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2013 Photo Contest Honorable Mentions

Photo Contest Honorable Mentions
After receiving hundreds of submissions to our photo contest, we wanted to share with you some of our favorites. These photos may not have won a prize, but they still stood out and we felt that we needed to recognize them. We smiled, we laughed and we were awed by some of these great pictures and the stories we received with some of them. There are seven superlative categories and we selected a winner for each. These customers will each receive a dozen pair of our FarmTek Dot Grip Gloves! We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we did!
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And The Winners Are….Announcing Our 2013 Fall Photo Contest Winners!

Photo Contest Winners

It’s that time of year again! The photos came pouring in for our 2013 Fall Photo Contest and we’re here to announce the winners! As always, the quality and quantity of photos we received was large, but we were finally able to narrow it down to a top winner and runners-up. We loved seeing the submissions from our customers—from chickens and cows, to high tunnels and greenhouses, you all sent us some great photos and we love seeing our products in action. If you didn’t submit photos this time around, be sure to do so during our next photo contest. We’d love to see what you have to share! But for now, read on and see how our top finishers are using our products!

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FarmTek Farmers – How I Get My Girls Ready for Winter

FarmTek Farmers – How I Get My Girls Ready for Winter This week’s FarmTek Farmer is Joe Nitch, a poultry farmer who works in our CT office.  Here is how he prepares his chickens for the winter weather.

Autumn in New England means the nights are getting colder, days are getting shorter, leaves are turning bright oranges, yellows and reds, and the feathers are dropping like crazy! Feathers? That’s right, feathers! The onset of shorter days and colder nights throws my ladies into a molt. My ladies being barred rocks, rhode island reds, black stars and auracanas, that is. The girls are getting ready for winter by shedding all their feathers and growing new ones. This process takes a lot of energy, which usually means egg production drops from 12 to 16 eggs per day down to 1 to 2 eggs per day. While they are preparing for winter, I am as well. Read more

A Fresh Egg a Day Keeps the Doctor Away – A Guide to Raising Backyard Chickens

Today, growing produce in a home garden is becoming quite the trend. Not only is growing your own food a healthy option, but it is a great way to stay busy and interact with the outdoors. Wouldn’t it be nice to have farm fresh eggs for breakfast every morning to go with your delicious, homegrown produce? With a few chickens and a bit of equipment, you can simply walk into your backyard and pick breakfast out of the coop. Starting your own backyard chicken farm can be fun and easy, as long as you know what you need to get started. From poultry feeders and waterers to chicken housing and cages, here is a guide that includes just about everything you need to tend to your flock from chicks to full-grown birds.

WHAT DO I NEED TO RAISE BACKYARD CHICKENS?

To get started, make sure you have equipment available to provide your chickens with food, water and shelter for laying. This means you will need chicken feeders and waterers, as well as a coop or hutch.

Chick-Inn Poultry FeederFeeders: Poultry feed needs to be kept clean so your flock isn’t feasting on dirty food and you aren’t fighting a rodent infestation problem. Feeders should be cleaned out every day and refilled with fresh feed. When cleaning your feeder, make sure to let it dry thoroughly before refilling so the new feed remains dry. We recommend purchasing a red feeder because they attract birds, making them feed more often, maximizing weight gain and egg production. Feeders are available in a range of sizes and shapes to accommodate the needs of your flock. Read more

A Grower’s Eggsperiment – “Get Me Some Chickens”

Our blog feature, FarmTek’s Farmers, will include posts from FarmTek employees who also happen to be experts in topics such as dairy farming and backyard chickens because, well, they are real farmers! This week’s FarmTek Farmer is Kathleen Osgood. Kathleen is going to tell you about her start as a backyard chicken farmer.

Backyard ChickensHello FarmTek blog followers! This will be my first post of several in the coming months so I wanted to quickly introduce myself. My name is Kathleen and I am a Senior Account Manager here at FarmTek. I work in the ClearSpan group and my days are comprised of helping growers design their dream greenhouses and high tunnels- a sweet gig! I am coming on five years with the company and love getting to chat with savvy farmers every day. Read more

Welcome to our Blog!

FarmTek WelcomeHere at FarmTek, we’re a bit new to the blogging world, so we’d like to introduce ourselves. It is our goal to provide high-quality, innovative products at the best prices, along with great customer service. You can visit our online store to learn more about us, shop or request a catalog!

With our new blog, we hope to engage farmers and growers and to share information. Expect to see helpful how-to guides, success stories from our customers, new product spotlights, FAQs, innovative solutions to common problems, and more. We also hope you’ll leave us feedback and suggestions for what you’d like to see. Keep in mind, the first comment you submit must be approved by our blog administrator before it posts, but after that, you can comment freely (provided you stick to our Terms and Conditions of Use). Read more