We always encourage our customers and prospective customers to visit the farm.  New Customers please go to the order form on the right hand side under "Order Meat Here" and pre-order. On the Order Form there is a space to put a date and time for pickup.  We would love to meet you and look forward to serving you.  Thank you for your interest in supporting small farms and taking the time to see your "Food In Motion."

No drive-ups please. (979) 530-4444 OR sales@yonderwayfarm.com

Thursday
Oct302008

From that? .... to This?

Who would ever have thought chickens could grow this fast? Less than a month ago, they were the cutest, teeniest, sweetest little chirping things. Time can be most unkind, even to chickens!

Moving day had arrived and out of the brooder house they went.  All 400 broiler hens were gently carried a few at a time, riding on fresh hay in our used-for-everything portable kennel, out to pasture to finish their days roaming the green grasses, chasing bugs and doing whatever chickens in all their glory desire to do.

From birth to harvest, Yonder Way Farm animals are always happy!

Even though the broiler pasture is enclosed with "hot" wire netting with only rare hawk sightings and other predators (raccoons, coyotes, etc.) not being a problem, some shelter was needed for night and temperature protection.

Farmer Jason built four mobile "coops" for our flock. The coops are mobile because every day we pull them an additional 12 feet forward. Our hens never roost in yesterday's poo. They also have free roam of the entire pasture. At no time are they confined inside the coop.

 

Something you may not know about Farmer Jason is this... he is very orderly.  It is a gift that serves all of us well here on the farm and one for which we are most thankful.

What does this mean in terms of chickens going to pasture?

Let's do the math. There were 400 broilers and 4 chicken coops. Diligently and methodically, Farmer Jason counted each chicken as he gently placed them inside the door opening. Each coop had exactly 100 chickens, not one more and not one less.

How long do you think they remained 100 birds per coop? HA! We no sooner had turned our backs but what those unruly hens were seeking residence in someone else's house!

Evidently, they had so many residential options, they couldn't decide in which house they wanted to sleep. The first night those silly birds, all 400 of them, laid down just outside the coop door openings. Using "pirate vision" (more to come on that in a later post) each hen was carefully placed back in the closest coop. Eleven o'clock at night, out in a dark pasture putting 400 chickens in a coop, no one was counting to 100 at that point.

The second night, not as many opted to camp out. Again, each was placed back in the coop. Within a few nights, they sweetly mosey'd back under their little tin roof before roosting quietly. Thank goodness!

Come about end of November, these broilers will be ready for harvest.

What happened the afternoon after these broilers went to pasture? MAJOR BROODER HOUSE CLEANING! A new batch of 400 day-old chicks arrived the following morning. In another month, they will be moving to pasture as the first group reach harvest weight. This will give us a total of 800 broilers to add to inventory.

There will be plenty of chickens for everyone!

Wednesday
Sep242008

Madness!

It's amazing how quickly life can become crazy. In our case, this happened with just one phone call this morning.

Farmer Jason went from driving around the pastures collecting soil samples to now preparing for 400 chicks (and 50 guineas) to arrive in the morning! Aunt Debbie and I had big plans of putting up a picket fence around our store and new landscaping (darn goats). But, as life on a farm goes, we must shift gears and lend a hand.

The chicks weren't due until next week so we weren't planning on getting ready for them until a few days before they were scheduled to arrive.

They will arrive at the crack of dawn at the post office in the morning. We will go pick up the chicks packed neatly in cute little boxes and turn them loose into our brooder house.

These chicks are Cornish Rock crosses and Red Broilers. The purpose of these birds will be strictly for meat. They will be ready for butchering in 8-10 weeks.

I'm so excited to finally have our very own pastured poultry. We will process (butcher) these chickens ourselves on our farm. In the state of Texas, you are allowed to process up to 10,000 birds on farm as long as you sell them directly off your farm or at farmer's markets. Jason says we will butcher 9,999.

We shall see. Either way, "there a comin' ".
Thursday
Sep112008

Preparing

As you've probably heard by now, Ike is due to hit the coast of Texas beginning tomorrow evening and continuing through Saturday. Ike is huge in size!

We've had tons of interest in our farm and products since the launch of our website and ordering system. Thank you so much! As soon as it passes through, we will return e-mails and fill orders.

We are busy little bees around here gearing up for the storm. You see, our farm is located about 1.5 hours northwest of Houston. They think the eye of the hurricane will even pass through these parts so we are preparing for the worst.

What does one do with a herd of cattle, pigs, a gazillion chickens, goats, some cats, and a rowdy dog named 'Rowdy' do when a huge hurricane is headed for them????

We don't know exactly.

But, we are preparing as best as we can and know how. Things are pretty crazy in our little town right now.

Keep our farm and family in your prayers. Jason was scheduled to work Saturday with the Houston Fire Dept, but has paid a replacement so that he doesn't have to leave us here all by our lonesome. I'm so thankful he will be here! Also, pray for everyone down here in Texas in the path of the storm. I will update you as I can.

I will leave you with photos of our newly remodeled barn. We had it painted our official farm green and some new glorious barn doors put on the front not only to keep all of the critters out, but also to spruce it up a bit. There is also a new concrete slab to the right of it under a porch.






 

Saturday
Aug302008

Our new website!

At last!

Yonder Way Farm is proud to launch its new website. Our hope is that the pages within this site will provide a better understanding about our farm and our passion for grass farming.

The home page contains a current blog/journal entry. We will keep you up to date on products available, exciting occurrences, health-related issues, among other various topics through this journal. The side margins to the left contain information about our farm and its products. There is also a convenient 'ORDER HERE' button for which to order meat.

Here are some things that you can expect in the not-so-distant future.

  • Beef available
  • Our newly remodeled storefront
  • Information about farm tours
  • Farm logo products- t-shirts, canvas bags, and hats- oh my!

Yonder Way Farm has an open-door policy.  Consider yourself invited to come out, visit the farm and see our animals in action.  Yonder Way Farm looks much like farms did years ago when chickens roamed freely, pigs rooted in the dirt, and cows grazed lush green pastures.  Of course, there are some other fun animals in the mix, too, that are exciting to watch such as goats, cats, and one 'rowdy' dog. 

It is our desire to be open and honest in the way we raise our meats and run our farm. That is the heart of this website.

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