The Cost of Raising Chickens For Meat

This was a summer of firsts- and one of the most important ones was our first time raising our own chickens for meat. We went big, raising enough for not just our expanding family for a whole year, but also raising a years worth for my parents. We are very excited about how the whole…

Protecting your Chickens from Heat Stress

I’m an extremely inactive member of a lot of homesteading related forums & social media groups. I lurk, some might say, rarely posting anything more then comments offering bits of my limited wisdoms. One thing I see people posting a lot of is heat related ills and woes. Especially this last summer with record breaking…

Raising Meat Chickens- Lessons Learned

We are less then 24 hours away from sending our first batch of birds to the butcher and I’ve had some time to reflect. This was our first year raising our own meat- we tend to never do anything halfheartedly so we started out big by raising 120+ meat Cornish Rock Crosses and 4 pigs….

Open Farm Day – July 28th 2018

The last weekend of July, we’d like to invite you all to come visit our farm! On Saturday, July 28th from 8am to 6pm, come on down to Gillis Gardens off of Maple St in Danforth. This is the same weekend as the Annual Summerfest, so there is going to be a whole lot going…

How We Are Raising Our Meat Chicks – The First Two Weeks.

I recently published a blog about why we are raising meat chickens this year- now I am here to outline how ridiculously easy it has been to raise them, so far (knock on wood). Meat chickens are not unlike regular chickens, really. They need some basic essentials to start life out on the right foot….

Why We Are Raising Meat Chickens

We’ve been dipping our toes into the waters of homesteading for about 8 years now. Our journey really began about 10 years ago after watching some very eye opening tv shows and documentaries about the food industry, specifically the horrific conditions under which most of our food supply is produced. It all started with a…

2018 Goals – So much to do and already a month in.

Happy February! It’s always been one of my traditions to sit down and write out what we’d like to accomplish, both personally and professionally for the incoming year. I’ve had my handmade list up since the beginning, but I am NOW just able to sit down and throw it on here. And as always, the…

Weekend Warriors- End of 2017, Start of 2018.

(I realize its been over a month since I’ve published a blog. I have a ton of ideas and some actual works in progress, but we’ve been slammed busy for the last month.)   Can I get a big YEA for the HOLIDAYS?! (only about a month late, eh) Ok, so really, I am so…

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…