Easter Peewee Eggs, a Hatchery Tradition

April 6th, 2012

Hi folks,

It’s an Easter tradition here at Asagi Hatchery to bring in some of Roy Kaneshiro’s very seasonal peewee chicken eggs. Roy and his family own and operate KK Poultry Farm over in Waimanalo. They’ve been raising chicken since the 50’s. They are famous for making sure the islands have fresh island peewees during Easter.

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In the egg world, peewees are the super small eggs, usually laid by very young chickens at the beginning of their egg laying careers. Small? Yup, very small. See the picture above? That’s a Peterson Upland Farm jumbo brown and a Kaneshiro peewee.

Why during Easter? As every competitive child knows, the smallest eggs are indeed the toughest. The secret weapon to a success in an egg fight.

They are also conveniently bite-sized.

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Mahalo Honolulu Magazine!

March 12th, 2012

Wow, we’re mentioned as The Best Place to Pick Up Chicks in Honolulu Magazine’s 2012 Best of Issue on stands this month ūüôā

Exceptionally cool. ¬†And it was so much fun meeting the talented James Mane, the wonderful Honolulu Mag crew and the super Menpachi Productions team when they swung by to include the hatchery and a not so camera shy chick in James’ dream day in ¬†Best Ever Day video.¬† Yay!

Specialty Breeds & Brown Layer Hatches Scheduled for Valentine’s Day!

February 6th, 2012

Yup, we feel that there’s no better day to usher in our first hatches of 2012 than on a day reserved for expressing love and affection.

Not day goes by at the hatchery when a customer doesn’t come in with hearts in their eyes, sharing a heartwarming story about their chicken complete with sighs of adoration.

Valentine’s Day 2012 will see the first Specialty hatch and a big batch of Rhode Island/White Leghorn pullets ¬†(who grow up to be excellent laying hens – yes we can determine gender for this particular bird).

Most of you have already placed your orders, for those who haven’t but are interested, email or call soon — we’ll be hatching a little extra.

Hopefully it’ll be another great hatch!

 

 

 

Heirloom seeds, seed saving and the future of food

January 16th, 2012

We love Seed Savers Exchange. ¬†It’s a non-profit member supported organization whose headquarters is a 890-acre farm ¬†in Decorah, Iowa that maintains thousands of varieties of heirloom garden varieties of herbs, vegetables, flowers, fruits, legumes and even garlic. ¬†It was founded in 1975 by Diane Ott Whealy and Kent Whealy to honor the tradition of preserving and sharing seeds. ¬†They started with the seeds of two garden plants given to them by Diane’s grandpa – a German Pink and Grandpa Otts’ morning glory, brought to the U.S. by his parents when they migrated from Bavaria.

What started as a personal mission has grown into a network of people that are carrying on the wisdom and know-how of seeds saving, as well as the creation of a living legacy of garden varieties cultivated over the centuries by generations of gardeners. ¬†This has proven and will prove to be even more of a saving grace in the years to come as our world’s seed supply continues to be monopolized, re-engineered, sterilized and corporatized.

In addition to our chicks, feed, and backyard farm supplies we’re carrying packets of Seed Savers Exchange seed varieties, as well as classic book on seed saving “Seed to Seed” by Suzanne Ashworth. ¬†Gardeners may also like to know that in addition, we ¬†carry Seeds of Change seed packets, seeds from Fukuda Seed, local fruit and spice trees, and organic seedling starters.

We’re thinking about starting a seed exchange library here at the hatchery later this year. ¬†If anyone is interested in participating, please email lisa@asagihatchery.com.

