Skylar enjoyed Christmas very much this year, we made a big fuss over him. The old boy has been keeping a close eye on the workers doing construction around him in the barn and has been finding it quite entertaining indeed!
For those of you who are regular visitors to our farm you may notice that we make improvements during our off season each year. Some but not all of our changes are noticeable to the public. Many of the improvements we make are to upgrading safety and bio-security, keeping up with the advances in poultry care, housing and security as well as the latest in technology.
One noticeable change you will see this year is the brand new viewing window.
One of the less noticeable upgrades is the addition of brand new brooders for the day old poultry. These are a little more advanced technology wise and are also a little larger for those bigger babies like goslings, ducks and turkey's. After all, we do want the babies entrusted in our care to have the very best, and most comfortable stay.
As always, Geoff and Angela use some of the off-season to hone their skills and upgrade their education in poultry management as well. So they will be better able to serve you and have more answers to your questions.
Our first chicks hatch for us on January 31st and we will be open beginning on February 3rd to pick up your per-ordered chicks. See you then!
Skylar celebrated his 10th birthday on June 18th in style! He had a nice seed cake and an extra lot of love and attention from all. Thank you to all of you who remembered to send along your birthday wishes. We read each and every one to him.
It saddens our hearts so that our lovely and much loved Shilo has passed away this evening at the age of 9. She would have made it to 10 had she had lived until June 18th. She is survived by Skylar, her loyal life long companion and best friend. Skylar is the same age and oh so lonely and heartbroken.
Those of you who have visited the farm have seen the pair of these majestic old friends perched contentedly in the barn. They have been exemplary models of the Houdan breed and as we raised them from babies we will never forget our Shilo.
It pains us to think that Skylar will not be far behind his Shilo. Skylar is the same age and is now so lost without her. He is still perching on his side of the perch tonight.
Our last major batch of chicks will be hatching for us on August 10th and will be available on Saturday August 13th. We are still taking orders for this batch, and have some hard to get rare breeds/varieties still available such as the Black Copper Marans, Blue Laced Red Wyandottes and Red Orpingtons. If you are looking to raise chicks of any breed/variety to have them ready to lay in the early spring of 2017 now is the time to place your order!
Wow! There was a nice variety at the show again this year and over 200 entries shown! We brought a few (14) specimens, mainly young birds from June 3 hatch of this year, all but 1 was hatched this year. It was nice to hear all of the positive comments from the other exhibitors, fair participants and the public. We hope to see everyone there again next year! Keep it up!
There are no longer any specific nor general movement CFIA permits required. This has been a great relief to all bird fanciers in BC. Thank you to all of our customers for their patience and understanding throughout the past 3 months. Especially those who picked up birds from us and had to wait a few extra minutes and fill in an attestation form.
There is still a ban on importing birds into Canada from several different States in the USA and some countries. This has been affecting the numbers and varieties of fowl, especially waterfowl, that we are able to provide at this time.
We are open for business as usual with the addition of new Specific Permits by the CFIA.
We do all the paperwork for you to ensure you are legal.
We like to keep things simple for you our customer :)
Our farm is located in the CFIA's Primary Control Zone, more specifically in a "Secure Zone". The chicks are all from CFIA "Free Zone" locations.
We continue to provide the best possible selection of quality purebred poultry and look forward to serving you at our farm.
Not many birds left to sell now. Those that we do have are either laying or close to the point of lay.
Then there are the cockerels, lovely young boys getting their crows... and they are all up near our house. It's a good thing we like the sounds roosters make! We have a page dedicated just to them (the Rooster Roster).
We will be done for the season and the farm will be closed to visitors as of November 14th (if not a little sooner). The time has flown by even with extending our season beyond the usual September or October deadline.
Once all the birds are gone we will begin the annual sanitizing making necessary repairs as we go. I am looking forward to the upgrades we plan to make during this off season. We can hardly wait to get started!
