Welcoming Baby Chicks to the Homestead

Oh my Goodness, ya’ll! Look what we got in the mail! There’s nothing more exciting than welcoming baby chicks to the homestead! I am just in love! We were so pleased and very pleasantly surprised at how well these baby chicks did after two days in the mail. They are perfect! Every one of them is happy, healthy and adorable! We highly recommend McMurray Hatchery¬†if you are considering ordering chicks through the mail. This was our first time ordering chicks through the mail and I would do it again in a second.¬†Continue reading to learn what breeds we got and how we are caring for them.

Welcoming Baby Chicks to the Homestead
We are welcoming baby chicks to the homestead from McMurray Hatchery! This is the box they were shipped in. They are crowded together like this to keep them warm during shipping.

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Our Top Considerations When Choosing Land for Our Homestead

Goose Creek Homestead- Our Top Considerations When Choosing Land for our Homestead
Goose Creek Homestead- Our Top Considerations When Choosing Land for our Homestead

You may be wondering why we chose to homestead in Tennessee, instead of here in Florida, where we’ve lived most of our lives. Let’s talk about our top considerations when choosing land for our homestead.

One of our top considerations when choosing land for our homestead, like many wannabe homesteaders, was cost. Here in SW Florida, the cost of living is sky high. And so is the cost of land! We would have had to save for many more years just to come up with enough money for a down payment on land in Florida, and even then we probably only would have been able to get a quarter acre or so, and our mortgage payments would have been huge, requiring us both to work off the property full time. In Tennessee, we were able to buy almost 6 acres, with a very low down payment, and very low monthly mortgage payments. One of us may have to work off the property at first, but our goal of being able to support ourselves mostly from the homestead will be much more achievable.

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