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Farm Name: MacKenzie Farm

Year Farm Established: 2000

Location: Acampo, CA

Years I’ve been farming: 15 years

Animals I raise: Cows, Chickens, Pigs, Cats and Dogs at times

Crops I grow: Fruits and veggies for home and family

Hobbies I enjoy: Photography, Scrapbooking, Gardening, Family

Club/Associations memberships: FFA

The proudest moment on my farm: Chickens laying their first eggs. Cow giving birth to a live, viable calf.

Pets: Mostly all of the animals we raise

Farm Motto: Go big or stay home!

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I love your pictures and that chicken is so beautiful!


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03/08/2010 09:34.27 AM Report This Comment  
  awwww i have always wantd a cow! my favorite is the jersey cow and thats not because i live in jersey haha! they are just too cute! but im not sure i know exactly how to take care of them =/

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12/15/2009 08:55.19 AM Report This Comment  
Thanks for the nice comment. I really like my cows. They are Jersey (cow) Jersey/angus (heifer) and Jersey/ Holstein (bull calf) I like Jerseys :) Your guys are super cute too :)

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12/03/2009 10:17.13 AM Report This Comment  
Yes I had a good hatch! To answer your question about when to help the chick, I wait for a pip in the shell. You really have to look some times, a few I have not seen but my fingernail caught the crack. If that is the case I tap the shell with the heavy end of my tweezers lightly until I can chip it. I only chip about a pencil eraser size piece away and remove the same amount of membrane so that the chick doesn't suffocate. I wait 12 hours and if there is no progress I chip a little more away and make a small tear in the membrane. If the membrane bleeds it is to soon. The chick needs to absorb all or most of this blood to have the energy to hatch and be healthy. I wait a maximum of 24 hours after the pip before I start dramatically start helping the chick. I do about 4-6 "surgeries" on the same egg starting at 24 hours, even if the membrane is still bloody. The chick has already been in the shell to long. On average it is only supposed to take a chick 1 hour to hatch out of its shell. Although it is common for the chick to make a pip hole and rest up to 6 hours before trying to hatch completely. So 24 hours of struggling is more than enough!! I have had a couple chicks be star gazers because they were in a weird position so long. If they are terribly bad I put them down. However, some I can simply keep an eye on and tip it up right or tip it against a wall in my incubator so it can begin to stretch its muscles into the upright position. I also leave my chicks in the incubator for 24 hours or until they can walk well enough that I don't think they will fall in their water and drown! I hope my lengthy answer to your question helps! :) Also, lucky for me I live in Montana and have never seen a hurricane in my life! So, I guess it is safe to say I made it through that hurricane! :P

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11/24/2009 06:53.34 PM Report This Comment  
  WooHoo! My little egg did hatch. Even though it was grown upside down. I did have to help this little chick ALOT! Or it wouldn't have gotten out. It was in 15.5 hours of no progress, before I stepped in and helped it out! and what a wonderfully healthy chickie it is!

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10/30/2009 01:35.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Thank you for the post. I am sort of having success with my hatching eggs. I just found out I had them upside down... The fact that I have one on day 21 trying to hatch is thrilling. It has pipped a whole in the side of the egg and broke the membrane at 10:00 p.m. last night. This morning not much progress has been made (7:45 a.m.) I don't think it has pipped a big enough whole. I feel I might need to take a tweezer later and chip around it to help it just a little.

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10/30/2009 06:59.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Barn Info
Wonderfull that some folks love old barns.However ,our
barn is not old at all.It was build in the mid to late 80;s.Thank you for your compliment.Have a great day.

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10/04/2009 02:45.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Any advice you would like to share on raising pigs? Our 8 yr old son is getting either 2 yorkshire piglits or 1 yorkshire and 1 landrance. What breed are your pigs? If you raise yorkshire or landrance how do you like them? We are hoping to get 2 barrows in March/April. One will go in our freezer and the other we hope to sell.

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10/01/2009 11:24.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Very nice place.
I love your farm. I guess I love almost all farms. I have lots of animals. The goats are what I am concentrating on now. I want to learn to make goat cheese. I do candles, soaps, bake special occasion cakes, can, sew, etc. I have to work a full time job and am raising 2 teenagers so it's very busy at our farm!

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09/27/2009 11:49.05 AM Report This Comment  
  Nice lookin livestock
wow I remember the day when I had all the livestock on my farm. That was back when I was a kid.I kind of miss those days. Lookin to get me a chicken coop fixed up and have fresh eggs. I am enjoying the berries and the garden. Wish I had more time to ride my bike. But thats the farm life. As i told my wife......GREEN ACRES IS THE PLACE TO BE.......FARMING IS THE LIFE FOR ME

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06/29/2009 02:53.46 PM Report This Comment  
Hi sorry it took me so long to get back to you.
Donkeys are FANTASTIC!! tell your husband he will love them.
Your photos are so cute ,I love the pigs.
I see you found out how to add more photos.
All the best
The lazy ass ranch

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06/16/2009 10:52.06 AM Report This Comment  
Thanks for your comments. Your pictures are great, the little piggies are sooooo dang cute! I have the same acerage now. We are planning a move to a larger piece and starting a horse boarding business, as the new place somes with a 18 stall barn and large indoor riding arena attached. It is my daughters dream and even though boarding fees are down and boarders themselves are down, we intend to provide for our daughters and hopefully provide a wonderful fun safe place for our boarders and their childeren too. We actually came up with Pumpkin Creek for our new place and our place now is Pumpkin Hill. We got the idea from a friend and went with it since we call our little ones pumpkin and the place is intended for their present and future. I really like your name as well, we actually have a town and a river up here in Oregon, the Mackenzie river and it is a very beautiful place! I appreciate the comment on that, we are going to make a sign and needed some input. Well good luck in you ventures and good luck with you crops!

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06/15/2009 06:36.19 PM Report This Comment  
  reply to your questions
We only purchased 5 acres of land. we have it all fenced now but, we fenced it to keep cows out, not in its all open range in our area, so to keep the cows from rubbing on our trailer, and destroying what we have planted we had to fence them out. we have a septic tank now also. We mainly use this land to excape the Arizona Heat right now.

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06/15/2009 06:48.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Mini Nubians
The baby cuddled up with my hubby is Shrimp she is a little over a year old now , that is her in the top picture .She is a 75% boer and ? because we are not fully sure as to what her ma is know she is boer cross.
I do love my Goats they are so much fun . I do addment If it was not for the hubby I would not be able to enjoy them as much . He helps with all the hay bucking .
Shrimp was a Quad and the smallest kid I had ever had . smaller than my mini's She was a 1/4 the size of her siblings .

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06/03/2009 12:59.36 PM Report This Comment  
  What a great Picture you have . What a cute calf .

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06/02/2009 12:18.53 PM Report This Comment  
  cute pic.
what a cute cow!!

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05/29/2009 07:28.22 AM Report This Comment  
Nice looking live stock can't wait for the day that i can start raiseing live stock for our own use.

welcome aboard.

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05/27/2009 09:47.45 AM Report This Comment  
I love the picture! It is just the right angle to look like cow vs tree. Hope you are enjoying spring and have a wonderful garden season.

Jane, Hillsdale, MI.

05/25/2009 07:16.01 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi and welcome
What a cute picture.

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05/25/2009 06:12.56 AM Report This Comment  


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