We took a few young hatchery birds down to the Fraser Valley Poultry Fanciers Show at the fair again this year and brought back a few nice ribbons/wins again this year. We also entered a few dozen eggs and were delighted to win first place on our dark brown eggs and to receive the honour of Best in Show on our Rainbow eggs for the second year running! Looking forward to entering again in next year's fair.
Our first day of the season SATURDAY MARCH 1ST was a busy one! It was nice seeing all of you. There were some new faces and many we have seen before. We know that at times some of you had to wait and for that we wish to thank you for your patience and understanding.
We woke up this morning SUNDAY MARCH 2nd to a snow storm with at least 4 inches of snow on the ground and more still falling. The roads are not great and we expect that many of you who planned to pick up your orders today may be delayed due to the weather. We will be open for you tomorrow MONDAY MARCH 3rd if you cannot make it here today.
We will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC beginning WEDNESDAY MARCH 5th.
We will be at the Pet Lover Show. We will have many new and unique products with us for all poultry fanciers! We are busy preparing the farm for the new season, the barn is looking better and better. We hope our returning customers will enjoy the changes! A lot of effort/time/sweat has gone into the upgrades during our off-season. We will be open for business March 1.
Hope to see you at the Show or once we are open!
As things wind down we find we have very few birds left. A few cockerels and a couple of more mature roosters that still have not found homes. A few Guinea Keets in the brooder. Three hens, a Turken (won a first place ribbons at this years Chilliwack fair), a Salmon Faverolle and one Buckeye (a very good layer with a cataract in one eye) that is waiting to find just the right people to give her a home. And a couple of nice big Christmas Turkey's.
We may have need for one more batch of Freedom Rangers as late as October... maybe.
As usual once the barn is completely empty we will be doing a major scrub down and winterizing of the water system followed by yet more improvements.
Year after year our repeat customers have been surprised by the changes they see. We are pleased by the comments we receive but even more pleased about the changes that our customers don't see. I speak of the upgrades we make each year in the brooder areas that are strictly quarantined for bio-security. We have expanded each year and updated the equipment including feed, water and heating systems as well as manure management. We keep the chicks entrusted in our care as happy and comfortable as we possibly can. A happy comfortable chick is a healthy one!
Looking forward to the hard work ahead in our off-season... and to all the peeps to come next year!
See you then!
We have been asked when we would have ready to lay pullets available. This is not something we do as from season's beginning (Feb/March) to season's end (Sept.) we simply don't have the space available to raise day old chicks to that stage.
A couple of years ago we had a batch of layers left over in September, and we over-wintered them and sold them when the doors opened for business in February. These pullets were at the ready to lay stage and sold for $20 each.
We are considering doing the same this year, but do not want to do so on speculation as we need to guarantee the birds are gone and the barn is empty and sterile prior to the arrival of the first hatch of the year.
If you are interested in "early birds" let us know! If enough people want them we just may over-winter a batch for 2014! A fresh ready to lay pullet for February will cost $25 (the cost of feed has gone up that much).
Sadly the flowers are gone. The Volunteer program we sponsor has been put on hold for now. Beau Peep Farms is a proud sponsor of "HOW we HELP Chilliwack" and we look forward to sponsoring the volunteer program again once they have found a new "garbage disposal" sponsor.
We get asked about the flower stand often...
Fresh cut flowers are available for sale by donation at the driveway entrance. These flowers are donations of "seconds" (flowers that may not be perfect or not as fresh as those you would buy from your favorite florist) to benefit the food salvage and re-distribution program we run out of Beau Peep Farms.
Proceeds from the sale of these flowers is put towards the fuel, trucking and misc. expenses (such as the "Pit Stop") that the volunteer food salvage and re-distribution program requires.
