My love for chickens started when I was 5 years old, when my oldest brother moved out and left his flock of close to 40 birds with me. Ever since then there has never been a point in my life when I did not have chickens. As I grew up they were my peaceful place and I would often sit in their cage and just watch them for hours on end. Every spring I would always look forward to placing an order to McMurray hatchery, and would always be fascinated by their rare breed section. It was my dream to have one of every breed and have a large tract of fenced in land with my house in the middle and all of my chickens running free.
It was in my mid 20s that I got the idea to start breeding chickens. I thought about it for years but didn’t set my plan into motion until I became a single dad in 2014. At the time, I was working a job with long hours and with an 11 month old and 2 year old I wasn’t satisfied with the time I had left over to spend with my kids. As fate would have it I happened to see an ad from Greenfire Farms selling Ayam Cemani for $5000 a pair and it grabbed my attention. Before then I had no idea there were such rare breeds that were worth so much. Being the risk taker I am, I jumped right in and ordered over 160 chicks from them. From there it was a race to build enough cages in time to have them all in breeding pens before they matured. Realizing I was in over my head, I enlisted my brother Kevin Prevot to team up with me to make a go at chicken breeding. Somehow, after many long days we managed to get over 40 cages built and setup with breeders. In early 2015 we coined our farm Gold Feather Farms and began to sell our eggs and chicks. Right away we were fascinated by the idea of making our own breeds and working on projects, and we put into motion several projects, with the most successful of all being the creation of our own breed, the Mosaics. In fall 2016 Kevin decided to follow his true passion and start his woodworking business, and left Gold Feather Farms solely in the care of myself.
Starting my own farm has been a true adventure with many ups and downs, I’ve learned everything along the way and in the end it has turned out to be everything I dreamed it would be. It has been successful in allowing me to spend the quality time with my kids I desired. It makes me happy to see my kids raised on a farm with lots of room to run free, growing a strong love for animals and nature. It’s not a business for me, it’s a lifestyle and a dream realized.