The Chicken Profiler – Speckled Sussex

Xena and Penelope were very cool chickens. Xena was a complete lap chicken. She hopped the fence every day from the first spring melts to the first blizzard. She’d spend her days scratching in the yard, happy to be picked up and carried around. They say not to have favorites in your hen house- andContinue reading “The Chicken Profiler – Speckled Sussex”

Chicken Keeping- Deep Litter Method

I can’t believe it- but as of this spring I’ve been keeping chickens for eggs for 8 years! Living in Maine, I’ve discussed keeping chickens in extreme temperatures and weather conditions, like winds so fierce they blow your coop over. Three separate times. Since the beginning, we’ve used Deep Litter Method for our henhouse. AndContinue reading “Chicken Keeping- Deep Litter Method”

My Homestead: Why We Are Discussing Ducks

We have been toying with the possibly of ducks joining our homestead- it’s always been a thing we briefly talk about, every year standing over the little quackers in the farm stores. This year the discussion has been popping up more frequently with us leaning more and more towards yes. Here are my reasons whyContinue reading “My Homestead: Why We Are Discussing Ducks”

My Homestead: Should I Invest in Incubation?

A comprehensive Pro vs Con list of whether or not incubating eggs is right for our homestead.

Weekend Warriors- The Month Of March

Its been a fairly crazy month here on the Gillis Homestead- We’ve been boiling down sap into syrup all month. But the temps are rising and with rain in the forecast instead of snow (FINALLYTHANKGOD) its probably coming towards  a swift end. We’re happy with the amount we’ve produced tho. Even tho we lost atContinue reading “Weekend Warriors- The Month Of March”

Deviled Eggs Ala Gillis – So Baconated.

  At Gillis Gardens, we almost always have an abundance of eggs. Even after losing 2/3 of our flock earlier this year, we still get about 2 and a half dozen eggs every week. This means, have a family reunion? We bring eggs. In the past, we’ve always brought a jar of our (locally famous)Continue reading “Deviled Eggs Ala Gillis – So Baconated.”