The chicks are here!

After a long couple of days- we are proud to announce the arrival of 11 new family members!

It was originally supposed to be 15- but our Brahmas were canceled…. then it was supposed to be 13 but the trip was to much for one little polish and one little salmon faverolle. Hoovers Hatchery has been informed and we will be getting refunded.

Also, Because the FedEx plane was late, our girls missed their ride to town by 30 minutes. So MrGillis went on a rescue mission, 170 miles round trip,to ensure they’d get to us in time.


We’re really hoping for no roos, but we’re just glad that we only lost two. So far, Hoovers Hatchery has our business for the future.

Otherwise, we are knee deep in projects because spring in Maine. It goes by fast, which means work while you can.

So, until next time, have a wicked good day.

Update 05/05/2017: we lost the other faverolle overnight- we are now worried that our chicks are infected with coccidiosis – nasty little buggers that are really in all chickens, but some are particularly bad and the little ones can’t fight them off. We now believe that was the reason for the polish’s death, as well instead of just a rough trip.

So far it seems like all the other chicks are doing well, they are eating, drinking, running and napping like normal. We’ve had one tiny case of pasty butt that was taken care of this morning.

We’ve decided that if we notice anymore looking weak we are going to make the 80 mile round trip to the nearest TSC to get Corid. We will update when we have more news.


Published by gillisgardensllc

This is the official website for Gillis Gardens, LLC. Gillis Gardens is a farm, run by myself and my wonderful husband. We believe in biodiversity, organic growing methods and doing things ourselves. I knit, crochet, make jewelry and sew. MrGillis builds, doing everything from our plumbing to our mechanical to our renovations. We are both active members of our little community. We both take care of the plants and animals. He weeds, I harvest. He spreads manure, I plant. We raise multiple breeds of chickens for eggs and meat. We have a herd of Alpacas that we shear every year for their beautiful fiber, which we then have milled into ultra luxurious yarn. We make our own maple syrup, preserves and pickles. We raise bees for honey and herbs for medicine. We also raise pigs for meat and fun. We are the parents of two young children, and consider that our most important job. Follow our adventures here and also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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