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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Beginner’s Basics for Raising Egg Laying Chickens

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Beginnger's Guide To Raising Egg Laying Chickens - The Urban Ecolife

Chickens… aka little reincarnated dinosaurs. You’ll forgive any atrocious behaviours inherited from their reptilian, barbaric, cannibalising ancestors for their a cute feathery disguise and endearing loyalty to you (when you have feed in hand).   There are a few things worth noting BEFORE you embark on the wonderful journey of raising your own egg laying chickens. I specify egg laying chickens because raising meat chickens is a completely different ball game. And I mean COMPLETELY. I’ll write up more about them in due time but for now, the focus will remain on the egg smashers. Read more ..

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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What’s Growing in the Garden at the Farmstead…

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FINALLY! The update I’ve been busting to share with you since I arrived at the farmstead. It’s time to share with you what’s been growing and thriving here in our garden at Ginger & Brown Farmstead.  Having a full-fledged vegetable garden has been on my wish list for a very long time. We were very lucky to inherit a garden fully enclosed by netting already as the birds, rabbits, wallabies, you name it, live in abundance here. Let’s not forget the original mess we also inherited. *le sigh*. You can check out the ‘before’ photos in this post. Just revisiting that post has been a timely reminder for me to get out there this weekend and do a quick weed of the beds.

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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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Permaculture Biofilter Duck Pond (Update) One Year Later

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Biofilter Duck Pond (Update) One Year Later - The Urban Ecolife

This is one post I am so excited to share with you! If you remember, last year I had the privilege of helping one of my dear friends and her husband build a Biofilter Duck Pond. You can read more about those adventures in building the Biofilter Duck Pond in this blog post. It was a big learning experience for all of us and one I was thrilled to be part of. I recently had the pleasure of visiting them a whole year later and gees, was I in for a surprise! 

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9 Common Leafy Greens You Didn’t Know You Could Eat

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9 Common Leafy Greens You Didn't Know You Could Eat from The Urban Ecolife

One thing that really bugs me these days (and yer, this may make you think I have no life but I’ll let that one slip), is when I walk by groceries stores and see all the vegetables with their leaves or tops chopped off. Dude, are you trying to rip me off! From this experience, my love for the farmers’ market only deepens where more often than not, they give you the WHOLE plant. Stepping it up a notch and better yet, growing my own where I decide the what and the how.

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A day with Joel Salatin on Polyface Farm

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A day with Joel Salatin on Polyface Farm | The Urban Ecolife

If ever there were such a thing as farming celebrity (which I totally think there should be – take that mind numbing Hollywood), Joel Salatin would be an A-lister. Well, he kind of is if you speak with anyone hailing from any of the Permaculture, Paleo, Real Food, Sustainable Agriculuture, ‘Save the world from the plight of factory farming and earth pillaging’ movements. He’s got a voice and he’s not afraid to use it.

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