Meat Chickens – Our Costs
Chicken comes from the store, all neatly wrapped in plastic, just waiting for you to come by and put it in your cart...right? That is what a lot of people think, or at least want to think. Part of our goal in moving to our homestead was to raise our own healthy meats....
How hard are goats to raise?
So you think you want goats for your homestead huh? I'm sure you've heard all the horror stories and all the advice on why you wouldn't want goats. Things like, they eat EVERYTHING, they are hard to handle, high maintenance, and that there is no fence that will...
Recipe – Country Salsa
The temperature is getting hot down here in Texas, Y'all know what that means? Summer, tomatoes, and salsa that's hotter than the Texas summer heat! Our tomato plants have been giving us an abundance lately so what else would you do than make salsa? We didn't have a...
There’s a SNAKE in my coop!
The misadventures of finding a HUGE (Yuge, even) snake in our chicken coopread more
Raising Chicks: Our experience
One day in November 2016, we got a box of happiness at our post office...16 fluffy day old baby chicks! Our first venture at raising livestock. The books/websites had been read, our homemade brooder box was ready, and we had a bunch of excited children! Chicks aren't...read more
Automatic Poultry Watering System Tour
We recently constructed our rain barrel and automatic chicken watering system to create a sustainable water supply for our chicken coop and feed preparation area. We invested a good day's worth of work putting together the rain barrel itself, plus the stand, gutter...read more
Gravity-Fed Chicken Watering System
When we first decided to repurpose the greenhouse building into a chicken coop, the ability to have running water in the coop area wasn't really taken into consideration. Since then, the biggest hurdle to providing our chickens with fresh water is the fact that our...read more
Building Our Chicken Run
We started raising chickens late last year as our first foray into keeping any kind of livestock. They say chickens are a gateway animal and we can attest to the accuracy of this statement. We started off a small flock and, wouldn't you know it, chicken math took...read more
The Last Few Months
We've had a busy few months here on the homestead. And, while I haven't been keeping up with our videos, we're always doing something around the property. Everyday there's something to do around here. It's not always a huge project, but there's something to do. Most...read more
January 2017 update!
So, we haven't updated in awhile. Life while trying to start a homestead has been exceptionally busy! We have been working non-stop to get our chicken coop fully finished (adding a permanent run), planning a small garden for this year, building up compost, and...read more
Hugelkultur! A german word pronounced "Hoo-gul-culture", means hill culture or hill mound. It's something that I have learned through my permaculture studying and we'll be applying to our gardening this year. It's a pretty simple technique that will bring years of...read more
Clearing The Land: Making Way for Our Future
Sitting on our back porch enjoying the land surrounding our home has been such a blessing. Over the last few weeks we've been busy in and around the house, getting the renovation work finished and the children back on their studies. Most of our work inside the house...read more