Jonathan & Denise >
With a view to an eventual – and incremental – retirement from crofting, we are downsizing some of our activities.
First up is the poultry business – or at least part of it.
For some years we have bred and raised quality pure-breed Welsumer chickens, selling fertilized eggs(via eBay) for hatching. Seasonal surpluses of eggs have been sold as eating eggs to personal customers calling in at the walled garden, and on a more regular basis to local B&B businesses.
This has proved a very profitable enterprise, but it is also labour intensive and an ongoing daily commitment, especially when hatching and raising chicks for renewal of the flock.
The Buff Orpingtons are at home, in the walled garden, and relatively easy to manage. The Welsumers, however, are at the croft (they are much better suited to the more open and exposed conditions there), and although the croft is just a seven-minute drive away, that makes all the difference – in terms of both time and money. We have therefore decided to sell off our Welsumers through the course of this year, and in any event no later than the end of September.
That means we will also have a lot of surplus equipment, some of which we’re offering for sale now, others to follow later.
For full details, see our new For Sale page.