A Long Awaited Update. Chickens, Ducks, Turkeys… What Next?

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 A Long Awaited Update. Chickens, Ducks, Turkeys... what next? - The Urban Ecolife

I didn’t believe them when they said, “Once you start, you can’t stop.”

I’m referring to this whole, ‘just a few chickens’ business. A few chickens quickly turns into a flock. Then a spur of the moment decision means some ducks get thrown into the picture. Just yesterday, we decided some turkeys would add a nice element of variety to our little farmstead. Did I mentioned there’s now also a puppy?

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My experience raising, slaughtering and eating chicken BUT – Is there really such thing as ethical meat?

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My experience raising, slaughtering and eating chicken BUT - Is there really such thing as ethical meat? - The Urban Ecolife

If you had to personally slaughter all the animals you eat for their selective cuts, would you still eat meat?

 

This is a tough question to ask. I know. I’ve asked it of myself many times over. Having done so, I still don’t have a definitive answer. I eat meat. I like the taste of meat. I feel better when I include meat in my diet. And yes, I still identify as an environmentally conscious citizen of this planet. Will I continue to eat meat for the rest of my life? I don’t know. Would that make me a more evolved, socially and environmentally conscious human being because I decided to exclude animal products from my diet, thereby alleviating myself from the cause of direct animal suffering and death? Hell to the no. I’d still be the same old excuse for a human being inflicting pain on this planet with my mere presence. BUT, synchronicity be true, making the same efforts to bring equilibrium to my imbalance and attempting to raise the collective unconscious.

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How to Build Your Own Mobile Chicken Coop (even if it’s your first time!)

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Have I ever built a mobile chicken coop before?

Hell no.

Have I ever built anything before?

(Does that Ikea bed frame I bought back in the year of ’09’ count?)

 

Despite my lack of building experience, I do still consider myself a practical person. I like the feeling of power when you wield a hammer and drill in your hands. It creates a feeling in me like the world is my Ikea catalogue and I could build sh!t. Yeah, that feeling.

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You Don’t Need to Live Off-Grid To Live Sustainably

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You Don't Need to Live Off-Grid To Live Sustainably - The Urban Ecolife

For a long time I held a belief in my heart that I couldn’t live sustainably unless I was living in a remote off-grid cabin in the woods, growing all my own food, eating by candlelight, wearing my own hand woven loin clothes and basically shitting in a bucket.

No power. No internet. No coffee. No connection.

I repeat. No connection.

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Our First Two Weeks of Farm Life (aka the Honeymoon Phase)

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Our First Two Weeks of Farm Life (aka the Honeymoon Phase) - The Urban Ecolife

I awake to the gentle sound of a rooster crowing in the distance and the sun rising over the ridge. From my bed I can already see the sky embellishing a wondrous display of purple, pink and orange, blushing sheepishly as though apologetic for stirring me from my peaceful slumber. I peer out the window and envision a day of possibilities. On the rolling pastures the cows graze on fresh dewy blades of green. Happy as cows could possibly be. The morning march to the milking shed fresh in their mind as their utters swell. Two wallabies are alerted from their temporary safe haven underneath the gumtree as they hear me rattle the front door open.

At that sound, I too am startled from my trance. The bubble of excitement bursts as I realize it was all but a dream. The cars are honking, the sky is grey, the drowsy feeling of yet another day at the office lingering on my mind.

 

Except that today, it’s not a dream. That dream has now become my reality.

And I couldn’t be happier.

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So I Am Going to Become A Farmer…

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So I Am Going To Become A Farmer...It’s 2:14am. I’m awake at this ungodly hour because jetlag has taken me prisoner. A whole 15 hours ago I arrived back on home soil having spent the majority of the past 2 years travelling, volunteering, wwoofing, house-sitting, visiting friends around the world and being a typical backpacking millennial trying to unpack her life and all the drama that comes with making adult life decisions.

 

But it’s not just for any reason I’ve come home. You see my friend, I truly believe, from the depths of my innards, I’m being called back. 

 

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What Is It Like To Live In The World’s Most Polluted City?

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The World's Most Polluted City

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Delhi. Officially the world’s most polluted city. 

 

A recent article from the Huffington Post reported,

“On November 27th, one of the US Embassy’s pollution-monitoring stations in New Delhi recorded a chart-breaking reading of 999 on its custom-developed Air Quality Index. To put that in perspective, any reading above 150 is considered unhealthy, with the range 351-500 classified as ‘hazardous’.”

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Natural Skin Exfoliation That Doesn’t Involve Microbeads

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 Natural Skin Exfoliation That Doesn’t Involve Microbeads - The Urban Ecolife

Those abrasive facial exfoliating scrubs you buy from the beauty aisle are doing your skin, and the environment, more harm than good.  We all understand how wonderful a feeling it is to scrub those dead skin cells off your body but like with most things, you need to evaluate the health risks of the products you are using and the environmental consequences. Unfortunately, many of these products have not been manufactured with either taken into consideration.

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