Non-GMO fed Poultry at TnF Farms

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At TnF Farms, our commitment to sustainable farming and homesteading extends to our diverse poultry flock. Our hens include several breeds, including Rhode Island Reds, Buff Orpingtons, Leghorns, and a particular favorite of Faith’s – Silkies. Our experience with these feathered friends has been a mix of what we knew from research and the invaluable lessons we’ve learned through hands-on care.

Rhode Island Reds, known for their hardiness and exceptional egg-laying abilities, have been a cornerstone of our egg production. Buff Orpingtons, prized for their friendly demeanor and cold-hardy nature, add a touch of charm to our flock while contributing to our egg supply as well. Leghorns, with their remarkable egg production, have been essential for keeping our farm self-sufficient in terms of farm fresh eggs.

We have all kinds of Silkies at TnF Farms

Silkies, however, hold a special place in Faith’s heart. These distinctive birds, known for their fluffy plumage and gentle temperament, have become a beloved part of our chicken family. They may not the producers in egg production as some other breeds. But their unique appearance and delightful personalities make them treasured members of our flock.

Our chickens have taught us the importance of providing a safe and comfortable environment. We’ve invested in building secure coops and runs to protect them from predators, ensuring their well-being. Proper nutrition and access to fresh, clean water have been essential to their health and productivity.

In addition to eggs, our chickens contribute to our sustainability efforts by providing nutrient-rich manure. This enhances our soil and benefits our garden. This closed-loop system aligns with our goal of responsible and eco-friendly farming practices.

As we continue to raise these various breeds of chickens at TnF Farms, we remain dedicated to expanding our knowledge and improving our chicken-keeping practices. Each bird brings its unique personality and quirks, reinforcing the importance of patience and attentiveness in animal husbandry. We look forward to sharing more about our poultry experiences. The lessons we learn, and the delightful diversity of chickens we raise at TnF Farms. Join us on this enriching journey of poultry farming and the joys of rural living.

Farm Animals Make Life Better

I am a frequent visitor to TnF Farms, usually about once a month for a few days. I have been visiting the last few years since Tim and Faith moved to Tallahassee to start their farm. I am no stranger to farm life, as I have had horses growing up, and I much prefer it over city living. During my visits, I help Faith with farm chores, lend a helping hand on projects, become a goat midwife, and get my much-needed farm fix. I have always had a deep connection with animals in general, but there’s just something inherently special about farm animals.

Should You Grow Ryegrass?

Beyond its role as a forage crop, rye grass plays a crucial role in environmental conservation. Its ability to prevent soil erosion, particularly on slopes or vulnerable terrain, has made it a preferred choice for cover cropping. As a cover crop, ryegrass forms a protective layer over the soil, reducing the risk of erosion and promoting soil health. Additionally, its quick growth makes it an effective ground cover in lawns and pastures, providing an aesthetically pleasing green carpet. Whether utilized for livestock feed, erosion control, or ornamental landscaping, ryegrass stands out as a resilient and adaptable grass species with multifaceted benefits.

The Cluck-Worthy Truth

It occurred to me when we were restocking our chicken feed that nobody has ever asked us for “proof” that we are feeding our chickens non-GMO feed. There is no regulating body that comes out and periodically checks and we’ve never had to send our eggs off for analysis. Non-GMO feed costs more. Non-GMO eggs can call for a mark-up over regular eggs.

The Significance of NPIP Certification

In poultry farming, there’s no question that the health and welfare of your flock are top priorities. Enter the significance of NPIP certification, a cornerstone of responsible poultry farming. NPIP, or the National Poultry Improvement Plan. This  is a program initiated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The primary aim of monitoring and enhancing the overall health of poultry in the United States. Whether you’re an enthusiastic poultry hobbyist or a seasoned homesteader or farmer. This is essential to understand why obtaining NPIP certification for your chickens is a game-changer for both you and your flock.

A Tasty, Easy Breakfast

Tim usually cooks breakfast. Before we called it an evening last night, I mentioned tomorrow morning, I’m making a favorite breakfast of mine. Today I’ll be making a country fried breakfast with most of the foods sourced from TnF Farms. I’m starting by frying up a package of our American Guinea hog bacon in an iron skillet. Now I have Tim hovering in the kitchen eating the bacon as fast as it comes out of my skillet.

Understanding Chicken Molting

It’s an old wives’ tale, but a heavy molt means a bad winter is coming. As autumn sets in and leaves begin to fall, your chickens are also undergoing a seasonal change of their own: molting. Molting is a natural process in a chicken’s life cycle when they shed and regrow their feathers. Fall molting is particularly common among chickens, and understanding this phenomenon can help you provide the best care for your flock during this transitional period. In my post, I’ll discuss the reasons behind fall molting, the stages of molting, and how you can support your chickens during this time.

Non-GMO Free-Range Eggs

TnF Farms is located just outside the idyllic town of Havana, Florida. Local residents and visitors are embracing a healthier and more sustainable way of life by seeking out non-GMO, free-range farm-fresh eggs. In this post, we’ll explore the quest for these premium eggs, highlighting the benefits of non-GMO and free-range practices, and where you can find these exceptional gems in Havana.

Poultry Rumors vs Facts

President Ronald Regan made the phrase “trust but verify” famous back in the late 80s. We invited multiple visiting Florida Department of Agriculture inspectors in for a cup of coffee to get the facts. Here are 3 rumors that are not true.

NPIP certified AI clean

This certification ensures that your flock is free from significant poultry diseases, thereby guaranteeing the health and well-being of your birds. Participation is voluntary and the service is FREE in the state of Florida.

Raising Leghorns in Florida

Raising Leghorn chickens in Florida offers a plethora of advantages, from high egg production and adaptability to disease resistance and cost-efficiency. Whether you’re a seasoned farmer or a newcomer to poultry farming, the Leghorn’s characteristics make it a stellar choice for thriving in the sunny and warm climate of the Sunshine State. As the demand for locally sourced and sustainable eggs continues to rise, the Leghorn proves itself as a reliable and profitable investment for poultry farmers in Florida.