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Micro Farming

Micro farming usually involves chickens and other small farmyard type animals that do well in the city.

Soil Mixture for Filling a Raised Bed Garden

Soil Mixture for Filling a Raised Bed Garden

Raised garden beds are quite popular in urban settings.  Small lots of neatly arranged gardens can produce a good amount of output if implemented properly.  Often there is a struggle to fill them with teh best soil and get the best growing results. There are many ways to fill a …

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Quail Keeping Primer

Coturnix quail eggs

Quail Keeping Primer Keeping quail is gaining popularity with the permaculture movement.  Keeping food animals was popular during both World Wars as resources were limited.  Rabbits, pigeons, and quail were raised to supplement meat and make use of waste.  Saving resources was a big issue then, and it should also …

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The Mega Mini Hoop Hot House

Budget Building a Small Hoop House The springs here in Seattle aren’t all that warm.  Especially for growing things like tomatoes, Indian eggplants, lemon cukes, peppers, and similar hot loving plants that we all love to start early in the season.  This season I started plenty of seeds early in …

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Urban Farm Craze Refugees?

Urban Farm Craze Refugees? Our unwanted or non-laying birds typically go into tamales or similar dishes (young roosters are better for frying than old hens that need slow cooking).  We can’t simply keep nonproductive birds in such a small holding so we utilize them fully. People are so removed from …

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Brower Brooder With Chicks

The Brower Brooder and Chicks Here’s some Cornish Rock cross straight run chicks in the Brower brooder. They love to eat. And sit around. They’re fairly tame and quiet. Regular looking yellow biddies. I want to see how fast they grow. UPDATE:  They grew plenty fast.  We moved them out …

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Fresh grass for the chooks

Sprouted Wheatgrass

Here’s how I supplement my chickens with this system. I give them grass about everyday in the winter time. You can use barley or wheat or any other grains that are edible. Oats are good too.  Nearly anything that sprouts and grows. Some people think that ‘economical’ is something free. …

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Portlandia Fertile Eggs Hatched

Day Old Chicks

Grocery Store Eggs Hatched Grocery store chicks hatched yesterday. White egg laying white colored birds.  These were bought at Whole Foods and the carton says “Fertile Eggs”.  About 60 percent hatch rates overall counting the carton of eggs from another small farm that hatched similar chicks.  The second small farm …

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