Local Fruit & Spice Starter Trees

January 13th, 2012

Hi folks,

We received a little forest of local fruit and spice starter trees in time for the new year.  The hatchery feels like an edible forest right now.  We love it!
Trees are locally grown, no imports for us. ¬†And all edibles, since we love to eat. ¬†We’re excited about the spice trees we were able to get. ¬†And except for the Black Pepper, they are all trees — the cinnamon is over seven feet tall. ¬†Pretty cool.
Here’s a close up of that fragrant cinnamon bark:
And here’s a calamondin tree that’s already flowering and fruiting:
We like dwarf citrus trees a lot. ¬†It’s a great fit for urban gardens like ours here in the heart of industrial Kalihi. ¬†We have a calamondin tree that’s been living in a 10 gallon container for over six years. ¬†It has given us continuous amounts of sweet calamansi though it’s lived all of its life in that container. ¬†We also have a mulberry tree tree also living in a container that’s a fruiter. ¬†Then there is the much beloved Sweet Manoa Acerola in the planter box in front of the hatchery. ¬†My mom loves that tree. ¬†So do the bobos.
Here’s our mom giving her baby some loving:
As space and land grow more scarce (water too), it might be a good idea to start seeing what we can start growing ourselves, in especially the smallest of spaces. ¬† That’s become a major interest of ours over the years – finding ways to grow food in island, urban, backyard, settings. ¬†Stay tuned for more stuff.
Here’s a list of the rest of the trees we now have in stock:
All Spice
Black Pepper
Brown Turkey Fig
Cacao
Calamondin (Calamansi)
Cinnamon
Clove
Dwarf Apple Banana
Dwarf Kaffir Lime
Dwarf Nagami Kumquat
Green Gold Avocado
Improved Meyer Lemon
Mammoth Loquat
Mountain Apple (White)
Mountain Apple (Red)
Mulberry
Nutmeg
Pulasan
Sweet Manoa Acerola
Variegated Pink Eureka Lemon
Come by soon if you are interested, they are going pretty fast!

Rounding Up the Orders for Specialty Hatch 2012!

December 26th, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

Hey folks, it’s that time of the year again! We’re gearing up for our annual Spring Specialty Breeds hatches for 2012.

For these hatches we take orders, bring the eggs in from NPIP Inspected and Certified sources, then hatch them here in our commercial hatchery on Oahu. All chicks are vaccinated to prevent Chick Pox and Marek’s Disease, as recommended by most vets. If you are looking for heritage and other specialty breed chicks that will not have to endure the stress of travel from Mainland farms, you might want to place an order here with us.

Please remember that these hatches will be “straight run” meaning that we will not be able to determine the gender of these chicks. Nature is pretty much 50-50 with chickens and gender, there is a 50% chance that a chick might be a rooster. If you can’t have roosters, you might need to have a back-up plan (a friend living in a rooster friendly area who is willing to adopt) or consider ordering chicks from our monthly layer pullet hatches (White Leghorns or Rhode Island/White Leghorn chicks, we are able to determine the gender of these breeds of chicks).

Order deadlines: 12/31/11 for February 2012 hatch, 1/25/12 for March 2012 hatch, 2/25/12 for April 2012 hatch, 3/25/12 for May 2012 hatch. When ordering please indicate desired hatch month and contact phone number. Prices range from $6-8.50 per chick, depending on breed.

Available breeds this year include: Rhode Island Red, Barred Plymouth Rock, Golden Sex Link, Black Sex Link, Buff Orpington, White Plymouth Rock, Black Australop, Austra White, Araucana, Silver Lace Wyandotte, Golden Laced Wyandotte, Light Brahma, Golden Campine, Turken, Columbia Rock, White Crested Polish, Blue Polish, Barred Cochin, Birchen Cochin, Blue Cochin, Buff Cochin, Golden Laced Cochin, Mottled Cochin, Partridge Cochin, Red Cochin, White Cochin, Black Silkie, White Silkie, Mille Fleur, Buff Brahma, Dark Brahma, Light Brahma, Ameraucana, BB Red Old English, Blue Laced Wyandotte, Black Spanish, Golden Seabright, Silver Seabright, Partridge Rock, Silver Penciled Rock.

Second Specialty Hatch of 2011

April 18th, 2011

Hi folks,

Another batch of specialty breeds hatched this morning.

Most are special orders but we did hatch extra chicks! ¬†Here’s a list of what’s available. ¬†Please remember that we are unable to sex these breeds – it’s all straightrun, both males and females.

