My husband loves a white chicken. He has always had a few white leghorns.I have never been real crazy about the looks of a white leghorn. I like big healthy chickens. We were looking for a new chicken last year that would help with our egg production. Of course Mike was suggesting White Leghorns. I didn't want that breed so I started researching chickens. We have had many breeds of chickens during our 31 years together. As a matter of fact there is probably not to many that we haven't tried.
I started by going to all of the hatcheries that I use online and seeing what they had. I was not satisfied with anything that I was seeing but then I found them. My next new type of chicken that I would absolutely fall in love with.
The chicken is a cross between the Black Australorp rooster and a White Leghorn hen. Little did I know that this cross had been around since the early 1900's. They are a white chicken with random black feathers.They are excellent layers throughout the year. Their eggs are a large off white/cream colored. They are considered a heavy breed. Their disposition is calmer than the Leghorns. They are supposed to have good reflexes for predator avoidance but they are white and can be easily seen. We put our chickens up at night just for their own safety. We do let them free range during the day.
My chickens have just started laying and I must say that I am covered in eggs. It is true that they are a great egg layer. They have a good feed to egg ratio. If you love to sit around and just watch your chickens scratch around the yard you will not be disappointed. I love my white Austra's..
We would like to take a minute to Thank You for stopping by. On our first blog we would just like to take the opportunity to tell you about ourselves. Here at Louderbranch Farms we are always busy doing something!
Louderbranch Farms is a family owned and operated business located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Walhalla, SC.. Mike, Rhonda, Derrick and Audrey came up with the plan to make this a family business. We are a very diversified operation . We grow and raise both annual and some perennial herb, flower and vegetable plants. We started with one greenhouse and it has quickly grown into 3 greenhouses that are 100 ft long and the 4th is being built for this upcoming 2020 season. We do retail and wholesale of our plants. Our greenhouse season runs from April 1 through June 1 for summer and then we also have a fall season for flowers and vegetable plants. I wish that was what the season entailed for us but we are actually seeding the little plants already. We start in October planning the next season. Unless you have a green house business you may think that is not hard work but the planning phase is much worse than the growing season. We get everything planned out and the seed orders in. Then by January we go to work planting little seeds so you will have a great selection of plants to choose from when you come by to visit us at the greenhouses. There is not a lot of time that we are not actually doing something inside of those houses.
We are in the process of giving the greenhouses a new look. What used to be the back of the greenhouses is now the front. This will give us more available parking. We are also giving it a Garden Center vibe. We are very excited to see what you all think about it.
We also raise pastured beef, chicken, duck, pork and turkey. We do allow our poultry to free range during the day but they are put up at night to protect them from the coyotes, foxes and hawks that love to hang around the farm. For more about our animals check out our page on the website concerning them. We do have the meat for sale on our website when it is available.
We have honey bees here on the farm. So we do have honey for sale on occasions. We have to be very careful with what we do here on the farm because the bees will take it back to their hives with them. We do not want that.
We do make some hand made products such as Rhonda Lynne's "Ole Fashion Lard Soap". We make the lard ourselves right here on the farm. If you are ever curious on how to make lard we have a Youtube video on it so go and check it out. I have another soap idea in the works. We also make other bath products that we will have for sale.
The goal of LBF is to provide a good clean quality product that is grown, raised or made by us for ourselves and the surrounding community. We believe that it is very important to know your farmer and to know your food but it is equally important for us as farmers to know our customers.
We hope you enjoyed learning a little about us. Stop back by and visit our blog again.
I hope your day is blessed!
The voice behind the blog will be Mike & Rhonda Loudermilk. Life at Louderbranch Farms is very far from simple. It is very complicated at times. We would love to live a slower paced life but that is just not possible for what we are trying to accomplish. We both work full time jobs for others plus have our own business. We spend most of our time working. That is what we do! We love gardening, caring for our animals and making handmade bath products such as Rhonda Lynne's Ole Fashioned Soap.