Feed, Breed, Seed – It’s Spring!
So it’s the time we see as feed, breed, seed. Feeding goes on year round…doesn’t matter what stage of production they’re in. Seeding – planting, transplanting, keeping tender seedlings alive – is important. Breeding – well baby rabbits are growing and we’ll watch as they grow who looks like a show or breeding prospect. Others will be fed out as meat rabbits- something there are people opposed to, but they provide a lean, healthy meat for those who want it.
Of course that’s not all we’re doing! Mixing compost,and selling compost, is a part of things and generates much needed income. Marketing, social media, and a host of other tasks take time. Cleaning the solid floor rabbits happens several times per week, with a deep clean under the raised cages happening a few times a year (replenishing the compost pile!).
Looking last night the poultry end needs about a $2,000 injection this year, producing a whimper as I looked at the tally. Keeping things going means also working forward, not just spinning wheels. When we do things like the crowdsourcing, and posting endlessly about farm shares, it’s to put life into those projects! Many of our hens are 2-3-4 years old, and it’s time for new blood and the next generation.
We’ve also been helping a friend get settled and finding a new level of double standards. While many say they can’t find good renters, when there are good renters they can’t find good houses! Mold, mice families and other issues aren’t where most want to live, and certainly not paying for it. It reminds me of people saying they want local, organic food with transparency, then rejecting those supplying it. Or businesses wanting the ideal customer without being the ideal business.
Perhaps many businesses need to do the feed, breed and seed model. Basics. When we get good customers we like to hang onto them. That doesn’t happen turning into a bad business.
Solid basics are good and set a foundation for the future. We’re not the biggest – but started where we were with what we had…someday we’ll get to where we want to be.
But for now – it’s time to check on seeds and breed some more rabbits.