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 try to meet that goal on my pages called: Rural Life Lessons. 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
Here we are, just a few days away from Valentine's day. California has had a decent amount of rain and there's more on the way. It's nature's way of replenishing our ground water aquifers.
I'm not sure about the eastern half of the country, but out here in the west, late February comes and the signs of spring begin to emerge. Sure it's still cold, but daffodils are popping up and our almond trees are swollen with buds. There's no flowers on the trees but all the signs are there.
With the coming of spring, baby chicks will soon be available in our feed stores. In rural Northern California every town of any size will likely have a feed store and most have hatchery suppliers that will begin to have chicks available. I buy baby chicks every year and cull old hens from my flock. Here at Clawfoot our pens are built to be predator proof so we don't lose hens that way. We do cull non-producing hens and clear the way for newer and younger hens. Older hens are given to other production growers who don't seem to mind a little less production.
Anyway, very soon I'll be setting up my brooder box and getting everything ready for new chicks. I have some favorite breeds and I don't special order. I just wait for those breeds to show up and purchase them when they're available. Watch for more to come, but for now call your local sources and see when chicks might be coming.
MORE to come.... 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