This journey started a few years ago when we discovered Minimalism ! We started working on downsizing what we own – and we are still working on that (hubby is not quite on board fully!).
Then, in December of 2014 we discovered essential oils – I know, where have WE been?? Our lives changed drastically and we suddenly had a new desire for more healthy alternatives for not only our wellness, but also our eating habits and where we got our food! Since we were renters then, all we could do was try to buy local produce and our dear friends, Kim and Jeff, gave us fresh eggs – lots of them !
When we moved into the home we now own, we decided that it would be fun – and more economical and eco-friendly, to get our own chickens for fresh eggs (just think of all those foam eggs cartons we are saving from the dump!!)
Meet Mike, our “farm dog”! He is really just a spoiled furry kid, but don’t tell him that! He thinks the chickens are his to take care of and loves hunting crickets with them!
When Mike was almost a year old, his mom and dad (my daughter’s dogs) decided to have more “kids”! So….in July of 2017 Mike got 6 more siblings, and we brought two of them home! Meet Juan Carlos (we call him Carlos) and Bella!!
Now, we certainly can’t leave out Molly!!! Molly is an awesome cat, our first pet in our homestead (that’s how Mike got his name…Mike and Molly – get it ? We adopted Molly from our local animal shelter when she was a year and a half old. She had been an “owner turn in” – I can’t imagine anyone not wanting her! Molly is a couple month away from being three years old now and we love her dearly!!! The dogs really love her too!
When we started our chicken journey we had 6 chickens – 1 Delaware – Della, 3 White Leghorns (Holly 1, 2, and 3 – we got them from our dear friend Holly), and 2 Welsummers – Brownie and Broody !
We started with a small, and very cute, chicken coop – the specs said it would house 8 chickens, but I thought the 6 of them were a little crowded, so we bought a dog pen and shade cover for the tops, so they would have a little more room to roam! Once we have our own acreage we will definitely be expanding!
**Update – We have expanded and can’t wait to expand even more in a few years when we have our own property! For now, this will have to do !!! We now have 13 chickens, 5 laying hens and 8 that should start laying any time now!
**In September of 2018 we had to temporarily become non-chicken “parents”, you can read all about that story here.