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October 22, 2018
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We’ve recently hatched out 20 baby chicks. We hatched out two different kinds of chicks; Black Copper Maran chicks and Ameraucana chicks. We hatched 14 Ameraucana chicks hatch and only 6 Black Copper Maran chicks. Ameraucana chickens lay green/blue eggs, while Black Copper Marans lay dark brown eggs. Black Copper Marans are a rare breed of chickens; this is because they are very difficult to hatch. Normal chicken eggs (like Ameraucanas) when incubating are supposed to be at 45% humidity for the first 18 days and then 65% for the last 3 days. Black Copper Maran eggs need to be at 25% humidity for the first 18 days and 55% humidity for the last 3 days, this is because Black Copper Maran chicks develop faster than regular chicks. If you have the humidity too high for them they will be too big and not strong enough to break out of their eggs. It is also very hard to keep them alive after they hatch. We are now currently setting up our incubator for Olive Egger eggs. Olive Eggers are made when you breed an Ameraucana chicken to a Black Copper Maran chicken. Their eggs can span from a very light green to a very dark green depending on how dark your maran eggs are. Olive Eggers are even more rare and harder to hatch than Black Copper Marans. Check back in 21 days to see how the Olive Eggers hatched!
Travis Family Farm
“What’s One More?”
It's been weeks since we got a decent amount of goat milk. We dried up our goats a few months ago to get them ready for breeding season. Their milk is our main ingredient in our soaps and our freezers were running low so, we decided we needed to get a goat in milk soon. Then we found Heidi.
Heidi is an Alpine goat that lived in Vermont. Alpine goats are similar to Nubian goats in many ways. They're both dairy goats but Alpines usually produce more milk. Nubian goats produce about 1 gallon a day so you can imagine how much an Alpine produces, although Nubians have better tasting milk.
We took a road trip up to Vermont to pick up Heidi. Usually if it's warm outside, we will put the goats in a crate in the back of the truck. In the winter months, the goats travel inside the truck with us. The 5 hour ride back was filled with beautiful scenery and a lot of rest stops to insure that there were no accidents in the back seat.
When we got home that night, it was our first time milking Heidi. She was a great milker and gives us the milk we will need to make our products till the rest of the herd contributes. The next morning, we let her out with the rest of the herd and, they all got along great. We believe that she is going to work out great.
Next Month (January, 2016), half of our online proceeds of Rachyl’s Goat Milk Soap will be donated.
“Be the change you want to see in the world” ~ Gandhi
April 16, 2019