For the past 5 years Beau Peep Farms has been running a non-profit organization from our farm location. It takes a lot of space and a lot of time, and often gets in the way and gets messy. This year we have moved operations to the back of the property, where our volunteers spend time three days a week sorting out truck loads of donated fresh produce. The produce from green grocers and greenhouses is re-distributed to several local organizations that help to feed the hungry in Chilliwack.
Thank you to all who volunteer and all who continue to donate to the program! We couldn't do it without you!
Well, we have done many improvements to the barn for both the birds comfort and our own, we ran out of time and had to forgo installing flooring in the store front since the birds have arrived! Now we will have to wait until the brooders are all empty again at the end of the year before we can seriously look at any more construction. We will not put the chicks through the stress and noise that would be involved.
Beginning March 2 (opening day at the farm) we will be able to accept payment by Visa, Mastercard and Interac! The machine is installed and we are hard at work making improvements to the barn and getting ready for the first chicks to arrive! In the office we have been answering emails, taking orders and getting our orders placed with the hatcheries. We are updating out website and looking forward to helping everyone find the poultry of their desires again this year!
This year's clearance sale meant that we were able to clear out the barn by the first of October, with the exception of Quail and Guinea's nearly all of the poultry has been sold. The few remaining chickens are being housed outside now so that we could get an early start on the self-waterting system for next year! Thank you everyone for making 2012 a great success. The sale continues as we still have some poultry to move out this month! It's now first come first serve on all remaining poultry, no holds or reserves.
2012 has been a very busy year for placing the cockerels and roosters we have "taken under our wing". We have homed a great deal of these boys this year, all of the surrendered birds have found homes and most of the others as well! We still have some nice young cockerels available, so if you or anyone you know is looking to add a cockerel to their flock please check out our Rooster Roster page!
Our Poultry photographer had entries in photography at this year's fair also. She did well winning ribbons for her work. Two of her photo's on display were of our "peeps". We hope to be able to post more about them in our blog soon!
The fair was an "eggcellent adventure". Over the 3 fantastic days we met quite a few other fanciers / breeders and had a great time just talking turkey (and chicken, duck, guinea, geese ....).
We had 11 entries in the fair with 8 ribbons. Seven 1st place ribbons for Variety or Best of Breed (or both) and one 2nd place in the Heavy Commercial Duck class (A very young Ideal Poultry Roen).
We are extememly proud of our very young Buckeye from June 6th (also from Ideal Poultry); she finished 1st in variety and was the Reserve Champion in the American class.
Most of the birds we exhibited were hatched in March through May of this year, and all of them were imported from hatcheries in the USA. They did very well considering their lack of maturity and that they were competing with birds that were just shy of their 1st birthday and some that were older than that.
We are happy with our entries and look forward to doing it again next year!
We have 50 Japanese (Coturnix) Quail in now!
We also have adult White Coturnix Males, Tuxedo Quail mixed sex.
Mature Italian Quail.
We have several beautifully coloured male Button Quail to choose from! Males are on sale for $10 each regularly $15, pairs when available sell for $40, females when available sold separately for $30.
The Better Back-yard Broiler Bird!
We have received a lot of great feedback on these birds. Everyone who has tried them has told us they love them!
Beau Peep Farms has just aquired an automated plucking machine. We will be making it available on loan to anyone purchasing 25 or more Freedom Ranger Broiler Chicks from us that wishes to use it come processing time!
We will have a variety of birds entered at this years Chilliwack Agri fair. They will be on exhibit Aug 10 - 12.
We are seeing more and more chick orders being shipped from our hands to destinations throughout Canada including the Islands (Vancouver Gulf Islands and Queen Charlottes), BC Interior, Northern BC, Yukon, Alberta and beyond.
The barn was expanded this year to include an outdoor rearing coop.
We are in the process of upgrading our water delivery system to a nipple system. This is sure to decrease the amount of labour time while ensuring a non-stop ever fresh water supply for all of the birds!
FOWL! Farming Only With Love.
Treat all living creatures with love and respect, they will reward you.