Skin N' Fluff Farm

American Paint Silkies & Showgirls

What’s Old Is New

While Skin N’ Fluff Farm primarily focuses on our animals, we also have other interests. One of those interests is restoring old tools and equipment for use here on our farm. Well we have been in need of a second small push mower to use on other areas of the farm. I looked at the cheap-o mowers at our local Wal-mart and seen they  start out at $144.97. Looking at the quality of it I decided it was just too much money to spend on a mower that the deck would not last  on. Now seeing I can buy a brand new engine for $99.99 all I need to do is spend less than $45 on a deck. Searching on the local craigslist I located just what we needed. A 1970’s cast aluminum mower with a bad engine. For $20 it was well worth fixing up. After completely stripping it down and cleaning it, I painted everything up. Now I have finished restoring the deck all that is left is to go buy the engine for it. Well here is how it turned out.

The bad engine that was on it  was a Briggs dated 1972. The deck is called a Laddie 21 and cast aluminum.  The original tires that are on it are Firestone and mounted on aluminum wheels.


For Sale – Paint Silkie Rooster

We have this Paint Silkie Rooster up for grabs. He is breed from Judy Lee lines. About one year old. He has been conditioned to be shown, but with the Indiana show ban he wont be used. (NOTE – The wind was blowing pretty good in the photos. This is the reason he has rockstar hair in the photos.) Price is $50. SOLD

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Indiana Limits Bird Movements to Protect Against Avian Influenza



INDIANAPOLIS (27 May 2015)—To protect Indiana’s poultry from potential exposure to H5 avian influenza virus, the members of the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) have ceased all bird movements to events in the state that allow commingling of birds from different locations. This includes shows, exhibitions and public sales (such as flea markets, swap meets, sale barns). This prohibition will stand until further notice, likely through the end of 2015.

The action does not apply to private sales between individuals.

“This was not a decision made lightly,” said Indiana State Veterinarian Bret D. Marsh, DVM. “The spread of the H5 viruses has been unprecedented, and our goal is to protect the health of small, backyard poultry flocks as much as our commercial industry from this disease.”

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), while deadly to domestic poultry, does not present a food safety threat. Further, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has stated the virus poses little risk to human health.

Sixteen states, primarily in the Upper Midwest, have had diagnosed cases of HPAI, resulting in the deaths of more than 40 million birds. Indiana had a single, backyard flock diagnosed earlier this month.

Dr. Marsh explained that BOAH plans to open a public comment opportunity in June to receive input from poultry owners and others about strategies to reopen public shows and sales. “We are looking for ways to restore our public bird events in a way that will reduce or eliminate opportunities for disease to spread and threaten backyard flocks statewide.

Poultry owners who notice illness in their birds consistent with avian influenza are encouraged to call the Healthy Birds Hotline at 866-536-7593 to speak with a state or federal veterinarian.

Hoosiers who notice five or more dead feeder-type wild birds should contact the Indiana Department of Natural Resources at 812-334-1137.

More information about Indiana’s response to HPAI is online at: .

CONTACT: Denise Derrer: 317-544-2414; email:


Well the NPIP testing school was today. Paul and Connie both passed their tests and are now Indiana Certified NPIP Agents (NPIP Blood Testers). Paul at only 10 years old is the youngest NPIP blood tester in the state! Possibly the youngest tester in the country but sadly there  is no way to actually verify this. So this means we have 3 NPIP testers here on our farm. The pride level here on our farm is through the roof right now!

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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Well the rain has been falling in buckets over the past 2 days. There was a break in the rain so we decided to go snap some pictures. Our creek is normally completely dry, but after heavy rains it will trickle a little. This is the first time I have ever seen this much water flowing through.

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Kentuckiana Poultry Show 2014

Here are the pictures we took at the Kentuckiana Poultry Show on October 25, 2014.

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