"The Sound of God's Laughter can be heard in the song of a bird."
|Posted by Joy on November 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM||comments (2)|
I am very excited to announce the opening of The Grain Loft, at the corner of Rogers Bridge Rd and Hwy 101 (across from the Barnyard Flea Market). FINALLY - a local market! The Grain Loft is a store supplyling bulk grains, baking goods and equipment. They will be opening Tuesday, November 13th and they will have Joyful Sounds Farm fresh eggs in stock on opening day. They are also planning to stock Milky Way Raw milk which I'm very excited about. The store hours will be as follows:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - 12:00 til 6:00
Thursday - 9:00 til 6:00
Saturday - 9:00 til 2:00
For more information on the Grain Loft, check out their Facebook page
This will be a great place for all of my local customers to pick up their eggs. I hope to see you all at the new store.
|Posted by Joy on August 31, 2012 at 11:55 PM||comments (0)|
It has been a very busy summer and it doesn't seem like it should be ending already. I had not planned on doing 2 days a week at the Lyman Farmer's Market. It was a new market that I found out about by accident and I was so happy about it. I really hope the Market will continue next year, it's a great location and there are some great vendors. We have had super customers who continue to come even though it was a slow beginning and we lost some vendors. This is a great opportunity for our community so if you are local and haven't been out to visit yet, please come on out. We hope to be there through November and maybe even once a month during the winter. That will depend on the customer response. I am currently low on eggs so I am only at the market on Saturdays right now. The hours are 9 until 1 every Saturday morning at 59 Groce Road, Lyman SC.
I was able to put some things up for the winter. I've canned salsa, sweet pickles, peaches and peach butter this summer. I also bought pickled beets from a neighbor who does them so good that I don't even want to try.
The heat this summer took a toll on us. We did lose some birds to the heat which caused us to start looking for some cooling options for the birds. We added a fan to the big coop as well as misters. The misters worked so well that we went back and found some bigger ones to add to the breeding yards. The birds would stand by the misters and wait on us to turn them on daily. We ran them all afternoon through July and most of August. I will have them for next year and hopefully we won't lose anymore birds to heat.
I apologize to my customers who were on waiting lists and never received the call to pick up birds. It has been a very hard year for me with hatching. I had fewer chicks and keets available and more customers waiting on them. I had an over abundance of mallard ducklings but the muscovy ducklings have come late in the season. They are still hatching as of this week. I am cutting back on the hatching due to time restraints. Baby chicks require a LOT of work and time. I will be hatching only for special orders for the rest of the year. Of course the hens do raise some of their own so I will still have chicks available at times.
We have also been dealing with some personal health issues in our family. My youngest son has had an ongoing health problem for about 1 1/2 years now and we think we have finally found a solution. Of course, the solution is requiring a lot of time and effort on my part. It seems that he is gluten intolerant, so we are changing the way we eat. I am cooking a lot more (and learning new ways to cook) because we have to eat at home a lot more. There are very few places that offer gluten free menu items. It's been a long process and I'm glad to be making progress but it sure has been hard. This is another reason for my lack of time with the baby chicks and such.
We have a new place that you can enjoy Joyful Sounds Farm fresh eggs. The Farmer's Table Restaurant in Spartanburg is now using our eggs. We deliver to them twice weekly. They use locally grown products when preparing their food. I personally know others who are providing fresh produce to them. If you didn't know about them, give them a try sometime. You won't be disappointed.
We are trying to make some improvements on the farm which will hopefully save a lot of time. We've added some automatic drinkers for some of the chickens. I hope by next year we can have them for all of the birds. They do save a lot of time. I also want to build a proper pigeon coop for my white fantail pigeons. Hoping to get that started very soon since the weather has cooled off a little bit. We still have a lot of work to do in the barn before we can bring Jonah's horse home. That will be a priority this Fall as well. We always have a "to do" list waiting on us.
I am looking forward to Fall and have high expectations of what we can do with the coming cooler temperatures. I hope you have much success with your "to do" list this Fall also. Thanks for checking in with us. I will update again, just as soon as I have a free minute.
|Posted by Joy on June 9, 2012 at 12:20 AM||comments (0)|
"Ask and you shall receive" - I've been wanting a local place to sell my eggs for my customers who are close by and a new market appears. Lyman now has a Farmer's Market. It has been open 2 weeks now. The hours are Wednesday 3:00 til 7:00, Thursday 3:00 til 7:00 and Saturday 8:00 til noon. Currently I am trying to be there on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I am posting my market dates on my Facebook page for anyone interested. There is a good variety of vendors providing: fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh S.C. raised Tilapia, landscape plants and trees, specialty teas, candles, homemade buttermilk soap, fresh breads and sweets and much, much more. It is a great indoor location, please come check it out and support your local farmers. 59 Groce Road, Lyman
We are no longer leaving eggs at Dr. Bruce's since they are available just down the street at the Farmer's Market. Sorry for any inconvenience.
