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Blakers Acres

Farm Name: Blakers Acres

Year Farm Established: 2009

Location: Waynesburg, PA

Years I’ve been farming: 5 years

Animals I raise: Chickens soon

Crops I grow: Heirloom Veggies,strawbe- rries,raspberri- es,blackberry,b- lueberry

Farm Motto: There's no place like home!


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  Hi
Well its good to see you online again. Ya i haven't gone anywhere, although i feel like i talk to myself a lot here...LOL
Hopefully we both can get back to our projects for this coming season. I have been toying with plans to start a homegrown produce/meat business to supplement our income.Will se how that works out on paper ..lol In the meantime my chicks have been ordered, along with turkey poults. Meat rabbits have settled into their new homes (can't wait until the first litters) and we're just waiting for the snows to melt
Thanks for stopping by and chat with you soon

Dairy

Come visit me, Windswept Acres Farm.

03/30/2011 09:10.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Back again
Hello everyone.The weather is breaking here in west. PA. Can't get enough done. Helping my mom get her 60 storage units under control & gettin ready to build my chicken coops when I get my tax refund. Can't wait. Yeah spring!!

Come visit me, Blakers Acres.

03/26/2011 06:06.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Welcome back.......
Welcome back...what a summer it has been here. So far since June 1 we are about 14" above normal on the rain for the summer. When the garden finally dried out we got a 3" rain. most of our garden crops are junk with all the rain everything rotted except for the watermelons and carrots. All pumpkin,squash,tomatoes, beans, etc. complete loss. Oh well thats life on the farm, lol. The turkeys did great and are in the freezer,chickens are laying like crazy and the fryers are about half butchered out. Hope the biz does good for you and all works out. Catch you later

Come visit me, Windswept Acres Farm.

08/23/2010 07:26.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi
So...how goes the homestead?
Did you decide on chicks this spring? I have turkey poults in the brooder now and 75 chicks coming on 3/23/10. It looks like maybe...just maybe spring is here to stay. Been above freezing for the last week & a half and above 50's for highs next week. Flower beds have a green hint to them...at least I think so.. LOL. Let me know how things are going.

dairymon

Come visit me, Windswept Acres Farm.

03/12/2010 01:14.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks
Thanks for the visit to our blog page. i would be glad to answer any questions that i can, if I don't know the answer I will try to find one for you.

We have had 6"-8" snow last night an this morning with 20 mph winds. The drifts are getting deep...LOL I CAN"T WAIT UNTIL SPRING

Come visit me, Windswept Acres Farm.

02/24/2010 08:46.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Blizzard
Moral is be prepared.I took a week and a half off work.I look at it as my early vacation.The generator was the best investment I coud have started with this year.I tip my hat off to those of you who live this way every winter.We don't usually get that big of snows in one episode.I geuss it caught me off gaurd & never even heard about it beforehand.Get back to watching the weather more often.Next investment is wood cookstove.Also start the planning for root cellar for summer project.I really wanted to start with my chickens,but need to get more prepared I've learned.Gonna have to stay workin a lil longer,but with a plan,it's not as bad!

Come visit me, Blakers Acres.

02/24/2010 07:47.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Valentines Day Blizzard 2010
Just a note so as not to forget how bad things got here within days!In 24 hrs,all stranded are calling for help.No time to worry about your own needs.Survival mode kicks in.The comes heat.Find the Kerosene heater.Furnace and Pellet stove no good.Boil snow on heater for toilet,extra people in the house now.Keep snow shovel by back door.Doesn't do much good under 28 inches of snow.You aren't gonna find one in town.No Kerosene,bottled water,shovels,kerosene wicks,kerosene heaters,generators,lamp oil.The lamp oil floored me.I used to get that in the dollar store.It was 9.95$ and I drove around for 3 days tryin to find it!Ended up bying a generator off of my honeys brother and got a good deal.As soon as I got things goin again,it came back on 7 days later.

Come visit me, Blakers Acres.

02/24/2010 07:37.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Turkeys
Saw you asked about Turkeys and thought I would say always remember they are into everything and poop everywhere!! If you free range them they can go where you do not want them to and they TASTE everything once. They are great in the potato patch they will eat every bug that decides to lay eggs in your garden.

Come visit me, Edge of the Woods Farm & Farm on Three Oaks Road.

