James Freyr wrote:Hey Dan welcome to Permies!
I'm impressed with your ambition and all you've done so far. Sounds like you have a plan and know what you want with your homestead. I think you'll thank yourself later for planting fruit trees early. I planted some pawpaw trees yesterday, it rained today, and tomorrow I'll be back out planting some apple and pear trees. If I may make a suggestion not knowing if you've raised chickens before, consider getting a few more pullets if you plan to keep the cockerel as a rooster. Three hens will be miserable with his advances and breeding with them all day long, every day. A good number of hens per rooster is 9-12. I do recommend having a rooster with a flock of chickens. He keeps order, and also keeps a lookout for danger while the hens spend their days with their butts in the air and beaks to the ground, practically oblivious to their surroundings. Anyway, glad to have you here and looking forward to updates on your homestead progress.