|Posted by Joy on May 7, 2012 at 2:15 AM||comments (2)|
For all of you very local people who want to purchase Joyful Sounds Farm fresh eggs there is another place you can get them. Dr. Bruce, the chiropractor in Lyman, has my eggs in his office available for purchase. I deliver there weekly and you can be sure you'll get fresh eggs. You do not have to be a patient to shop there, The girls at the front desk will be glad to help you. His office is on Groce Rd in Lyman and his hours are 9:00 - 7:00 Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 9:00 - 5:00 on Tuesday, They close for lunch from 1:00 - 3:00 and they're closed on Thursday. They are open on Saturday mornings from 8:30 - 10:00. I would be glad to leave special orders there for pick-up if you call ahead and let me know what you'd like.
Our eggs are still available at Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery in Greenville on Cedar Lane Road for those of you in the Greenville area and at Belue Farms in Boiling Springs on Parris Bridge Road for the Spartanburg area.
|Posted by Joy on May 3, 2012 at 3:10 AM||comments (1)|
I wanted to make you all aware that my internet service has been out of order for the past 2 weeks. We also experienced telephone problems during that time. I'm sure that I've missed some messages and emails. If you left a message or tried to send an email and did not receive a response, please send it again or contact me as I have no way to recover those that were lost. The internet service seems to be working now and I hope to be able to catch up and get everyone a response very soon. My apologies for the inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.
|Posted by Joy on January 17, 2012 at 11:30 PM||comments (2)|
I have high hopes and big plans for 2012! We have been very busy here on the farm. In late Fall we finally got our barn up and now we are working on finishing it. We've added a big chicken coop for my layer flock. I finally got to move some birds in there last week and so far they seem very happy with the set up. I can lock them up safe and sound at night and let them out during the day. Right now they are turned out into a temporary yard because I'm wanting them to learn to stay in their new home. I hope to be able to give them the whole pasture to free range very soon. The barn isn't too far from the house and I know they'd really like to come back and sit on my front porch (which is what most of them were doing everyday). The barn is still under construction as we are planning on adding a brooder room to the other side opposite the coop. Then we will make a walk in stall behind the brooder room for our Haflinger Mike. Here's a few pics of the new coop.
The front door to the coop.
The back door and temporary yard.
Inside the coop with 107 of my layers. I have about 50 more to move in there. This is going to be so much easier to maintain (I hope) than the multiple smaller coops. We have the roosts hanging from the ceiling so they aren't touching the floor. This should make it easier to shovel the coop out. So that is my accomplishment for the month so far. Not too bad considering we've had short days, cold weather and plenty of rain.
Did you catch that I mentioned a horse back there? We've had this barn for several years and my husband never "got around" to putting it up. So what's a wife to do but motivate the husband by accumulating a few hundred chickens and then buying a horse! My son takes riding lessons and really wanted his own horse to work with. We're excited to have found a Haflinger gelding named Mike who has been trained to pull a plow and drive wagons. He has also been in parades so he's a well rounded horse. Well, he really is "well rounded" in that he's a bit overweight but we're working on that. Our friend Penny, the horse whisperer, has him at her ranch right now working on his ground training while we get the barn ready. Oh yes, we also need to put up a pasture fence. Here's a couple of pics of Mike and my son Jonah (future horse trainer). Look at that smile, how could I have said "no" to the horse?
We've also had plenty of predator issues the last 2 weeks. I've witnessed several hawks dive down at my ducks in the yard, so far no losses as the guineas sound the alarm just in time. But I did come home one night to find a coyote in my headlights in my front yard stalking the ducks. I scared him away with the car.....when I drove it right through the yard straight at him. If only I had my concealed weapons permit, I might could've got that one.
We're currently having thunderstorms. And the old saying goes "If in January you hear thunder, within 10 days you'll be snowed under". Time to stock up on chicken food. We had thunderstorms last January and they were followed by a big snowstorm that caught me off guard. I'm going to be more prepared this time. I hope you're all having a wonderful start to the new year. Stay warm and dry, and may you have your shotgun close if a coyote ventures into your yard. Until next time, happy chicken keeping!
|Posted by Joy on November 17, 2011 at 3:05 PM||comments (1)|
The first Winter Farmer's Market for this season will be this coming Sunday - November 20, 2011 at Sharon Rose Farm, 1872 Sharon Road, Woodruff SC from 2:00 to 6:00. Native Meats will be selling their wonderful pork, chicken, beef and turkeys. Joyful Sounds Farm will be there selling our chicken, duck and quail eggs. I'm sure there will be many other farms there with their fresh products for sale and no doubt Rollie will be giving his famous farm tours. It's sure to be a good time for all. Hope to see you there!
