This is only a page outline. We will be developing it as quickly as we can, since we are a new website and I wanted to get the page structure in place quickly.
Our homestead flocks page is devoted to our poultry. Currently we raise Embden and Pilgrim geese (previously have also raised Toulouse, Chinese, and Africans), mixed breeds of ducks (Indian Runner, Buff, Khaki Campbell), Muscovy ducks, and various breeds and mixes of chickens (Rhode Island reds, Barred Rocks, Silver-laced Wyandottes, Buff Orpingtons, our own black sex-links, Black Australorps, and Silkies). We have raised Guineafowl in the past but no longer do, and are looking into turkeys and quail for the future.
Our goals as a homestead are to produce flocks that are healthy and self-sustaining. We aim to raise our own babies, and to feed them naturally. Emphasis is placed on forage ability, broodiness, ability to raise babies. We aim for good egg-laying ability in our chickens and ducks especially, and are developing birds that lay well, producing eggs with large yolks. Utility for other purposes is important as well, producing meat, and serving as pest control as well as lawnmowers and even watchdogs (the geese provide lawn service and guard duty, LOL). (Article added: Goals of breeding homestead flock – chickens)
We feed as naturally as possible, using whole grains and sprouted grains, and growing a variety of feed. Our chickens are fed a wide variety of foods, since they eat practically anything (except onions). All of the poultry free-range on pasture and among other livestock. We have an interest in growing natural foods from the garden and other forage plants for our poultry.
As we develop them, we will include links to posts about all our poultry, including chickens, ducks, Muscovy, geese, guinea fowl. As well as opinions about turkeys, quail. For now you can read blog posts about our chickens, ducks, muscovies, and geese.
We will also include anecdotes, video, and photos of our own poultry, including:
Muscovy (2 drakes + 4 hens) tales of our muscovies and information on breeding, etc.
Ducks (drake + 5 hens) – duck breeding, photos, etc.
Geese (Pilgrims, The babies, Francesca, Playgirl, Boss, etc.) breeding information, feeding, etc.
Chickens (Red, Sgt. Rock, Randy, Rowdy, Hopalong Cassidy, Fidgit, Pearl, Rosie, Harlot, etc.) – photos, feeding, our plans for flock development and raising homestead chickens, sustainable chicken flock, raising your own chicks from within the flock.
Much more to come – as we are a relatively new website, we have a lot of developing to do. Please bookmark us and visit again, and if you are interested in any particular topic, feel free to leave a comment and we will do our best to address it first. (Updated June 28, 2012)