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| 3/24/2015 4:07:00 PM

Tags: Homesteading, Sheep, Broilers, Chickens, Livestock Guardian, Christine Nelson,

Christine NelsonIf 10 years ago you would have told me I'd be happily nestled onto a small plot of land surrounded by children, animals and dirt, I would have never have believed you. I didn't grow up thinking, man, I can't wait to bake everything from scratch, get my fingernails dirty in the garden and scoop poop. Nope, I would have laughed in your face.

After having my first child, I struggled terribly to lose the baby weight. I also struggled emotionally and spent a good year not even knowing who I was anymore. I wanted to not only look better, I wanted to feel better. I don't remember quite how it all played out, but I believe it started with a friend giving me the book “Nourishing Traditions.” I read it cover to cover and immediately informed my husband that we needed some backyard chickens.

Chickens were our gateway drug. Once we had fresh eggs, it was over, we had to move out of town. We planned ahead and started saving and then slowly started scanning the real estate pages. We knew we wanted more land but didn't want to be so far out of town that it would give my husband a long commute to work and cost us an arm and a leg in gas money.

So here we are, just about 10 to 15 minutes outside of town on about eight acres and loving every minute of it. Every hard working, sweaty or frigid minute of it.

Christine Nelson
My husband Jacob and I along with our three children, ages 5, 3 and 1. 

We were lucky enough to inherit a small herd of hair sheep from the previous owners as well as a few laying hens. Since then we have increased our flock to about 30 gals, added two livestock protection dogs, and have been raising spring and fall broilers. We sell fresh eggs and broilers to friends and family. The sheep continue to thrive, and I look forward to the day that we get a family milk cow.

3/28/2015 5:56:06 PM

Welcome Christine! So good to have you as part of the Cappers family. I'm dying to know... how did that work out with the chicken wire contraption and the ram's head? (I looked at your blog). We had a BIG wild pig road kill and the carcass would up in the ditch with a perfect skull skin intact and all. (I'm starting to wonder if I am getting into TMI here.) Anyway, it's taking forever for nature to clean off that skull so I wonder how it's working for you. Feel free to write your response PG rated! Looking forward to all your blog posts! - Renee B.

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