sources. The market for rabbit fur is also growing, especially in the fashion industry.

    However, it’s important to note that starting a rabbit raising business requires significant investment upfront, and it’s essential to conduct a feasibility study to evaluate the demand, competition, and costs in the area you plan to operate. Also, it’s crucial to have a good understanding of the market, including the prices of the products, the demand, and the target audience to be able to set the prices and make a profit.

    Selling rabbit manure as a fertilizer can be a profitable aspect of a rabbit raising business. Rabbit manure is considered a high-quality fertilizer due to its high nitrogen content and low odor, making it a valuable addition to any garden or farm.

    There are several ways to sell rabbit manure, including:

    • Wholesale to commercial farmers and garden centers
    • Retail to home gardeners and hobby farmers
    • Online sales through a company website or marketplace
    • At farmers markets or through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program

    It’s important to note that the sale of rabbit manure requires adhering to all federal, state, and local regulations, including properly storing and packaging the manure to prevent contamination and properly labeling the product to inform customers of its contents.

    Additionally, to ensure the best quality of the rabbit manure, it’s essential to keep the rabbits’ living area clean, use proper bedding, and manage the manure properly to avoid any disease or parasite.

    Selling rabbit manure can be a profitable aspect of a rabbit raising business, and it’s important to follow regulations and best practices to ensure the quality of the manure and customer satisfaction.

    In summary, rabbit raising can be a profitable enterprise, but it requires a thorough understanding of the market, proper management, and a solid business plan to ensure success. Selling rabbit manure can be a profitable aspect of a rabbit raising business, and it’s important to follow regulations and best practices to ensure the quality of the manure and customer satisfaction.

  • You CAN raise your own meat and eggs!

    Welcome to Mystical Springs.

    At Mystical Springs, we are dedicated to helping you create a sustainable, low-maintenance system for providing your family with a steady supply of healthy, delicious meat. We specialize in raising rabbits in urban environments, providing you with everything you need to create a successful, self-sustaining system. We provide comprehensive guides and advice on housing, nutrition, and care for rabbits, as well as a selection of top-quality feed and supplies.

    With the right knowledge and supplies, you can easily create a successful system that will provide your family with a steady supply of delicious, healthy meat. Rabbit meat is high in protein and low in fat, making it a healthy and nutritious choice for your family. Our rabbits are raised in a safe and humane environment and are given the best possible care and nutrition to ensure they stay healthy and productive. Thank you for visiting Town Rabbit Raising. We look forward to helping you create your own self-sustaining system.

    Why Are Eggs So Expensive Today?

    Eggs are one of the most widely consumed food items in the world, yet they remain one of the most expensive items in the grocery store. Why are eggs so expensive when they’re so widely available? The answer is a complex combination of factors that influence the egg industry.

    The price of eggs is largely determined by the cost of production. Most egg producers use large-scale, automated facilities to raise and process their eggs, and these systems require significant investments in equipment and labor. Additionally, the cost of feed and bedding materials, which vary greatly based on the season, can also drive up the cost of egg production.

    In addition to production costs, the egg industry is also subject to government regulations. The government sets minimum prices for eggs, which can drive up the cost for consumers. Additionally, the Bird-Flu scare allowed the government to destroy millions of birds and stop egg imports, which has lead to higher prices for eggs.

    Finally, changes in consumer demand can also affect the price of eggs. As more consumers become aware of the health benefits of eggs, the demand for eggs has risen, leading to higher prices. Additionally, the popularity of organic and free-range eggs has driven up the cost for organic eggs.

    Large producers are under contract on prices, so the recent feed price increases were not immediately expressed in the egg cost to the consumer, but this increasing is being felt now, as egg prices have shot up from $0.99 a dozen to well over $8 per dozen now!

    What can you do?

    Even if you live in town, you can raise quail for eggs. Enough eggs can be produced in a 10 gallon aquarium for the average family. There is generally no government regulations or ordinances preventing raising quail, the way there generally is on chickens and other larger fowl, such as ducks, geese, or turkeys.

    The Pros and Cons of Raising Chickens: Raising chickens has become increasingly popular in recent years, but it’s important to understand the pros and cons before taking on this endeavor. While there are many benefits to raising chickens, there are also some potential drawbacks that you should consider before making the decision to raise your own flock. One of the biggest pros of raising chickens is that they can provide a steady supply of fresh eggs. Depending on the breed, chickens can lay up to 6 eggs per week, providing a sustainable source of nutrition for your family. Additionally, chickens can provide valuable manure for your garden, as well as pest control around the yard. However, there are also some potential drawbacks to raising chickens. Chickens require a significant investment of time and money to maintain, and they are vulnerable to disease and predators. Additionally, some breeds of chickens can be loud and messy, which can be a nuisance to neighbors.

    Quail can produce small but nutritious eggs in an incredibly small space, and extremely efficiently. They make noises few people can identify, and generally are not as loud and messy as chickens and are easy to conceal in a home, garage, or yard. Ultimately, raising any animal can be a rewarding experience, but it’s important to weigh the pros and cons before taking on this endeavor.

    We can provide you with live birds, proper equipment, and the know how you will need to provide fresh nutritious eggs for your family today! Visit our farm store at

  • Catching Swarms of Bees Equals Free Bees!

    Catching Swarms of Bees Equals Free Bees!

    Ever have the desire to start beekeeping? Was this desire killed when you looked into actually ordering bees and beekeeping supplies? Yes, bee prices are going through the roof, and honey prices just haven’t kept pace. To start brand new in bees, two hives and new equipment, two packages of bees, extraction supplies, and the basic protective gear….you could easily be down $1000! All this with no guarantee you will get any honey or your bees will even survive or make it through the winter.

    10-Frame Medium 6-5/8″ Starter Kit Commercial Assembled/Painted


    So what is a good way to start? Catching swarms! Catching swarms is not as hard as it seems. You don’t need anything fancy, but generally brand new wooden wares are not likely to attract a bee swarm, and specially designed swarm boxes can work great but have no other use.

    Early Summer Prime Swarm

    The easiest, least expensive way to get into beekeeping is to just purchase some used equipment and set it out and up and wait. If you do catch a swarm, just leave them entirely alone and see if they make it through the winter. If they do, perfect, if not, you can scavenge any leftover honey in the spring without any type of protective gear. Your equipment will still be worth the same, and your not out anything for bees.

    Flaming used boxes to kill spores.

    The bees can take care of themselves, and generally any manipulations a beginning beekeeper does only causes more harm than good. In the spring, if your bees make it through, you can split your hive and if you still enjoy the hobby, you can keep with it. If you decide beekeeping isn’t for you, you can sell everything and generally make money over your initial investment.

    The key to swarm catching is to have used frames with drawn wax. The size of the box is also important, you need a full size box to catch a full size swarm, large enough to be likely to make it through the winter. Setting up a full deep box and a medium super above seems to be the perfect size. In the late spring, the medium box can be put on a new base for a walk-away split, and a new super put on your main hive. Mixing new and old frames keeps your hive fresh and clean. When you extract your honey the cheapest way (scrape) you renew your wax.

    Swarm Lure
    Lemongrass Oil

    Most everything you need to know about the condition of your hive you can tell from watching the bees come and go from outside, in fact, it is easy to watch the bees for hours-most relaxing time ever! If the bees are outside the hive is clumps, they need more space. If there not very active and are not bringing in any pollen on their legs, you have a problem. If your bees are annoying you and getting into everything, you just may need to feed them.

    If your lucky enough, you may see scout bees checking out your box, and if your really lucky, you may get to watch the swarm come!