Pastured Poultry 2016

For the last several years we’ve been raising chickens for meat and eggs.

Over the years we’ve had an assortment of breeds of egg laying chickens but tend to favor the dual purpose birds such as Buff Orpington or White Rock. These birds are a nice sturdy bird, that often go broody and also […]

August 2015 Updates

Hello Faithful Readers!

It has been nearly six months since I shared anything here or on my Facebook page. As usual, it has been a busy time. đŸ™‚ I thought I’d pop in very quickly and share the latest news.

We’ve been working on the cabin. You can expect that any time I pop in […]

The Winds of Change

Hello, Dear Readers,

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Last week I worked in Oregon (the photo above is of Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge). While I was there I came to the realization that I am spread too thin. This thought was nothing new. For […]

2 Acre Homestead June 2014

2 Acre Homestead June 2014

June was all about baby poultry. The chickens and ducks that were born in May are growing up fast and any day now will be put in the big house with the full grown birds.

  Early in June our broody hen had her chicks. She actually hatched all six eggs she was setting […]

2 Acre Homestead May 2014

2 Acre Homestead May 2014

Spring took a long time getting here this year! We even had a snow storm on Mother’s Day. Lots of fun things happening on our place. Kiki put the incubator to work to get us some ducks and chickens. Unfortunately, we didn’t have very good hatching and ended up with only 2 ducks and 3 […]

Thai Duck Salad

Thai Duck Salad


Our first poultry raising experience started with six chicks when we lived in Oregon. The house that we bought had a chicken coop so when spring arrived we went down to the feed store and came home with an assortment of six little fluff balls.

They were a few days old were quite […]

Spring Cleaning and Decluttering

It’s hard to believe that just five years ago we lived in a 23 foot tow behind camp trailer. The bulk of what we owned was contained within the camp trailer with a few straggling totes setting underneath and the ‘big’ stuff stored in a 10 x 12 rental unit. When we […]

Menu Week of March 9

Homespun Oasis Menu Week of March 30

How are you doing with the time change? Springing forward an hour doesn’t seem like it should be a big deal but in some ways it is. We were starting to enjoy daylight coming earlier and doing morning chores in the light. This week Joe is working an earlier shift due to spring break for […]

Feeding Animals Part 2

This post was originally shared on my short lived homesteading blog in August of 2013 before I decided to move everything to this one blog— which is more than enough for me to keep up with! Growing all or part of our own animal/livestock feed is important to us and something we will […]

Feeding Animals

This post originally appeared on my short lived homesteading blog in the summer of 2013. I’m bringing several of the posts from there over to this blog.


Something that we’re experimenting with is animal feed. When we first started raising chickens about seven years ago we didn’t know that there were any […]

How We Got Here- Part 2

Make 2014 Awesome!

Be sure to read How We Got Here- Part 1

The summer of 2010 was a pivotal year for us. That year we embarked on raising our own chickens for meat. After watching the movie Food, Inc (that’s an affiliate link) over the winter we knew that we did not want to support the […]

2014 Homestead Projects

Kalena the Dwarf Nigerian Goat

In this post I want to share a few of the things we’ll be working on here on our two acres and also on our new 20 acres.

The 20 acres is pretty much bare ground (we built a small shack to camp in when we go up) so the project list is very […]

Make 2014 Awesome

Make 2014 Awesome!

Have you started your list of New Year’s Resolutions? I’ve only made my list once or twice (many years ago) and to be honest, that list didn’t exist after the first week of January.

For the past several years, instead of resolutions I make goals.

What’s the difference between a resolution and a goal?


Raising Food for Winter: Challenges and How Much do We Need?

This post was originally on my short lived homesteading blog. I’ve updated it with current information after the last gardening season. Gardening is still a challenge but each year gets a little bit better. This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Real Food for Less Money with your purchases.