Devontre Troy has taken his love of animals and is using it to educate people through his YouTube channel, which showcases the work he does on his micro-farming operation, Birds and Bees Farms.
Troy said his interest in animals started early on with his participation in the Ennis FFA program. Being involved with animals will take up “a lot of time but it gives so much more in return,” he said.
“Usually, it starts with one chicken and then you fall in love with that chicken,” he said. “You end up getting two or three. Then you end up going to Tractor Supply and getting a lot of chickens. One day you realize there is way more than what you originally thought.
“They all come in different colors, varieties, have different personalities and attitudes,” he said. “Some of them like to fly around – and some of them like to hang out and just chill.”
Birds and Bees Farms’ focus is on the rarer and fancier chicken breeds like the Serama, which is a bantam breed originally from Malaysia. While Birds and Bees does sell eggs, the sales are primary geared toward people who want to breed chickens.
“We have different colored eggs like dark chocolate brown eggs, green, blue, and white eggs that are different sized eggs,” he said. “So, it generally depends on what people are wanting and we try to provide them with the best quality birds that we can.
“We have a strict quality process so that way, when we sell something to somebody, they are getting the best bird that we can provide to them,” he said. “We don’t want to sell something that a person is going to have problems with later on. We want them to have the most amazing birds.”
Along with chickens, Birds and Bees Farms raises and breeds Nigeran dwarf goats whose milk is used to create cheese that Troy’s family consumes. He is looking into making soaps with the milk in the future. The farm also raises Kunekune pigs and fish and has beehives for honey production.
“Beekeeping is something that we do weekly by checking the beehives, and seasonally you’re extracting the honey,” he said. “You’re adding frames, and you’re taking frames away. It is more of a management process. What we do is that we are working with nature rather than trying to work against it. So, we are trying to give everything [the bees] need or want.
“We lost four (hives) last year, so this year we are trying to recuperate and rebuild to have more hives so we can have more honey again,” he said.
The variety of honey the farm produces depends on the season, what local farmers are producing and what wildflowers are in bloom, he said, noting that in the early spring the bees produce a brightly colored honey, while in the summer it is more of a darker color.
Troy’s videos, which are posted on the farm’s social media pages, show the micro-farming operation’s daily operations and also educate people on how to care for animals.
“We document some of the stuff that we do here, and we also try to educate with some of the videos such as teaching people how to candle eggs or answering any questions that people might have whether it is a visual demonstration of how to do it or it is me explaining it to them how to do it,” Troy said. “The more knowledge that a person has the better off they are going to be.”
For more information, visit Birds and Bees Farms’ Facebook, YouTube, or TikTok pages. Questions can be made in the comments section or sent as a direct message. Or, visit the website at https://www.bestprosintown.com/tx/waxahachie/birds-and-bees-farms-/.