02/05/2010 05:40.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Raising Turkeys
First educate yourself. I made the mistake of getting Broad breasted Bronze turkeys not knowing they can't reproduce without help and also that turkeys mixed with chickens are a big no-no. I have recently started my Bourbon Reds as they are a heritage breed and are very good at foraging. Have not had any hatchlings yet but should this spring. Also check laws for your area. Some places don't allow certain breeds to be raised.

Come visit me, So Blessed Farm.

02/05/2010 07:55.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi there, Thanks for visiting my page. I do make cheese but I am pretty new at it, I haven't gotten into cultured but I plan on it in the spring.

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01/31/2010 07:47.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Strawberries
Hi,

Thanks for your help. I look forward to your advice about strawberries. I have had mine for about 4 years now and I am not sure if I should change them out or keep the ones I have.

Elizabeth WV

Come visit me, Serenity Farm.

01/31/2010 07:26.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for stopping by again, I won't be trying cheddar until late spring when my soon to come new kids are weaning off the does. I have got to get my supplies and do my homework before I attempt it. Today I am trying the no-knead bread making method. I will post my success or failure lol!! Happy Sunday.
Laura

Come visit me, Lauras Homestead.

01/31/2010 05:18.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Facebook
Hey, I don't know if you are on Facebook or not, but if you are, I started a group called, "Midwest Hobby Farm". I know you're not in the Midwest, but maybe you might find it interesting. I just started it, so there isn't much up yet. Good Luck!

Come visit me, Earthmoon Farm.

01/30/2010 02:53.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi From Sumterville Fl
Thank you for visiting my homepage, I am new to the whole cheesmaking process myself. I have learned how to make a really easy soft goatmilk cheese using lemon juice instead of rennet to get the curds. If you google goat cheese made with lemon juice you can find some recipes but I can tell you exactly how I do it. I was at the Fresh Market near my house and a batch of cheese like I make only about half the size was selling for $7.00, I about fell over. Then I checked out the price on quart of goat milk $3.69 how much is that per gallon?
I recently let my two dairy does (Oberhasli) dry off, hopefully to kid in the next few months but before I did I was getting over a gallon a day from the two.
I want to learn to make cheddar cheese next, we can learn together.

My regular blog is random collection of whatever was prominant in my life at the moment, most recently a new job hunt but the link is:
http://laurashomesteadadventures.blogspot.com/

Stop by for a look
Happy Thursday !
Laura

Come visit me, Lauras Homestead.

01/28/2010 03:59.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for the visit.
The view is a 360 degree view. We are smack dab on top of a Mesa and have nothing to block the view. We have the La Sals to the West and the San Juans to the So. East of us. My husband, Scott, is a astro-photographer so we hand picked this area just for the night skies. The chickens we have right now are mostly Plymouth Rocks and Rhodes Is. We hope to host star gazers in the future as well as folks interested in organics and off the grid living.
~Kate

Come visit me, Crescent Moon Ranch.

01/26/2010 06:54.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Bees smell fear...
In response to "Can they smell fear" I think so. Smell has been solidly established as a major element of the honey bee's communication, as they use various pheremones to control the mood or activity levels within the colony. For instance whenever the hive is jarred or molested, they guard bees go out and investigate, if danger exists, they secrete the fight-defense odor and out comes the mad women in force. (all workers are females). The drones aren't equipped to defend even themselves so they naturally stay inside in the safety of the hive. Bees also react to violent-disruptive movements defensively.
Many people lump all stinging insects together, erroneously. Wasps hornets and other bees have given the mild mannered honeybee a bad rap in this respect. Several kinds of wasps and hornets are very aggressive and initiate attacks. Just something to consider.

More bee talk for ya.

We are preparing our spring order for a myriad of berries, fruiting vines, and nut/fruitbearing trees. We just started our farm this past summer and are so stoked about this upcoming spring.

TTYL, John & Kim

Come visit me, Laid Back B's Farm.

01/26/2010 05:59.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Bees to keep
Thanks for the visit and comment. We started keeping bees 4 years ago and have never looked back. Initially the learning curve was steep and no one around where we lived, but we got some books, made some calls to other beeks (short for beekeepers) and just jumped right in. The best way is to start with 2 or 3 hives, check locally to find a beek near you and many love to show off their bees their apiaries. The bee suit, a few tools and the hive components will get you started. Check local community colleges and county agricultural extension offices for beekeeping seminars or courses. Another way is to check the web for local beek associations and maybe they offer courses.

