Hanging Mountian Farms LLC

  (White, Georgia)
We raise pastured chickens for eggs.
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Planting time

                               Planting Time

My experience tells me that the best time to plant is after April 15th. So while others are mailing their taxes or going to tea parties or watching tea parties, I am going to be preparing the soil and planting. One can still get stuck in Blackberry Winter in late April and early May but if you wait too late the bugs eat you up! It rained this morning but the weather channel forcast is for dry weather through Sunday. I hope to plant on Friday and Saturday. We will do the usual Silver Queen, various tomatoes, beans squash,okra, and our favorite peas.

The new chicks are making progress although I thought I would lose them yesterday during a prolonged power outage. I borrowed a generator from a good friend and saved them from the cold. Carlene kept it going while I went back to work. They are fine this morning.

 

Ted 

 
 

Hammered

On Friday and again today we were hammered with horrible weather. Hail damage and fierce rain on Thursday and Friday and severe wind damage today! I have a nice couple from Chatswrth buying some eggs;definity need to sell some more.

 

Ted

 
 

New Chicks

Well I got the flooding situation corrected with a well placed ditch filled with gravel. Last week the hatchery sent 53 new chicks. Half of these are Delaware and half are New Hampshires. I guess we will try to eat some of them. Tonight will be cold and we are breaking out the heaters and heat lamps. I hope to have them raised and laying by the fall and therefore have more egg production. We had a coyote attack 2 weeks ago and I lost one of my grown hens. This time of year the pups come in and the coyotes ar every aggressive!I have broccoli, lettuce, arugla, and onions planted as well. Looking forward to spring and the summer to come.

 

JTP

 
 

Hay

         My neighbor is helping provide hay this winter. This hay is helping preserve the pasture until things start growing in the spring. I figured we had one to two weeks to go until spring growth begins. He is a well experienced cattleman and says that they will stop eating hay when there is green grass.So he sats we need to use hay until they refuse it. So more hay tomorrow!
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Eggs

Febuary 18,2009

              With the warm up and longer days  the hens are laying nicely. We currently have fresh eggs. The warm weather has me itching to start some plants inside for early transplantation. I want to try some large heirloom tomatoes such as "Radiator Charlie's Mortage buster tomato!

               On a sad note my father passed away early yesterday morning after a long battle with dibetes and it's complications. He is better off now. Daddyy was a city boy who moved his small but growing family to Kennesaw in 1954. Kennesaw was way out in the country then. note that I said he was a city boy. He and mother loved cantelope. Si in their first garden he and mom had a local guy plow up the garden then one afternoon he planted....get this thirty hills of cantelope. Well come harvest time he and mom had plenty of cantelope and then some. Too bad Local Harvest did not exist at that time! Anyway a funny lesson for a city boy moved to the country and a lesson I have already remembered.

Ted

 
 

Warm up and flood proofing

       The last week of January and first week of Febuary at Hanging Mountain was productive and rough. My son finally got all the old chicken stuff out of the flooded house and on the pasture. He dug a ditch around the chicken house and I believe, hope, and pray that this manuever takes care of the problem. That may be his last major project on the farm as he has officially joined the ranks of the employed! We are very proud of him.

          Last week the girl's water stayed frozen all week and Carlene and I had keep taking heated water down to the birds. Now  with the warm up things are better and they are laying like crazy.

          I am order maore chicks this week for delivery on ar about April 1. They will be Delawares. That is eggsciting!

 

Ted

 
 

January Flood

Well we've been wanting rain in Northwest Georgia and about two weeks ago we got it. Carlene and I have chicken house at the bottom of a hill. I came hoem from my regular job and found the girls standing in a soup of chicken manure and pine shavings. I spent two hours starting at ten thirty at night cleaning out the mess! The new hens are laying now! I plan to get new Delawares in April. We have a few eggs to sell.

 

Ted

 
 
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