BIG PINE FARM

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HELLO!

WE ARE LOCATED ALMOST EXACTLY HALF-WAY BETWEEN HUTCHINSON AND LITCHFIELD ON MINNESOTA  HIGHWAY 22.    WE ARE JUST GETTING STARTED AS WE JUST MOVED HERE ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO.  WE SELL EGGS OFF OUR FARM AND ARE WORKING ON EXPANDING TO THE LOCAL CO-OPS AND FARMERS’ MARKETS.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             WE PLAN TO RAISE FREE-RANGE MEAT CHICKENS THIS SUMMER.  THESE ARE NOT LIKE THE CORNISH ROCK CROSS. THEY WILL HAVE A MORE EVEN RATIO OF WHITE AND DARK MEAT.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   WE CURRENTLY HAVE A FLOCK OF THIRTY-TWO SPOILED HENS THAT IS SUPPLYING US WITH LIGHT AND DARK BROWN, GREEN, OLIVE, BLUE, PINK AND CREAM COLORED EGGS.   OUR EGG SIZES ARE MEDIUM, LARGE, X-LARGE, AND JUMBO  (SMALL EGGS GO TO THE FOOD SHELF).  OUR HENS ARE FED NATURALLY SOURCED MINNESOTA MADE FEED WITH PREBIOTICS AND PROBIOTICS AND AN OMEGA3 SUPPLEMENT.  WE USE NO ANTIBIOTICS.  OUR HENS ARE FREE-RANGE (WEATHER PERMITTING) AND ALWAYS CAGE FREE!  OUR CHICKENS HAVE WHAT IS CALLED AN “ENRICHED COLONY“. (MEANS “REALLY SPOILED“)  THEY HAVE FREE ACCESS TO FEED, OYSTER SHELLS, AND GRIT. THEY HAVE TWO SCRATCH/SUPPLIMENT BLOCKS WHICH HELPS TO DETER BOREDOM AND REPLACES THE VITAMINS AND MINERALS THAT THEY COULD BE  MISSING IN THE WINTER.  THEY HAVE DIRT BATH AND SCRATCH AREAS, SIXTEEN HANDMADE WOODEN NESTBOXES (THANKS HONEY!) AND NUMEROUS ROOSTS AT DIFFERENT HEIGHTS (THANKS HONEY!) TO KEEP EVERYBODY  HAPPY! HAPPY! HAPPY!  THEY ARE GIVEN SCRATCH AND CALLED “CHICK! CHICK! CHICK!” EVERYTIME WE COLLECT EGGS AND THROW SCRATCH GRAINS SO THEY ARE ALWAYS HAPPY TO SEE US.  YES, THEY DO COME WHEN THEY ARE CALLED. THIS WORKS GREAT ESPECIALLY  WHEN WE NEED TO COOP THEM UP AT NIGHT IN THE SUMMER.  WE USE HAY IN THEIR NESTBOXES BECAUSE IT MAKES A SOFTER, NICER NESTING AREA.  WE USE DITCH HAY ON THE FLOOR OF THEIR COOP DURING THE WINTER BECAUSE IT CONTAINS SEEDHEADS WHICH THEY LOVE TO SCRATCH AROUND AND EAT.  IT HELPS TO KEEP THEM FROM GETTING BORED DURING OUR LONG MINNESOTA WINTERS!  OUR COOP HAS HEAT LAMPS AND WATERER HEATERS  (THANKS HONEY!) DURING THE WINTER.  OUR BARN KITTIES KEEP THE CHICKENS ENTERTAINED BY CLIMBING ON THE WIRE FENCING AND WATCHING THEM.  WE ALSO KEEP GUINEA FOWL WITH OUR CHICKENS.  NOTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY GETS BY OUR WATCH-GUINEAS!!  IF IT DID,  OUR MINI-AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD, GREAT PYRENEES/LANDSEER NEWFOUNDLAND OR ITALIAN GREYHOUND WOULD MAKE SURE WE KNEW ABOUT IT!!

WHAT,  SPOILED, NO NEVER!!!!    JUST LOVED AND ENJOYED!!

Our eggs are cleaned, candled and graded as per the standards of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

PRODUCE AND HONEY SALES ARE ALSO IN OUR PLANS!

HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       SCOTT AND ALICE