Weekend Warriors – First half of December 2017

It seems like the holiday season is in full swing around here- which leaves me very little time for writing at the moment. We’ve decorated the Gillis Fuel office for the town’s contest. We got our tree and decorated the homestead for our own pleasure. MrGillis and I are planning the big family gathering and…

Weekend Warriors- The Sum of November 2017

Wow. I cannot believe how fast this month has gone by. We have been so super busy, trying to get together everything before snow starts to fly, that I don’t even really have any pictures to put up. First, we’ve finished the shed addition as much as we can for now – we still have…

Meet & Greet November 25th

Before winter really hits (hopefully) we’d like to invite people to come meet our Alpacas, Chickens and Bunny. So November 25th, from 9am to 3pm we’ll be at our farm, ready to answer question, introduce animals and bring a nice end to the season. This event is weather permitting, as everything is outside. If we…

The Chicken Profiler – Delawares

  Welcome to our latest installment of The Chicken Profiler Series – Today we’ll be talking about the Delaware! Ethel was one of three delaware female chicks, running around their box. They were all a week or so older then the other girls we were buying, and I felt bad that we couldn’t take all…

Scrambled & Herbed Eggs for Molting Chickens

Chickens go thru a process every year called molting- this is when they lose all their old raggedy looking feathers and new ones grow back in. This is a natural, good process that happens in healthy adult birds, every year. Every chicken goes thru their own individual molting pattern. It is all very awkward looking….

The Chicken Profiler – Amercuanas

Here is the fourth installment to our Chicken Profiler series. So here is the dilly on this breed- these are Not Araucanas,¬†which are Chilean chickens with ear tufts… these are Not Easter Eggers, which are the colored egg laying mutts of the chicken relm. (also, these are both beautiful breeds in the own rights… it’s…

My Chicken Kit – First Aid For The Birds

We live in a pretty remote area. Its quicker to list the things we DO have, that’s how remote…. a bank, a grocery store, two gas stations, one of which is the only local restaurant, a non emergency health clinic and a post office. None of which help when you have an injured animal. When…

The Chicken Profiler-Black Australorps

For part three of my Chicken Profiler Series, I am going to talk about the Australorp. We had two of these black beauties in our original flock of 8, and we named them Astrid and Na (short for Not Astrid). Australorp chickens come in one recognized color in America, ¬†black- but it is a deep…

The Chicken Profiler- Silver Laced Wyandottes.

This is part one in a rather long series- one I’ve been cooking up in my head for a few months. It’s well known by us chicken owners that all chickens have different personalities. They all have differing levels of intelligence, aggressiveness, hardiness, and sass. So in celebration of that, I decided to write up…

The Great Chick Transition

So, the time has come- We have put the newest members of our flock outside, full time. In order to facilitate this in the least stressful manner, we have built them their own separate mini coop and divided the fence so the big girls can get used to them. MrGillis built this coop for under…

How to raise friendly chickens

Here at Gillis Gardens, we believe in happy, friendly animals. We believe that, with the right care any animal can become easy to handle and some even enjoy it. So here are my top 5 tips to creating an unbreakable bond with your flock. Seriously, start young- This is the big one. Just as soon…