Rhode Island Reds

Plymouth Barred Rock

White or Black Silkies

Light Brahmas

Golden Campines

White Crested Black Polish

Blue Polish

Just give us a call if you are interested.

Beginnings

March 15th, 2011

In 2010, Asagi Hatchery turned 50.

But our family’s business and it’s relationship with chickens began twenty five years earlier, around 1935 with a small chicken and egg farm. ¬†And we wonder, maybe even way before that.

This has got us thinking about beginnings.  About how this all started, this relationship between humans and chickens.

No one alive knows exactly what happen that very first time that a human hatched a chicken’s egg.

All we can do is imagine.

We can wonder.

We can ask that very first person:  Were you foraging for wild garlic greens or dandelions?  Did you look up at the quickly darkening sky and decide to gather more?  Were you on your way to the creek, anticipating that first drink of sweet cold water before filling a gourd for your children or elderly mother?  When you came upon the nest, did you wait in the tall grass to see if the bird it belonged to would return?

In the nest of nine eggs was one already hatched?  Did the distressed peeping of something so small cause you to move from your hiding spot?  Were you amazed by its fragile softness?  What did it do to your heart when it fell asleep in your hand?  How did the warmth of the unhatched eggs feel?  Did you pick one up and could you feel it moving?  Could you hear the faint cheeping of the chicks trying to hatch?  Could you see their tiny beaks poking through a tiny hole in the speckled shell?

As you ran home in the storm – eggs, chick gently rolled up in the nest and tucked under your arm ‚Äď what were you hoping for?

As you lay in your dwelling that evening as the storm raged outside, did you stay awake watching the chicks hatch one by one as the wet nest of green grass slowly dried near your fire?

And we can ask you too, fellow chicken keeper – how did your relationship with chickens begin?

Cool News about Fellow Chicken Lovers in Texas

September 12th, 2010
We love to follow the news around the world about the growing movement of backyard flockers.  It is especially nice to read the pure love that comes forth when people talk about their chickens.  Palpable.  You just know that the person had tears in their eyes when trying to communicate to the reporter the indescribable joy that is felt at the end of a stressful day when you get to hang out and watch your chickens.
Enjoy and feel the communion.
We are definitely not alone.

Organic feed sale, new supplies and social media

August 19th, 2010

Hi folks,

Hope everyone is enjoying the tail end of summer.  Here are a few updates for you.

SALE

We have an organic feed sale going on till we run out of stock Р$30 for organic layer feed and $35 for organic starter feed.  These are fifty pound bags.  Sale lasts till we run out of stock.

NEW SUPPLIES

We got Poultry Protector in. ¬†It’s a big helper if you are unfortunate to be going through a mite problem ordeal. ¬†Usually this only happens if your chickens are in contact a lot with wild birds. ¬†Mites are not a natural fact of life for most chickens and should be treated. ¬†It’s similar to lice on humans. ¬†It can lower your bird’s immune system and affect their quality of life and egg production too. ¬†Poultry Protector is a safe and natural spray for areas, house, bedding and on chickens themselves. ¬†It gets rid of eggs, larvae and adult mites and lice. ¬†Weekly use is recommended until problem is gone. ¬†Also protecting your bird’s house and bedding from visitations by wild birds is a good way to prevent.

By popular demand we brought in a few automatic waterers too.

A small one: the Biddie Automatic Waterer that needs to be hooked up to a pressure reducer before connecting to your water source.  This can be a pretty helpful thing to have especially if you live in a drier area and during the scorching summer months.

Chickens need a LOT of water. ¬†It’s amazing how much water a chicken will drink per day. ¬†So if you are away at work and have not found a good water set up for yourself, you might want to think about something like this.

Here’s another one.

A larger trough set-up that can hook up directly to a garden hose. Longer so more chickens can take a drink at the same time.  Good for a flock. This one does not need to be hooked up to a water pressure gauge thingo.  Little more expensive though Рbecause of the size.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We’re on Facebook and Twitter now too in case you are too and want to follow:¬†Facebook Twitter

You know us, hardly have time to keep up this blog! ¬†But we try ūüôā