Penny’s Story: Greg and I started dating in April 2009; Greg decided a few months before that, it would be fun to have a few chickens and ducks. So he purchased 30 Rhode Island Red chicks and 6 ducks. In fact, that was part of our first date, he took me to his house and showed me the metal shed where he was raising the babies. I have always been an animal lover but I have always been a city girl. So farm animals were new to me. You couldn’t just feed and water them and let them fend for themselves the way you can a house animal. As time went on, Greg decided he would like to raise rabbits for meat, which was the reason for the poultry also. He wanted to be able to raise his own, fresh food.
He bought used cages for the rabbits and built the stilts to put them on. In bad weather he would cover them with tarps, to protect them from the inclement weather as much as possible and to help with the sun shining directly on them. By this time the other animals were big enough to get out of the shed during the day and free range. Greg would work in the garden and the chickens would come help him by finding and eating all the worms and bugs they could. We named one chicken Alice and she was his buddy, she was right there with him every day he was working in the dirt to plant or weed the garden.
We were married in May of 2010. However, the next winter we had some pretty nasty days. So we discussed growing the farm and decided that if we were going to do that we should build a barn. So, we did just that. We have been growing ever since. Each time we add a new animal to our farm, I am totally amazed at Greg and his patience and kindness to each animal. Our farm has a real since of peace within it. When we add a new animal they just seem to fit right in. Of course, they have the occasional spats, so that one animal can show who really rules the roost but then they just live together like they have always been together. Our rabbits are in hanging cages on one half of the barn and the poultry gets the other. It works quite nicely.
I have learned a lot in the last few years with our new venture and I continue to learn more every day.
One of our grandsons and some ducks. Got to feed them.
We have had 19 "kids" born this year. Here are a few pics of them.
One of our favorite things is sharing our animals with our family.
After the work is done.
We love it when our grandsons want to help. They do such a great job.
Tours aren't always this hands on but sometimes it is the only way to show a friend around.
And our story continues:
We have been married for 7 years now and our farm has continued to grow in ways we would never have dreamed.
The last few years we have been shipping hatching eggs all over the country, to individuals and schools. We also sell our hatching eggs to the counties in our area for teachers to hatch in their classrooms. This way the kids can learn about the process of a chick hatching.
We have moved from 1 acre to 5 acres and have added Llamas mini horses, Shetland sheep and more goats. We love all of our animals and enjoy working with them and watching them grow. It has been interesting to watch them slowly explore all the extra land they have to move around in. But not close to the house or the yard that Greg and I will be enjoying each summer. That is until they escape through a hole in the fence. This means I can actually have flowers in the yard.
One of our favorite things to do is to sit outside on the porch in the evenings and watch the animals play. Sometimes we let the goats come join us.
Greg and I have been enjoying our goat’s milk daily from our girls. Each year we plan our does to kid in the spring and summer, but sometimes an accident will happen and we will have some in winter. Our goats are a very special part of our farm.
We love giving tours of our farm and enjoy getting to know our customers and their needs and wants for our products.
And our story continues............
This was our beginning:
Greg’s Story: I grew up very near my grandparents and spent a lot of time with my grandfather, who was retired. Granddad had nearly every type of plant and animal that you can imagine, and loved working with them. There were acres of garden. Animals included; chickens, turkeys, guineas, geese, ducks, horses, goats and bees.
After spending most of my adult life in town, I finally got myself a small acreage in the Texas Panhandle in 2003. Well, the orchard and garden started immediately. Then after a few years, the chickens and ducks were added. By 2009, I had added chickens, ducks and rabbits and was looking for geese.
Besides getting great tasting fresh eggs and meat that we know were raised humanely, we get to watch the antics of all the animals. They are a true blessing. All are entertaining and each breed and animal has its own personality.
Geese are probably the strangest, as they love attention, but do not want to be touched. They will talk to you when you are in the barn yard and come to within a few feet of you. If you talk to them, they will stay and converse. If you act like you are going to touch one, they all run away honking. The first year they had goslings, they kept parading the babies out to the road, like they were showing off for the passing cars. And passing cars often stopped to watch them. It was really funny because they would not go near the road until they had the babies to show off.
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