First Time…
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Tonight was the first time that the sun set on Polyface with all the broiler pens empty from the 2012 broiler season!

It is a good feeling to know that for about 5 1/2 months I don’t have to think about brooding, putting chicks out, pulling pens, feeding, watering, catching birds, and butchering.  Don’t get me wrong.  I really enjoy all of those things but I am also ready for a break.   For a change of seasons, for rejuvenation over the quiet and cold winter months.

What is coming to a close at your place?

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About Leanna Hale

Leanna Barth, born and raised in NC, first came to Polyface in July 2010 to attend one of the Intensive Discovery Seminars. She loved it so much that she applied for an internship position and was accepted for the 2011 season, after which she took the inventory/gardener position. Before coming to Polyface, she sold produce from her family’s market garden, along with homemade baked goods. This venture was mostly inspired by having read “You Can Farm” by Joel Salatin. Having always loved the outdoors, animals, and gardening Leanna is excited about this coming year, all that she will learn, and how the Lord will use this job later on in her life.
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6 Responses to First Time…

  1. Sandy says:

    We have 2 more chicken harvests the next 2 Saturdays, then a week off, then the first 2 Saturdays in November is turkey harvest. I, too, am ready for a break & change of seasons. The first break comes when the brooders are empty. Next is week by week less broiler shelters. The 2012 harvest season is near. Do I hear a relaxing sigh? Yes! Job well done satisfaction for another year.

  2. tricia says:

    This week is our last week for broilers, by tomorrow they will all be processed. I too am looking forward to many months of no broiler chicken chores. We still have turkeys to do though……

  3. The picture is beautiful! Over here, I only wish I had some chickens. So instead, I’ve brought in some herbs to dry and I’ve removed some of the dead vegetation and composted it. I hope that maybe (if we’re still here in this place) in the spring, we’ll be able to join the poultry club! 🙂 Congrats on a season completed!

  4. Cindy says:

    Ha Ha. Everything!!! I have just moved to the country. I’m putting a close to city life. I’ve been a “city girl” all my life. I did have a little land in the city and have always had a garden and fruit trees but this is a totally new experience. I’m so excited to have the freedom to do whatever I want with my little piece of land. No neighbors to worry about, no city restrictions on farm animals, watering days. wow. I’ve started a small fall garden and the hen house/rabbit hutch is next. But, dont know if I should go ahead and buy my hens/rabbits now or wait til the spring. I’m a little nervous….. I love reading all of “the hen house” blogs. You guys are such an inspiration to me.

  5. Cyndi Lewis says:

    Enjoy your season of rest!