• Chooks,  Fauna

    A Fix for a Coop

    Awake or asleep, chickens are messy. Messy chickens are good if they spread that rich soil repairer throughout the yard. Chickens that are sleeping can be good too, if that mess is being made on straw or the like that becomes compost…not so good if said chickens decide to sleep in their nesting boxes! No one likes a messy egg, and we were getting far too many. The chicken coop was one of our April projects, and I’m glad to finally be getting around to writing up about it! You can read more about the start of our chicken journey, and how we inherited a coop by clicking this link,…

  • Chooks,  Fauna,  Hard Lessons

    Chickens, Coops, & a Fox

    Chickens pave the way to regenerative agriculture and permaculture practices, and here at Innisfree Homestead, we count ourselves lucky to have six of them. All six have names (Red, Blondie, Ros, Cinder, Coru, Crookshanks), and their own personalities to boot! So far only our Isa Browns Red and Blondie are laying, but any day now the rest should start, and help feed us (even more important during these Coronavirus times). Originally the plan was to have a chicken tractor with five hens moving around the yard. As the restriction in the city limits we live in is ten chickens per property, Mr BirdCat’s parents (who share the land with us)…

  • Chooks,  Flora,  Permaculture,  Veggies

    The Veggie Patch

    Despite dabbling with veggies over the last couple of years, it wasn’t until starting our 6m x 6m veggie patch in the beginning of February 2020 (getting on to the end of summer here) that I felt like a real gardener and homesteader. Stay tuned for a post on how we started our veggie patch, but over the past few months we’ve gone from this: To this: The original idea was to have five rotating beds, with them moving along each Spring to help with nutrients and pests. In order, the original five beds were: Fabaceae (Beans, peas), also was planning on putting onions and garlic here?? Have since learned…

  • Back paddock
    Cattle,  Chooks,  Fauna,  Land,  Permaculture,  Sheep

    To Fix a Paddock – Part 1

    Our property here backs onto half an acre of land owned by the local roads jurisdiction, and has been fenced and used by Mr BirdCat’s family for the past twenty years. As long as we maintain it, and don’t plant any trees or permanent structures, we can use it. This is a fantastic benefit! Though the property we are on is an acre and a half itself, Mr BirdCat and I really only have access to a quarter of an acre. By backing onto the paddock, it extends our land to the point where we can manage our own livestock beyond chickens. Just one problem — it has sat out…