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Posted 4/30/2017 12:48pm by Allison Rostad.

If you ever have the opportunity to be your own boss, do it. Not because it'll be easy or because you can do anything you want. Rather because you'll have no-one else to blame if you fail. Sounds harsh, but to me that's living life right. Full accountability for the success of your life and future. 

At the end of June 2017, Josh and I purchased the successful poultry enterprise from our neighbor, Will Morrow from Whitmore Farm. This enterprise would include 4 breeds of chickens that lay eggs for both consumption and hatching. We're talking roughly 200 birds per colony. That's 800 freaking birds! Kind of a big deal as neither Josh nor myself know much about chickens. Pretty big risk when you leave your steady job of 4 years to hope you can pull off all the same success that the previous owners did plus some.

So when I mentioned about accountability... this is what I mean. If I fail at this new business... that's on me. I will have risked everything I already had going for me. I can't fail - for my future's sake!

In an effort to at least look like I know what I'm doing, I first gathered two chicken books in hope to learn as much information on the 4 breeds we will be receiving mid-June. I've been in "training mode" this past week with Will at his farm learning the business while they're finishing up their Spring hatching season before the birds are transferred to our farm. Luckily, I've always been pretty good at absorbing lots of information at one time. 

For instance, I had no idea that the eggs a hen will lay will always have the same shell pattern on every egg! The Delaware breed are mostly white and produce a light tan egg. The Ameracauna breed lay these pretty blue green eggs, but they're by far the worst to collect from - I've got a pretty little scab forming on my right pinky finger from one of them pecking me! Both the Welsummer and Marans lay dark tan eggs. These eggs are the hardest to wash as the color can be rubbed right off! 

Hatching the eggs is like the best thing! They're super cute and fluffy with a ton of energy when they pop out of the shell. I've had to learn how to vaccinate the little ones on their first day of life too. Not my favorite thing to do, but it ensures a healthy beginning for them which is important!

As I learn and attempt to perfect the processes to this business I plan to share my journey with everyone. "The only source of knowledge is experience" and my experiences through this journey could teach someone else something too!