Our Story

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OUR LIFE IN WISCONSIN

We are a small family owned and operated farm in Northern Ohio.    We raised our children on a 75 acre farm in Wisconsin where our primary business was horses.  We boarded about 25 horses, gave riding lessons, and bred paints and quarter horses.   We also had Scottish Highland cattle and poultry.

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At that time our poultry breeding consisted of one old antique wooden incubator with three shelves that held a total of 300 eggs.  We rotated the shelves weekly and hatched about  75 chicks a week during the summer months.   Every tray needed to be turned by hand 2 times a day, and chicks hatched in the tray they were incubated in.   We sold the chicks locally and at nearby  farm sales.  At that time internet sales was not an option and newspaper ads cut into the small profit we made on the chicks.  Our chicks brought an average of $1.00 to $1.50 each .  The breeds that we offered back then were Blue Cochins, American Orpingtons, Black Australorps,  Ameraucanas and Silkies.  We always seemed to have a waiting list for our Blue Cochins.

OUR MOVE BACK EAST

After losing my father in 2000 to cancer, we moved back east to be closer to my husbands aging parents and to care for my mother.   After searching for some time we bought our 46 acre farm in Ohio in August of 2002.   By this time our children were all grown and the move would just include my husband, myself and all our furry friends.

At the time we moved I still had 12 horses.  My husband, bless his heart, wanted to cart only 4 horses the 750 miles back to Ohio.  We brought 8 :)   My horse veterinarian offered to bring all 8 horses in her trailer, and so it was done!

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Raising poultry is a large part of our everyday farm duties here in Ohio.  While animals have always been a big part of our lives, over the past decade our prime focus has been on our poultry .

We still raise Scottish Highland cattle, a few pigs for the freezer & family and home a couple horses four cats and two dogs.   But our website is devoted almost exclusively to the beautiful English Orpington.

 

BudWith the use of the internet I am like a sponge for information.  I research sometimes till the wee hours of the morning.  It is not uncommon for my husband to retire to bed just to get up at daylight to find me still looking for answers on a subject I am researching.  A lot of my research these days has been on poultry health, breeds, colors and poultry nutrition.  I think you can never stop learning and to do something right you need the correct knowledge.

 

SHARING WHAT WE’VE LEARNED

With our dedication to the English Orpington we  use our site at TheFancyChick.com to share with our readers information that we acquire along our journey of breeding and raising these incredible birds.  With the varieties now available, creating new colors is nearly limitless.  Our mission is  to keep our site updated with new and exciting colors,  and the information needed  on health and breeding to help our readers be successful in their poultry venture.

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Thank you for letting me share a little of our family history.  We hope to see you often on our site.  And by all means, if  you have a question that you can not find the answer to on our site please don’t hesitate to ask.  If I don’t have the answer I am sure I can research it for you. :)

The Gisbrechts

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I am also a huge advocate on all things pure and natural.  If you get a chance visit our blog on natural living.

Accomplishments

  • Lorain County Community College
  • Certified EMT Training, White Bear Lake, MN
  • Certified Nutritional Consultant
  • Veterinary Technician

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Thanks for visiting!

Nellie

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QUICK LINKS

http://thefancychick.com/ (to view our poultry)

http://thefancychick.com/fancychickorders.html (to order chicks)

http://thefancychick.com/ChickOrderingPolicy.html (ordering info)

http://thefancychick.com/FAQ.html  (frequently asked questions)

http://thefancychick.com/files/2015_FancyChick_order_form_revised_2.26.15_.pdf  (price list)

http://thefancychick.com/blog/common-poultry-diseases/  (poultry health)

http://thefancychick.com/blog/poultry-bio-security/  (importance of BioSecurity)

http://thefancychick.com/blog/

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