When we first moved to our little farm we decided to take it slow and start out with poultry. Hon ordered the poultry he thought we should start with. Then I made the mistake of going to a flea market. Next thing I knew I was the proud owner of a couple of brown paper sandwich bags. One had ducklings in it, the other had turkey poults. That's where the addiction began. We now raise Dominique and Black Java chickens; American Buff and Dewlap Toulouse geese; and Ancona, Buff, Indian Runner, and Rouen ducks. There's also our old man rooster, Sparky, who's almost 10, his friends Miss Phil, and the black and white spotted hen; and our Pekin doose, Biggie Smalls. They give us eggs, make us smile, and are the eyes and ears of the farm.
American Buff Geese
Moe & Alice are a pair of American Buff geese that came to us in April 2009. They are a pair of real characters, always together, always keeping an eye on things around here. We also have Barbie & Frick. The four of them gave us a great bunch of goslings this past spring, which we will be offering up as processed holiday goose soon.
Dewlap Toulouse Geese
Mr. Big Stuff, Vodka, and Angel are our trio of Dewlap Toulouse geese. Biggie Smalls, a Pekin duck, is also part of their family. They come from our good friends at Shay Hill Heritage Farm. Dewlap Toulouse is also a heritage breed, and one we've been wanting to add to our farm for years. They are a large gentle breed that we love to watch cruise the farm and pond.
Dominique and Java Heritage Chickens
We enjoy raising heritage breeds of chickens here at The Silver Maple Farm. The two breeds we are focusing on at this time are Dominiques and Javas. We have two Dominique roosters and three hens at the moment and are looking forward to the chicks they product this year. We also have a young pair of Javas and are anxiously awaiting for them to grow old enough to breed. Both of these breeds are older North American breeds that have stood the test of time. I have shown many of our chickens at the Ross County Fair over the past four years and have done quite well. Because of that, I have set my sights a bit higher and am hoping to show them at the Ohio National Poultry Show in November.