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Weather delays shipments of binjte potatoes and chicks

By Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield.

Planted about another 75 pounds of potatoes this week. Still waiting on 300 pounds of bintjes and purple majesty potatoes that were supposed to ship in mid-March from Maine, but they could not ship because of the weather. They are supposed to be here on Monday.

Chicks to come

Levi really wanted his 30 chicks/future laying hens to arrive this week. He has been working on remodeling an old laying coop. Due to the weather, his chickens were delayed.

We have been running the numbers on feed costs. Levi is either going go with non-GMO feed or organic feed. Non-GMO feed is available locally; we can get organic feed, but it will be $10-$12 more per 50-pound bag. Once his hens start laying in August, they will be producing about 12 dozen eggs a week.

This is where we need your input. Non-GMO eggs would be $6 per dozen. Organic eggs would be $8 per dozen. Let us know.

Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield; demullis@vnet.net.
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