Long winded, sorry, just love to talk bees. Good luck.

John & Kim

Come visit me, Laid Back B's Farm.

01/25/2010 06:24.06 PM Report This Comment  
  The Turkins do go broody. It seems some hens do and others don't. If you let them they can have two to three hatches a year. We've had hens who the chicks where barily out of the ugly stage(growing their feathers in), and they were already getting ready to sit again.
~Madessa's Menagerie~

Come visit me, Madessa's Menagerie.

01/25/2010 04:47.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Bees
Asher Creek Homestead: I am not officially a bee keeper. I am a bee "haver" meaning I have 1-3 hives but basically I check them every so often to make sure they are doing ok and I leave them alone to do their thing. I generally get them through winter and ready for spring and harvest honey in early winter. It is not complicated the way I do it. I raise bees for pollination and some honey for the family. However you can get very serious about bees and keeping them. It can become very involved. That is also very good. I will do more with bees when other things demand less of my time.

Come visit me, Asher Creek Homestead.

01/25/2010 10:11.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Chickens
Oh ya. All of our chickens have to be cold hardy. Today it's 36 with 60 mph. winds, and all our chickens are outside. We have Modern Games for show, but when it's cold they end up in the house. We have a hen with eggs about to hatch, hopefully we'll get something. Have you looked into Turkins(Naked Necks)? They look funny, but they're are only hens that lay everyday in the winter. The chicks are adorible too. Have a great day.
~Madessa's Menagerie~

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01/24/2010 02:33.02 PM Report This Comment  
  pigs
duroc pigs

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01/24/2010 07:42.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Actually
I am just starting on the bees and turkeys-(not sure what type of turkeys yet) But I'll let you know how each goes!

Come visit me, Mazy Day Farm.

01/23/2010 12:23.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello,
We have just a handful of layers for sale right now. There's California Whites, Blue Wyandottes, Buckeyes, and maybe New Hampshires. We have a potbelly cross pig, and we have a Blue Butt that we want to breed to a Landrace maybe. Last night we're going through a chick cataloge to see what we're getting this year. If you have questions about poultry let us know, we have around 100 of chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys.
~Madessa's Menagerie~

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01/23/2010 09:44.20 AM Report This Comment  
  Deer
I am sorry about your dog. I hope you can get a new one someday soon. I found out that deer do NOT like HOT peppers. I plan to give that a try!! Thanks for visiting!

Come visit me, Ollie Pete Farm.

01/22/2010 08:17.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Greetings from Ollie Pete Farm
Hi! Thanks for visiting my 'farm'! Do you have any answers for dealing with the deer?

Come visit me, Ollie Pete Farm.

12/13/2009 07:10.56 PM Report This Comment  
  visit farm
oh, you are welcome to come visit my farm! We are in Bolivar in SouthWestern NY by the PA border. Give me a holler to make sure we're free before you come.

Come visit me, Hardscrabble Yak Farm.

11/18/2009 09:53.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Selling Animals
I just realized i didn't answer your question about if I sell my animals. Sure! Recently we sold some goats. In the spring we can sell icelandic lambs, fertile eggs for hatching (from ducks, geese, chickens from my farm & sometimes heritage turkey eggs from my neighbor), baby goat kids (boerXalpine), and baby yaks when available. In the fall I should have a litter of guinea hogs available. We currently have yak meat for sale. If you are interested in a baby yak you need to get in touch with us asap, last year they sold out two years in advance. thank you for your interest!

Come visit me, Hardscrabble Yak Farm.

11/18/2009 09:51.28 AM Report This Comment  
  in response
You asked what type of chickens we raise. We have 25 RHode Island Reds here, and 30 barred Rocks at my MIL's. We raise for eggs only at the moment. They have slowed down a bit. we are getting about 11-16 eggs a day from our 25 RIR hens, and slightly better from the others, at 20-24/day. I wasn't sure if I wanted to supply supplemental light or not, but I think we are. We sell our eggs at market, and if they are going to eat, then we should get as many eggs for sale as possible to help counter the cost of feed.

Come visit me, Deer Run Farm.