|Posted by Joy on November 1, 2011 at 11:55 PM||comments (2)|
It is cold....did I mention I hate cold weather? Well, it's dipping into the 30's here at night and I had baby mallard ducklings hatch today! They are the cutest, tiniest little babies. I didn't let Mama duck keep these. I'm afraid they won't make it through the first few days especially since we have rain predicted later this week. I also have promised these babies to a friend so it will be fun for her to hand raise them herself. Believe it or not, I still have one more mallard duck sitting on eggs. I don't know what these birds are thinking. I guess the same thing as me since both of my incubators are full and it seems I'll be hatching all winter. My greenhouse is full of chicks and guinea keets already. I believe I said last winter that I would never do this again. Keeping chicks warm, dry and healthy through the winter season is not an easy job. But I can't seem to stop myself. As a matter of fact, I have some very exciting news to share. I have purchased myself an early Christmas gift. Some really nice quality silkie eggs from Bobbi Porto herself. I have 2 dozen eggs coming later this week and I feel like I've won the lottery! I should be getting a nice variety of colors - black, white, blue, buff, splash. I will post pictures when the chicks hatch.
Besides hatching chicks, I am trying to think ahead and start winterizing things. I have been cleaning pens, putting down hay and pine straw and fresh shavings. There is still plenty of work to do and I'm hoping for a few more warm, sunny days. The duck house and the quail pen are still on the list. Those are big jobs. I also have plans for my husband to build at least 2 more coops, maybe 4 more coops. We need to finish adding the new breeder yards and get everybody into a nice, warm house with a big yard.
I've also purchased some new layer hens to help keep egg production up this winter. I've added some ISA Brown pullets, can't wait to see how they compare to the comets which seem to be the favorite for brown egg layers. So having added these hens which were just hatched this summer means that I will have plenty of layer hens for sale in the spring. They will be proven layers and still very young first year birds. Keep me in mind if you plan to add some new layers to your flock.
And on a different note, the predators seem to be in full swing now. I've lost a big blue marans rooster to a hawk and several serama hens to raccoons. At least I think it's raccoons. I also lost a little game hen that was in a hospital pen. The predator (I'm pretty sure it was a raccoon) reached through chicken wire and killed her then pulled her through the chicken wire. Those predators are crafty and determined. Be sure to keep that in mind when planning your coops. I always give my birds one completely covered end (2 corners) so that they can get away from raccoons. Raccoons will work together to scare the birds into a corner then they reach in from both sides and grab them. Sometimes even a good shelter isn't enough to stop the predator. Now we are staking out the yard, one raccoon was caught tonight. I love those masked bandits but I've had enough. They've been stealing eggs all summer but now that they've killed my birds, they must go.
I have lots of plans for future growth including a new barn for my layer flock and taking the garage away from my husband. That garage would make a fantastic brooder house. I'll keep you posted as we make progress.
|Posted by Joy on September 23, 2011 at 1:10 AM||comments (0)|
I am sad that summer is ending. I love summer, not the humidity and triple digits but I like the warm weather and long days. I love seeing the lightening bugs put on a show every night and I like it not getting dark until 9:30. But it seems that Fall is here and I hope we have a long Fall, a short winter and an early spring.
We have some very exciting things happening here at Joyful Sounds Farm. My youngest son had his first riding lesson today. He loves horses and being the smart boy that he is, he wants to learn how to take care of horses so we can have some. We have a wonderful instructor who is teaching him how to take care of horses as well as how to ride and be safe with horses. If anyone local is wanting to take lessons, I can recommend someone great. Ms. Penny is awesome, she knows everything there is to know about horses. She trains horses too, not just people.
We also have some hatching still going on. My muscovy duck hatched 9 fuzzy ducklings yesterday. Sophie (the oldest dog) is doing great with them. She takes her job very seriously and those ducklings run under her and she stands perfectly still until they are safely away from her feet. I was amazed to see Mama Duck take her babies right through the group of turkeys. The turkeys did not even act surprised to see them. I love it when everyone gets along.
I was honored to be invited to "WannaBeAFarmer" Potluck dinner last weekend at Sharon Rose Farm. I was asked to be available to answer any chicken related questions so I had a blast. I always love talking chicken. We had a wonderful time and met lots of people who share the same love of farming and animals.
The change in weather is bringing new work here too. It amazes me to see how 2 inches of rain can quickly create 6 inches of mud. I have a lot of work to do before winter arrives. There is always something to do on a farm. Never a dull moment. Here's hoping that I get at least half of it done before freezing weather arrives.