The photo above is a snapshot of my hen house and potting shed taken from the back door across my backyard and patio. The chickens have access to the almond orchard out their back gate. On most rainy days I keep the pen secure.
Education is our goal. I can't wait to share thoughts, processes, and knowledge concerning animal care, feeding and housing. We'll share product use, and make sure products are evaluated for practicality.
The Sacramento Valley is home to the CSUC college farm. (California State University) I am a professor of AG Business, Animal Science and Natural Resources. I teach Livestock based nutrition. Not at the university, but at the nearby Community College.
All animals here at Clawfoot are raised in pastures, under the open sky with plenty of fresh air. Food from our animals is pasture raised, not pasteurized. Wholesome real food. Come along and you'll learn that real nutrition comes from real food. Greens, meat, eggs, dairy and fats can all be part of a healthy diet, but you have to source the food correctly and stay away from too much starch and sugar. Send your questions to me under the "Projects" page.
Regards from Uncle Bill
Last month, in early November you may recall that I stated we had had very little rain. Since that posting (and because of the lack of rain) we had a devastating fire that came within about 8 miles of Clawfoot farm. We have had significant rain since.
The fire started in the Feather River Canyon of Northern California and stormed up the ridge heading west. By the end of that first day, the town of Paradise was all but gone. Paradise was a sitting duck with beautiful timber and small compact home sites that sadly had little chance from such a fast moving fire. The final count may not be known for quite some time, but we know the death toll is approaching 90 souls and over 13,000 homes were destroyed. My prayers and my sympathies go out to all that were impacted by the CAMP FIRE!
In addition to the lives lost, there were many animals that passed as well. My daughter and I helped with animal rescue and I had my College class help at the animal rescue site as well. I still have 11 chickens at Clawfoot Farm that will need to go back to their owners when they are able to move back..... Enough bad news!
Each month in this center section of the Home Page I will give you an update. I will also soon change the center picture to catch your eye. Many posts and comments are coming from the faithful on the "Projects on the Farm" page. It may take a day or two, but I will respond to most of them, If they appropriate for the sight.
Stay Safe, From Uncle Bill
Never had an Uncle that lives in the country?
If you've never had an Uncle whose also a friend and who also promotes a healthy and happy live style.... WELL NOW YOU DO!
Please get to know me as Uncle Bill.
If you're new to this website or especially if you are new to rural life, please take a little time to check us out. If you don't have the time to read, look, think, or even take a deep breath.... you're probably not taking the time to slow down! Show a little patience and read on.
Lifestyle change, sustainability, and even homesteading trends seem to be all the rage these days. At Clawfoot, we'll use lessons and blogs to point subscribers in the right direction.
Our background and education is varied. Everything from construction, using recycled and repurposed materials... to health and wellness.
Health care and longevity should start with sound nutritional practices. The human body (like all animals) is capable of remarkable recovery and repair if given the proper building blocks and in the proper amounts.
Regards from Uncle Bill
Clawfoot's Main Message
At this point, Clawfoot Farm may sound like any other Chicken website. There's a lot of hype and junk on the internet, so we'd like to help you sort through some of that.
Last year (2017) I was chosen as our County Farm Bureau member of the year. The county is in Rural Northern California at the top of the Sacramento Valley and the Farm Bureau membership is over 1300 strong. I must admit, I was not only honored but humbled by the experience.
Please join your local farm bureau and get involved in protecting an American tradition and wonderful lifestyle.
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You probably need to know what makes us tick, so here goes. Animals have always been an important part of our lives. I almost chose a name like, "Practical Poultry" or "Common Sense Animal Husbandry" but this site will eventually be much more than that! I teach animal nutrition, so I'll share important knowledge about your own health too. I am not a medical doctor, but our bodies need the same nutrients that our animals do. The portions may be slightly different depending on species and activity, but nutritional knowledge can help with your own metabolism too. Exciting? We think so.
Remember, I have a degree in Animal Science, I've been in the business for a few decades. I have answered a lot of questions and that's how I not only learned more, but developed a passion for all livestock and their care. Not just chickens and sheep, but all livestock species and concerns for our own health as well.
Keep in touch by sharing your questions and thoughts, that's how we all learn! B
Now that we're totally up and running, please join us and do all the social media stuff to help make the site popular. Thanks for your help, here's to your health! Start by giving your thoughts and click the "BLOG" page below or from the menu. Uncle Bill