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Farm Happenings...

Seems like work is never done.  We thought when we got all our pens built it would be time for a breather.  But then, this summer our barn loft needed emergency repairs.  Tony has spent all fall and winter replacing the barn loft and repairing the roof.  He is almost done now, so the barn is back in business.  Also, we have our first batch of emu eggs in the incubator now.  The "Girls"  got off to a slow start this season and but as of yesterday all the pairs are laying eggs.  We do expect to meet our hatching goals and still respond to all the folks who have contacted us interested in buying chicks this spring.  Because of the late start, it will probably be late May or early June before they are ready to pick up--so be patient.  Our chickens have stopped laying, but I am told this normal for this time of year.  I am new to chickens, so almost everything they do is a surprise.   We hadn't seen any activity at our beehives all winter  and were worried we had lost them, but just last week we saw activity in at least two of the hives, so a big sigh of relief there!    Otherwise, we are doing well and animals thriving.  We are busy making products for the summer season and waiting for the days to get longer to get outside more.  What fun it is to watch each season unfold.  Every day we learn something new. 

So what's it like raising emus? 

We get this question a lot since it is unusual to raise exotic stock.  For those of you who have not been out for a tour, and may not know, emus are very curious and shy.  They are not aggressive, as I am told that their cousins the ostrich are.  They are fairly hearty and not prone to injury or disease.  While they can be susceptible to bird flu, we have not had any incidents of this, and I don't know of any at all in Washington State; we work hard to keep or flock (or mob as it is called) healthy and safe.   Right now, we have eight breeding pairs.  Each pair lives in an individual pen.  They lay eggs from about December through May, usually one every three days or so.   We collect the eggs and incubate them in batches throughout the Spring. It takes 52 days to incubate the eggs, all the time monitoring the temperature and humidity, so it is very nerve racking to watch and wait that long to see if the eggs hatch.  We then raise the chicks to full grown at 18 months.  The young emus are very playful and entertaining to watch.  Raising emus, while not something I ever thought I would be doing, is a really fun and satisfying endeavor.  If you are interested in learning more, please give Tony a call. 


Valentines Special

Give the gift of kissable lips!
Throughout February, pamper yourself or someone you love.  Order a special gift box containing on of our fabulous lip conditioners and one  scented bath fizzy for just $7, altogether a $9 value.    Both products our made with our AEA Certified fully refined emu oil and are extra moisturizing and soothing for your skin.  Your sweetie will thank you.
Buy your Gift Box Now
We will have a booth at the
Seedpod Farm Spring Festival
in Centralia  on April 23.  Please come check it out--there will be many awesome local producers and artisans.   We will have samples of our new Nighttime Face Treatment and lots of new emu jewelry and crafts to see. 

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Tony Citrhyn
Janean Parker
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