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Winter is upon us

Posted by Dustin Biery on November 4, 2012 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (2)

Hey guys, I honestly just realized that I had not updated the email address like I thought I had and I have missed several peoples inquiries about my birds.  Just a quick update--we are currently focusing on only our Sumatras.  Game fowl was an awesome experience, but I have been completely enchanted with the Sumatras.  We recently brought in a pair of Dun Sumatras from Michael Baker in Washington state.  I think they will be a great addition to the flock.  

Once again, I apologize that I missed so many of your questions, but that should be corrected and I should respond in a timely fashion.  Look for updated pictures coming soon!

Summer Heat is On!

Posted by Dustin Biery on July 12, 2010 at 9:49 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey everyone, things around the house are getting out of control.  Last week we had record rainfalls for the month of July.  This week, the heat has been increasing and the yard is out of control.  Really in need to get the pasture bush-hogged and the lawn mowed.  Birds are doing well.  Most of them are foraging during the day and seemingly enjoy being under foot.  For birds that dont seem to enjoy being handled, they sure enjoy my presence. 

 

Hatching this year has been awful.  I really didn't try to hatch that many due to space restrictions, but those I did didn't fair too well.  I had some shipped eggs go into the bator and I missed a hairline fracture in one of them.  So, needless to say, while I was away for work, I had a bacterial problem running rampant in my incubator, rendering most of the eggs absolutely useless.  Hoping that the fall will bring me better results. 

 

Had a hen go missing over the weekend.  My fingers are crossed that she has a nest somewhere and will appear with chicks in tow in the next few weeks, but I am well aware that there could be other probabilities.  Check back later to see what kind of updates are posted.

Drawing to a close

Posted by Dustin Biery on April 20, 2010 at 10:57 AM Comments comments (0)

As any of you have followed this story, you probably realize it is quickly culminating in dramatic fashion. I have submitted my Strategic Management paper for assessment, which means another class down.  Tonight I start 5 weeks of Business Ethics, something all breeders should know about--but not only at a business level.  When I started this course study, I never thought it would lead me to a senior project based on my birds and what I am trying to do, but I cannot complain because it has.  This has given me much needed time to think and reflect on what I have done and where I am going. 

 

I never thought I would be looking for the next step, but I have found myself looking at Masters degree programs.  Thought this would be my only option to move forward into the next phase of my life.  I thought about going back to where it all began with a Masters in Agriculture Education, but I really feel that my degree is leading me more towards a Masters in Agriculture Business.  Im not sure I am ready to take the step yet, but I am planning on making it so that when I leap, I wont have far to fall. 

 

Thanks to everyone who has supported this process and helped me along the way.  Things wouldn't be what they are today if I didn't have great friends and family. 

WOW, only 10 weeks left

Posted by Dustin Biery on March 17, 2010 at 10:41 AM Comments comments (2)

Looking at the calendar yesterday, I began to realize how close I am getting to graduation--the day I thought would never get here.  After nearly 8 years of college, I will finally have a bachelors degree in Business Management.  When I stop and think about it, it is all a blur...no way its been that long, but in reality it seems like a lifetime.  There have been several speed bumps along the way but somehow I have found a way to master them.  There comes a time when a person thinks they cannot take anymore, but if you can dig deep and find that ounce of push, you can usually find all you need to muster through.  Of course none of this would have been possible if I didn't have friends and family standing behind me, sometimes with a catttle prod, helping me along the way.  What a journey the last 8 years have been.  Started in Fayetteville and hoped to finish there, but I will settle for Fort Smith.  Made many friends along the way, even though there isn't much communication between us, they are the kind I know I can call on at any time and they would do what they could to help.  Its been a great experience, but I am ready for the next chapter--to see what doors open for me.  But I will not wait for that door, if I see a cracked window, I will find a way through it.  All of the work and drive will eventually pay off, just have to remain patient. 

Continuing my progress.....

Posted by Dustin Biery on March 8, 2010 at 9:51 AM Comments comments (1)

Well, finished with my Marketing class and submitted my final assignment for evaluation.  Lets hope the teacher understands what I was trying to communicate.  My marketing plan can be accessed onthe 'School Project' page.  It took me the better part of four days to complete, but its finally done.  This week I will start my Strategic Management class.  I am not looking forward to all the assignments, but this class could most definately be useful in the future. 

As for the birds, well...there just isn't much going on.  I can't seem to be able to coax them into laying for nothing.  Hoping this weather we have been having will help get them kicked into gear.  In the process of working on my project and reading over the SPPA's site again and again, I realized there is a breed out there that is in need of help, and it looks like they could be in a bad way.  The Russian Orloffs were dropped from the APA Standard of Perfection, when--Im not exactly sure.  There is an article on feathersite that was written by Craig Russell that is worth reading. 

I will blog more later, think I better get back to work.

Capstone Project

Posted by Dustin Biery on December 10, 2009 at 12:11 PM Comments comments (7)

Hey everyone, I know there isn't much traffic here currently, but hope that will pick up soon.  Just wanted to share my final project for my Bachelors degree program.  I am doing an extensive reseach project on how to minimize the number of breeds on the Society for Preservation of Poultry Antiquities and National Livestock Breed Conservancy critical lists.  If anyone has any insight as to the breeds that are curently listed or how they think they would best be removed from this list, please share.

Building the site

Posted by Dustin Biery on December 8, 2009 at 1:09 PM Comments comments (1)

Hey guys, as you can tell my site is kind of bare bones right now.  I am working on getthing things put together here, so please bear with me.  Hope to have things up and running smoothly soon.  If you would like your link added to the links page, let me know and  I will get you added.


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