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Farm Progress

A photo of the Modern Day RedneckIt has been a rough and rocky start with the farm, but progress has been made. This little piece of land was once a bare cotton field. Now it is becoming a little farm with all the animals to go with it. Since it is a small two acres, every spot has to have a meaning and a purpose. Everything I am growing or building can be used in two to three different ways and most of the time creating a circle back to itself so no waste is involved.

I finished the barn this month and started to house it with chickens.

One sixteenth scale horse barn

It is 1/16 scale to a real horse barn and as soon as it was completed, I found out is was to small. The plan has changed a little from having chickens on the right, goats in the middle and rabbits on the left. Now all three are full of chickens. I never wanted to be an egg salesman, but it seems everyone wants eggs, and at $2.00 a dozen my chickens cannot lay enough. So to supply the demand, we changed our plan a little. Now we are feeding over 30 layers for nothing more than egg production with several more in the brooders ready to come out in a week or so.

The left side is dedicated to the wife’s mini chickens. She is incubating Serama eggs as we speak.

Serama eggs in an incubator

I have not found one person around this area selling the Serama chickens. If they can pay for themselves, I do not mind giving them a shot.

The poor rabbits were shoved out back of the barn and I was forced to do the first add on for their housing.

Rabbit hutch add on to the barn

I am raising Flemish Giants for three reasons. First is for their manure. Mixing rabbit manure with chicken manure makes for a perfect fertilizer. Rabbit manure used as a soil amendment is even higher in nitrogen than some poultry manures and it also contains a large amount of phosphorus – important for flower and fruit formation. It has an N-P-K ratio of 2.4-1.4-0.6. Also, rabbit manure, after it is cooked down, makes a great food for my worms which in turn feed the chickens and the fish.

Flemish Giant rabbits

Second, the FFA and 4-H in this area do not have much to chose from when it comes to show rabbits. If I can breed up to show quality, then the market for the Giants will expand. Thirdly, they are for food in case times get real bad.

The mini goats have taken a back seat for the time being. The way it looks I might have to build them their own barn.

Is it going as fast as I would like it to? No. But in just a few short months we have gone from a blank canvas cotton field to an almost working mini-farm. Future building plans include a brooder house, green house, above ground root cellar, solar shower and many more little things to turn this small piece of dirt into our dream.

You can watch it all being built on our personal blog Modern Day Redneck.

muck boot diva
8/9/2011 1:39:17 PM

We are raising Champagne D'Argents -- my MWM loves them -- on the plate that is... MBD

6/15/2010 8:30:10 AM

Hi... Just wanted to drop a quick note to say that it is a great looking barn..Nice to see animals in a nice new clean home. That 2 bucks a dozen egg price is a great deal. We sell eggs here in Maine and ours are 3 dollars a dozen and people snatch them up fast. The price of grain has gone up so much we had no choice but to raise the price last year. We too were charging $ 2 at th time. I was just curious as to how expensive grain is in other parts of the country..we pay 11.00 for 50 lbs of layer mash here in Maine. Take care..and good luck on your farm...Carmen from Homeland Farm

nebraska dave
5/27/2010 7:52:03 AM

Red, You have been busy. You are an awesome builder. It seems that there never is enough building room on a farm. I chuckled at the thought of already having to add on to the barn. For having a rough and rocky start I think you are doing great. I’m finding that your theory about double space duty is so true on small farms. It’s certainly true on my urban ranch of about ¼ acre. Of course my animals are only those that happen to stop by while traveling from one part of the neighborhood to another. They are sometimes a nuisance but most times strictly for entertainment. That’s a sweet little incubator that you use. I’ve never seen one quite like that. It looks like about 30 eggs will fit inside. That’s quite a lot for such a small little device. You must have a rooster in the hen house to be able to hatch out eggs. Thanks for sharing your stories. I’m looking forward to reading about the progress you have made in the next post.

5/26/2010 12:39:38 PM

Incredibly impressive!!!! I love the look, the design, etc. It is just tremendous what you have accomplished. And you only charge $2/dozen? No wonder your girls can't lay enough. That is a steal around here.

s.m.r. saia
5/26/2010 11:52:18 AM

Wow, what a great little barn! It's beautiful! It may be that I just read Susan's new post at Close To The Earth in Alaska, but in my opinion you've gotten a TON done the past few months.