how to raise meat chickens raising broilers homesteading

*Note- I wrote this post a year ago in June of 2017.  It’s an overall comprehensive post on raising meat chickens.  My new chicks for 2018 will be arriving this week, so I plan on blogging about it step by step to really give you an in depth look at how we do it! Have you ever thought about raising your own meat chickens?  I’m here today to give you the lowdown and my personal experiences, both good and bad! How to Raise Your Own Meat Chickens I raised my first batch of meat chickensREAD MORE

down on the farm

Hey Everybody! Well, it was a busy weekend here at the Donley farm! On Friday I took advantage of the beautiful, if not WINDY, weather (It gusted up to 57 mph!!!) and planted my strawberries.  It felt so GOOD to get some dirt under my fingernails!  (And all my fellow gardeners said, “Amen!”).  I plan on posting about that soon (I used a different method of planting them than I have in the past) if all goes well.  #gardeningisagamble On Saturday, I baked lots of bread and rolls (using this recipe) so that we couldREAD MORE

down on the farm

Hey! I thought I’d do a little update about what’s been going on down here on the farm!  It’s been busy, busy and spring is maybe finally in the air?? Our Charolais heifer herd starting calving a couple weeks ago!  Woo-hoo!  We were nervous about this, but so far, so good.  All calves look good and healthy and the mamas seem to be taking to their job.  Watching new calves is one of the best things ever 🙂 Also on the Charolais front, Jeff has been working his tail off installing water lines in thatREAD MORE

pros and cons of free range chickens

Pros and Cons of Free Range Chickens Raising your own chickens for eggs and meat is one of the first steps for your new homestead, right?  I call chickens the gateway drug!  Trust me, you start with chickens, then you move on to goats, then pigs, then cows, then who knows what else…. and your husband and kids are like “Please stop!  We don’t want anymore chores!”  Seriously, this has NOT happened in my life- ha! I’m here to give you the lowdown on all things chicken, but since I could probably right an entireREAD MORE

small dog

Today, I’m going to a just give you a random post about a little bit of “everything else” that’s been going on around here!  July, August and September threw for a bit of a loop and I’ve had a hard time sitting in front of the computer to blog about it.  It was a good loop, mind you 😉 1  Tent camping over Labor Day Jeff’s family has camped in Noel, Missouri over Labor Day for decades, literally.  It’s a large family affair involving distant cousins, great aunts, etc.  Anyway, we have a great time,READ MORE

fair ribbons

Our county fair has come and gone.  Lessons were learned, tears were shed, sleep was lost, awards were won, and fun was had. I grew up always going to the Cowley County Fair.  I helped my grandma run the open class art department and always entered baking and art.  The carnival rides and grandstand events were a huge hit and, as I got older, I loved running around the fairgrounds with my friends. When most people think of the county fair, usually 4H comes to mind.  Well, I was only in 4H for one yearREAD MORE