About White House Stables

Fast Horses - Slow Food. Farmer with a passion for breeding fast thoroughbred horses, jersey cows, rare breed pigs and heritage chickens. Trying to take care of the environment and soils to ensure my children and grandkids have a habitable planet.

LAST DAY OF SUMMER?

Clucky hens

Success! Our broody stable has been hatching chicks from our colourful flock. We hope our system will keep them safe from predators, the girls are great mothers. Anyone wanting chicks with built in caretaker mums get in touch, we are happy to home chicks in this natural way.

Apple harvest is underway, we have a great crop that is starting to get harvested, Apples from trees that have never sprayed, proof that nature always balances, one year winter caterpillars decimated the trees the next year a bumper crop. Vital to this farms survival and success is

“Not putting all our eggs in one basket!”

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Late August

As the summer wanes, though with the heat you wouldn’t know it, a quick reminder that We will be closed for the Labour Day Weekend, on Saturday September 3rd.

Our turkeys are growing fast out in the back pasture, with apples and blackberries and the odd monster zucchini! keeping them happy. We are taking orders for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The longest wait time we have yet experienced since 2020 came to a close when we received Dura carts and large slow feeder mangershttps://highcountryplastics.com/collections/feeders-mounting-hardware/products/sfs-slow-feeder-saver from a US company called High Country Plastics,

We are very happy to have these useful tools available, especially as hay prices have stayed so so high. No one needs to see hay wasted, these new feeders compliment our slow feeder hay nets from Knaughty Nets https://www.knaughtynetsandpets.com/and round bale feeders for those on giant round bales.

Summer

We unloaded a hay truck of Timothy and Alfalfa at the start of this hot week, bringing back memories of a year ago, though what a difference 6-8 degrees makes, Hot but workable

Since Buckerfields lost the Pro Form feed distributorship, after the chain changed ownership, White House Stables farm has been enjoying welcoming back old customers and meeting new ones. We have been a distributor since we opened in 1994 and continue to value the great feeds made in Chilliwack including the fantastically digestible extruded feeds, filled with the good for our horses, omega 3 fat sources, not the hydrogenated vegetable fats that has to be used in pelleted feeds

We are closed this coming BC Day long weekend to enjoy some family time, but you still have until Friday at 5 pm to stock up, We re open on Wednesday August 3rd at 10.30 am.

ACCOMODATING CHANGES in feed availability

SALE on the Step and Natural Harvest lines of Pro Form feeds

SAVE $1.50 off a bag until the end of June.

We appreciate that life’s tough enough, without adding unexpected supply issues. To accommodate the peninsula poultry and horse folk who, like us, value the quality feeds from Pro Form, we will be providing a temporary extra service.

For the next couple of weeks we will be checking phone messages and e mails, mornings and evenings on days we are closed, so we can put feed out in our pick up shelter. Call 250 656 8701 and leave a message or e mail whitehousestables@telus.net.

If you need Step feeds and or the Natural Harvest line of Non GMO poultry feeds outside of our opening hours, we will do our best to make sure the animals in our lives don’t have to adjust!

We are here to help.

Summer? Changes are happening here, and not just climate changes

What a crazy spring in so many ways. But we continue to “work with it”

Avian Flu has us all protecting our flocks in the best ways we can, changing how we do everything. see picture for how much grass they consume, before we move the cages.

Our thanksgiving turkeys arrive as day old chicks next week, and will start out inside, but hopefully ,will be able to graduate to grass fields if the Avian flu disappears with the end of bird migrations. Covid taught us to be super flexible to change, we will apply that lesson as needed to our birds.

We are doing more, as our wonderful hard working young men go out into their world, Brayden to a possible exciting career, after slogging here in all weathers for almost 5 years and Kash graduates and is heading out East in July. The bees are working hard too

We changed our days and hours of opening in May, we like the new regime and hope you do to.

We loaded more hay in the barn, so thankful to have such great suppliers, and therefore not needing to be as restrictive to our customers, whilst we wait for a 2022 hay crop.

We are bringing in MORE Pro Form feeds, in particular the Step Horse feeds and the Natural Harvest range of Non GMO poultry feeds, as the Saanich Peninsula steps back to the way things were, when we opened our doors almost 30 years ago. At that time we were the sole supplier of Pro Form and we are still here, filling that role again, as things change around us. We did so because we believe in the quality of the product.

