I moved onto my property in January. Moving here alleviated financial and security issues I faced at the time and allowed me to live the lifelong dream of owning a small farm. I work in the nearby city as a driver and my income has dropped terribly over the past few months.
We live cheap. My budget numbers should work, but there are always unexpected expenses and I spend many hours daily keeping myself employed and maintaining the flock to keep it healthy. I need help catching back up and lifting some stress off my shoulders.
I work 11 1/2 hour shifts 5 days a week with an hour commute each way and still cannot make ends meet. I'm 6 weeks behind on my payments. In three weeks, I'll be able to add income through holiday art paintings, but I am not sure how I'm going to keep my home until then. My job and art are both seasonal.
The farm takes in birds people need rehomed as well as raising its own egg layers and poultry dedicated to being food animals. Chickens, turkeys, ducks, quail, and guinea fowl call this property home. The farm is utilized in every way except gardening at this time. We need a flock proof fence for this.
My goal is to get the farm birds self-sustaining by selling eggs, chicks, and adult birds. Their income would cover their own feed bill which is about $150 a month. These costs include supplies like straw and wood shavings for keeping their areas and cages clean as well as feed and vitamins.
This place is a peaceful area and it has been a source of healing for not only myself but for others that have and will visit. I do not want to pack up and have to find new homes for the birds I have given sanctuary. In time, I'll apply for both farm exemption and non-profit, but I'm just trying to keep a roof over us at this time.