Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I'm going to do something I'm going to regret...

So living in a residential area, I'm limited to the type and number of animals I can keep.  Therefore, while I can have a couple hens for laying, I cannot raise a couple dozen chickens for food.

I just found a local farm that sells chicken that was pastured on grass, and you receive the chicken the day after it was dispatched and dressed.

I've never had meat that fresh.  So while I'm excited about getting to try it, and thrilled I can support a local farmer, I know it's going to spoil me forever until I get my own farm where I can raise my own meat.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Chickie house

The Architect and I put together the girls' house yesterday.  It's a Chick-n-Villa made by WARE manufacturing, the same company that made the rabbit hutches I bought.

It's super cute and was easy as pie to put together.

There's a few modifications it needs.  It needs a door for the henhouse.  We already swapped out the latches to ones that are more raccoon-proof.  We already know that we're going to extend the run out a good few feet.

We've got a bit of a cool front right now, and the girls have been in the house since we got them.  They stayed outside for a little while yesterday, but I could tell they were cold.  It's supposed to be sunny tomorrow, so I think they can stay outside for the majority of the day.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Garden Update 1.0

I promised an update a couple days ago, and then my brain decided to short circuit and present me with a rather debilitating migraine.

For those of you who get those things on the regular, ugh, I feel for you.  I've only had maybe three in my whole lifetime, and those are more than enough.

Anyhoo, for my slightly overdue garden update, I have to admit: I think I've kind of buggered something up.

I started with the discs? Pellets?  Things?  On the left.  I neglected to leave the clear cover on it per the instructions, because I am a doofus.  However, despite being exposed to the air, I've had a mold/fungus problem with the discs.

Despite that, I still have managed a few viable seedlings - I transferred those to the stand alone peat pots furthest to the left there.  There's a few bush beans, a few cucumbers, a zucchini, and a squash.

So, while still taking care of my first set of sort-of-failure, I started another pallet of discs.  This time, I left the clear lid on them 'til stuff started sprouting.  The zucchini, squash, and cantaloupe have gone nuts.

The tomatoes are sadly lagging.  And some of these discs have mold/fungus starting to fuzz on them, too.  I don't recall having this issue last year.  It's very frustrating.

Oh, well.  At least spring has arrived.  :)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Chick Update #5

The girls are three weeks old now, and really starting to look less ragged and more like real chickens.  :)

Heart-shaped chickies!

And here's a quick video of the girls in the yard. 

Tomorrow, I have a garden update! :)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Chick Update #4

Lucille, Petunia, and Gertrude here.  Norway is out of frame.
For those unaware, don't let anyone tell you that chickens cannot fly.  Oy....

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Some cool photos-

I wanted to share this link of a bunch of pictures from about 1880.


As an aside...

...I am COMPLETELY baffled at the number of people who do not understand that you don't need a rooster for hens to lay eggs.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Blog Award! :)

Lamb over at "Waiting on the Other Shoe" gave me this for blogging my gardening and homesteading efforts! :)

In return, I must award it to three more awesome gardening/homesteading blogs, and they are:

OlivYew Farm (I love reading about her rabbits and new chickens!)
BerryVine Farm (I love all the pics she posts!)
and the gang at the Simple, Green, Frugal Co-Op (they have fabulous tips and how-tos!)

Keep up the awesome, everyone, and spread the love!  I hope everyone has a great day!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


I've had a few friends and family members ask why in the world I want to farm and grow my own garden, and, eventually, raise and eat my own livestock.

Personally, I find it hypocritical of anyone who eats meat but is unwilling to kill the animal themselves.  I feel, as a whole, people are too disconnected from what goes on with their food.  I think that it's appalling that livestock are kept on feedlots knee-deep in their own feces; or in tiny cages with no access to the outside or to sunlight, without room to sprawl or stretch their legs.

No, I am no PETA enthusiast.  In fact, I abhor the organization, but that's another post.

It means enough to me that the animals I eat for food get space, grass, sunlight, the best feed I can afford, and love.  Because it is that important to me, I'm willing to do everything I can to move away from commercialized meat and dairy products.

It means enough to me to have fresh fruits and vegetables, untouched or modified by Monsanto or their ilk, that I'm learning to grow my own food as organically as I can.

Furthermore, I have very little faith in this country remaining stable in any meaning of the word for much longer.  I pray I'm wrong, but my gut tells me that I'm not.  Besides, on a much less dramatic scale, it wouldn't take much to disrupt the flow of food to the supermarkets.  A gas shortage.  A trucker strike.  A natural disaster...

I feel that the more I can provide for myself and my family, the easier and more comfortable we can survive anything that's thrown our way.

While we don't have a farm yet, The Architect and I will make the best of the acre we have until we do.

Maybe I can't save the world, but I CAN save my part of it.