For eg. as we all know, a bag of dog food can range in price from $20 – to more then $100 a bag, depending on the quality of inputs.

Cheaper inputs = less digestibility, so you feed more and get more out at the other end to clean up after!

The same applies to all the feeds we give our animals. We expect a lot of, either horses in performance and growth, OR the farm animals.We believe we are what we eat, so prefer to avoid having things like colour dyes in our chicken food to get strong coloured yolks. The colour can and does, in Pro Form feeds, come from the feed itself, not a chemical dye added.
the same can be applied to all the other sources of inputs that make up the animal feed industry.

Great NEW hours for the farm shop as of May 2nd 2022

NOW open 4 days a week, Wednesday through Saturday.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10.30 – 5

SATURDAY 9 – 5.. Early opening

Closed Sundays through Tuesdays.

BABY DUCKS ARRIVING NOW

We will see how these new hours work for everyone, feedback is welcome.

Hoping to make life work for all, whilst coping with staff changes and making time in our lives for our family.

Watch for upcoming feed specials to help us all with the rising costs of our beloved animals

We plan on closing Saturdays on all long weekends.

Smiling in the Spring

Sunshine gives us all a smiling face

Spring Flowers make me smile

With the arrival of light nights and April I am running my first Chicken workshop in 3 years!

Contact me for details.

We are continuing to work hard to provide all the small farmers and gardeners with what they need , sometimes having to be extremely patient whilst supplies wend their way to the Island.

We are thankful to the suppliers that we have built relationships up with over the years as they try so hard for us.

Our Chickens and cows are thriving as are the plants on the farm. We are constantly adding to the diversity and resilience of the land and soil, to make sure a food supply is possible even if inputs dry up… what a fascinating world we are journeying in.

Work with it, has become my motto

A NEW YEAR to look forward to and lets laugh at last year

As January flies by, and the snow disappeared, the farm is awakening, mainly good stuff, but how invasive are Blackberries?? I am shocked by the growth over winter and now they are busy running! across the garden and orchard, so busy digging them out whilst the ground is still so wet.

Our chickens love the lengthening daylight and are in full production, we are opening up selected garden areas for them to scratch and eat in. We spend a lot of time ensuring the birds have rotational pasture areas, to keep the egg quality up.

We saw massive disruptions in the bagged feed supply at the start of the year and are thankful that if no feed got through, all the animals on this farm can survive healthily on what nature supplies alongside the hay supply, which, touchwood is still ok!

Imagine how feed disruption would affect those huge commercial farms,that lets face it supply the majority of the population with eggs and meat, no food arriving, would quickly cause massive death

We unloaded another load of alfalfa and timothy late last week and are waiting to see the hay test results. Our straw supply though has dried up, so for now rely on the bagged straw we have.

One thing is certain in 2022, I won’t take anything for granted, the way we have been used to.

I will thank everyone who interacts in our lives, for working hard to be there at the store, gas station, truckers, farmers, feed mills, vets, ferry workers and teachers, we now know, not to take ANYTHING for granted. Maybe it will lead to a kinder and more compassionate society? That said, I will drop off more eggs at The Sidney Food bank again this week.

GOODBYE 2021

As this year nears the end, with dark wet nights, I am looking forward to getting beyond the shortest day on Dec 21st. The chickens are very receptive to the daylight increase, and start laying more quite soon after that point in time. I love how this photo captures not only the colour mix but the size mix that occurs with our gorgeous flock of birds.

We will be closed, phones turned off and emails ignored! from 1pm on Friday Dec 24th until 10.30am on Sunday Jan 2nd to spend time with our kids and Iris, our grand daughter, definitely the bright light of 2021.

To perhaps make life easier for our customers, we will add a day, opening on Thursday Dec 23rd from 10.30 – 4.30.

Please stay safe everyone, we are continuing to operate outside as much as possible, masks mandatory and with e transfer the best way to avoid covid transfer!, though we do take all methods of payment!

We have great stock of most things, as ready as possible for whatever the world throws at us next. We certainly feel blessed to live on the Saanich peninsula, where we seem to have dodged a lot of issues that others in BC have had to deal with.

Best wishes from all of us at White House Stables for the Christmas break and New Year