11/09/2009 04:20.35 AM Report This Comment  
  chickens..
Hi there
Thanks for looking at my blog. We have a mix of ALL sorts of chickens. White rocks, barred rocks, leghorns, americaunas, sizzles, speckled sussex, spanish white face, rhode island reds and black australorps. I have to say my favorite are the whote rocks...great layers and great personalities!

Come visit me, Michael Farm.

11/06/2009 07:53.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Yak Milk
Hi. I had not heard that yak's give pink milk. Ours are still not to breeding age yet. They have to be three years old and our oldest are 1.5 years, so half-way there. I was hoping to make cheese from their milk when we started with them but I'm not sure how that will happen. One of them won't even let me groom her. But the other two females like being groomed, but they are quite independent and head-strong, "semi-feral" I think is the word. I guess I'll have to take a trip to Tibet to see how the ladies get it done there, they don't use stanchions or anything, just walk up with a bucket!

Come visit me, Hardscrabble Yak Farm.

11/03/2009 07:32.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Well I hope you enjoy your chickens as much as I enjoy mine. Unfortunately my hatchlings have had some problems. I only have 2 live healthy chicks for now, but I should have had 5! My first egg that pipped was a very tiny pip and I have been told over and over don't help no matter what!! So I didn't help it and the membrane of my egg was to think and he didn't break it and suphocated! Where had I took my tweezers and opened it up I would have a healthy chick. I have helped the rest of my chicks. I had 2 hatching at once with another chick fully hatched in the incubator with them. I stepped out of the room and the hatchling fell asleep over the face of one of my hatching eggs and suphocatedd the poor thing. So a short time after that I removed the live chick and put it in my stock tank early (where it is doing fine). And the last chik that has hatched is terribly crippled. I think it's spine is fused to its hip or something but it CAN NOT stay upright. It can only stay on it's back. I am probably going to have to put it down, but I don't have the heart to. My husband will have to do it when he gets home in a few hours... But I DO have 2 healthy chicks and I am thankful that I have even hatched that many. I am excited that I should have had 5 as well, now I have learned and I can do better with my next batch of eggs in the future. As well as, the rest of my 20 eggs. Fingers crossed I get happy healthy chicks from those!

Come visit me, Majerus Farm!.

11/01/2009 08:00.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Have you taken a look at Welp's Web site. I think they are closer to you than Ideal. But I can not complain at all about the chicks that we get from Ideal.

Come visit me, The Homestead.

10/31/2009 10:17.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello,
Thanks for the post! What type of chickens did you order and when do they arrive? Do you have a coop set up? When did u start your farm? lol U need to add some pictures!!

Come visit me, Majerus Farm!.

10/28/2009 09:58.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, when are your chickens coming? Who are you going to get them from?

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10/28/2009 07:17.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Turkeys
I have standard bronze and the they call in the local wild ones all the time. Haven't had any problems with them as mine are fenced in to keep them from going into my woods and being eaten by local farm dogs.

Come visit me, Red Sky Farm.

10/28/2009 07:00.33 AM Report This Comment  
  chickens
I like banties because thats what i was raised around them. And their alot cooler you don't have to feed as much btu thiey dont lay as many eggs as the bigger chickens like the rhode island red and their alot cuter but they lay quite abite of eggs. So i prefer bantams after standerd cause i relate with them better also if you want a chicken that is calmer your gonna want cochins and thier good show chickens also.i can tell more and i can help with just about any qestion you have!!!

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10/25/2009 08:10.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Thanks!
Hi! We have really enjoyed our chickens and have a variety of different breeds. I would suggest researching the type of chickens that you want due to the sensitivity that some have in regard to frostbite. We have ours inside our barn but have had some still get frostbite on the combs when the temps get really low. As far as goats go - they are super fun!! They do like to escape though! :) Best of luck to you!

Come visit me, Lockwood Farms.

10/23/2009 02:54.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Chickens
I started with 8 hens and a roster I got the at the feed store in the spring kept them in a tub in the house until it was warm outside. We keep them in a chicken tractor(which is a moveable pin). I only raise them to have fresh eggs. I love brown eggs!! They are easy to maintain with fresh water and feed. Sometimes I let them out to free range, and they will go back to there pen at dusk. Good Luck in your chicken farming.

Come visit me, S.P.I.F.F.Y..

10/21/2009 09:13.34 AM Report This Comment  
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