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Title: New Hobby!


MandMRabbitry - January 29, 2009 08:21 PM (GMT)
So i found a new hobby. This sunday my baby Jumbo Brown Coturnix Quail will be born. And in 6 weeks they will start making more babies for me :D And from there out i will be selling meat (dressed and undressed), eggs for hatching or eating, along with premade recipes to order such as pickled eggs. And yes I am licesend by the NC Agriculture board as a legal producer and seller. :wtg

Here's a picture of what the little fatties will look like, Once the housing setup is complete i'll post new pics.

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SCG - January 29, 2009 08:25 PM (GMT)
Interesting.

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And from there out i will be selling meat (dressed and undressed)


Ummm, who'll be doing that? I know what softies you and Bret are.

MandMRabbitry - January 29, 2009 08:37 PM (GMT)
We can handle non-friendly, non-furry animals. Its the cuddly buddy ones we wuss out on. LOL. :P

MidnightBunnies - January 29, 2009 08:43 PM (GMT)
Will you be taking orders for the NC shows? I don't suppose there'd be any chance of you expanding into Pheasants? They're really yummy too! :)

MandMRabbitry - January 29, 2009 09:10 PM (GMT)
Look at you reading my mind. LOL. I will be taking orders for shows and i do ship. I'm looking into the pheasants also, but it will probably be atleast 2 months before i'll get into them because they require a little more in depth housing and whatnot.

WhisperingPinesRabbitry - January 30, 2009 02:21 AM (GMT)
Wow! I think you rival me for how many irons you have in the fire. LOL! Good luck with your new adventure! Sounds fun!

MandMRabbitry - January 30, 2009 03:35 AM (GMT)
Thanks, I'm determined to stress myself out some more :P

We've decided the pheasants are a little too much to work with right now, they are iffey to get to lay enough eggs a year to cover their expenses. So we are going to hold off atleast til mid summer until looking into them again. However, we have decided to do Chukar partridges in addition to quail. They are a happy median for a meat/egg/game hunting bird with their sizes being between the quail and pheasants.

We are also in the process of expanding our chicken farm. We are focusing on the rare blue and black giant cochins since we already have starter stock. Their fertilized eggs are rather valuable as they are a hard breed to consistenly produce. And we are also doing blue, black, and white silkies because they bring alot of $$ up here. And of course we still have the consistent duck breedings for babies and fertilized eggs...again bringing big $$ because the one breed is rare here and the other 2 highly desirable as well.

Over the last 6 hours I already have 1 order for cochins, 2 orders for silkies, and 12 orders for quail/chukars. And of course a list as long as my leg on ducks building from 3 months ago. I'm amazed at how many people are putting the meat and hatchable eggs on reserved pre-orders all ready. :woohoo

Now if i can get my dwarfs to sell this well. LOL. :P


bedard'sbunnybungalow - January 30, 2009 04:11 AM (GMT)
cough cough...just for the record you are the BIGGEST copy cat I know :P i wanted/got quail....i actually started winning legs @ shows now I suppose you will start doing that too huh? :D friendly competition/ranting. Im just kiddin with you. I do want those californian quail though.

I also had a lucky trip to the auction tonight. Last night me and Kaitlin saw a sebright hen (golden) at a fellow rabbit raiser's house and we wanted one. Tonight i got a golden hen and a silver sebright hen for $10 :yay

SCG - January 30, 2009 10:11 AM (GMT)
JD, do you ever see Japanese bantams? That's a breed I want when I start poultry. I haven't seen them in my neck of the woods. Don't think I've even seen one in a poultry show.

MandMRabbitry - January 30, 2009 12:26 PM (GMT)
Dennie, I have a rooster and 2 hens in that breed sitting in my backyard for sale right now. LOL. They are the cochin variety though, so they look like the normal white ones except they have feathers on their feet. I think the roo may actaully carry the splash gene cuz he has one random black feather on this chest, so babies are going to be surprise. :D

Jd dear, i was winning legs a long time before you ever knew what rabbit showing was :P But don't worry, i didnt steal your idea, you got them as pets and got scared of somebody boo hooing over a natural thing. :rolleyes: I saw them for the first time at auction and realized there is a real profit there :P So i expanded even further to include a variety of breeds. I got that entrepreneur thing going on in, its the only way to keep your head up in a crappy economy :wtg

bedard'sbunnybungalow - January 30, 2009 01:25 PM (GMT)
I know you were Vicky. Just giving you a hard time....

Dennie...I got a golden and a silver sebright which is a "cultivar or variety" of a japanese bantam. go to:
www.cacklehatchery.com and look at bantams, there is a Jap. link under that to show you all the different ones.

SCG - January 30, 2009 01:26 PM (GMT)
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Dennie, I have a rooster and 2 hens in that breed sitting in my backyard for sale right now. LOL. They are the cochin variety though, so they look like the normal white ones except they have feathers on their feet. I think the roo may actaully carry the splash gene cuz he has one random black feather on this chest, so babies are going to be surprise


No, if they are Cochins, they aren't Japanese. Cochins are a breed, not a variety. Japanese are beautiful sleek birds with short legs and tall upright tails. Usually white or black, or white or buff w/black tails. Look them up and you'll see what I mean. McMurry McMurry has them in their catalog. I don't want feathered feet anyways.

Do you get Backyard Poultry magazine? I've been taking it for over a year now to learn about chickens, and I recommend it. McMurry and a couple other poultry dealers send me the catalogs automatically because of it.

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I got a golden and a silver sebright which is a "cultivar or variety" of a japanese bantam. go to:
www.cacklehatchery.com and look at bantams, there is a Jap. link under that to show you all the different ones.



Thanx for the link, JD. Yeah, that's them. Nice to know they come in even more colors. But I'd rather get live birds than a minimum order shipment. I won't be in it for profit, I just like pretty birds and want to keep a few.

And no, Sebrights are not that, either. It's the long tail and short legs that I like about Japs.

bedard'sbunnybungalow - January 30, 2009 07:40 PM (GMT)
I was just using that link for the picture reference. I will look. I have a rooster i think is a Jap. I will look again to see. Do you like the sebrights? The two I got evidently were pets that were taken care of well. They will sit on my sholder and they kinda know "step up". I thought that was interesting

Edit to say: I have a Grey Japanese Bantam Rooster

MandMRabbitry - February 5, 2009 03:44 PM (GMT)
Here's my starter herd:

10 mixed color jumbos about 4 weeks old:
choco pharaohs, white pharaoh, bobwhite, brown pharaoh, and regular jumbo

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And 10 two day old babies: yellow ones will be white, two tone ones will be bobwhite, others will be regular brown or pharaoh. They are all so cute, none are bigger than a quarter!

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And finally I have 80 eggs going into the incubator today :)

busy b - February 5, 2009 10:33 PM (GMT)
Wish you luck. Good eaten, I want mine dressed out please :D




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