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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Tiny Eggs!

We now have two eggs a day from our four quail hens.  They are tiny and frankly, very cute. You can only get about a bite from each egg, so we're still supplementing with chicken eggs from the Farmer's Market and even the Grocery Store, as the Market only runs every two weeks in Winter. Today we went to the market and they only had a carton of 10 eggs for sale, so pretty sure we're going to keep grocery store eggs on hand for the foreseeable future.

We plan on increasing our flock this year, but we'll have to buy a incubator first. After that, we'll be raising the next generation for more eggs and meat for the first time. I'll keep the updates coming!

Little Urban Greenie

Saturday, February 20, 2016

No eggs...

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Sickness...No eggs...
Well, we're down one rooster as of a couple of weeks ago. He got sick and my husband put him down. Oddly enough, one of our supposed hens from the deceased rooster's cage ended up being a rooster. So, we have 6 quail, two roosters with two hens each. Nobody's laying, but the boys are sure crowing!

Gardening...Worms Kinda Makes It Better
Our worm bin is working well, we're seeing some black gold already and the food scraps are starting to slowly be eaten more quickly. Our furnace went down last week and the light heating the sprouts burnt out the same time. My 2 yr old and I replanted the peppers and onions two days ago. If they don't turn out, our community is having a plant sale to fill out our harvest this year.

Here's to future eggs, worm black gold, and an awesome gardening year!
Little Urban Greenie

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Phase 1

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Waxing Crescent Moon Phase (first phase after a new moon)



We're just starting out on our homesteading journey with our new home and we had to tackle some projects pretty early on.

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle


Our 1st projects were to replace the toilet seats because they were broken and loose and one was plastic. By me, I mean my handyman-in-the-making husband, of course. I tried to replace one and somehow managed to get clean water on the floor, so I let him replace that one too. We have kept the old ones for later Freecycle post as they can't be recycled.

Rain, rain, go away
We also hired a gutter guy to install aluminum seamless gutters that match our house colors to protect the foundation and prep for....rain water collection! This is a project for another day, but I'm looking forward to getting free water for my future garden. The rain barrels aren't cheap, so we will have to wait, unless a fabulous reader happens to have wooden barrels they would love to donate to a family of 3 1/2 to support their homestead? ;)

We also replaced the laundry bathroom windows for better energy efficiency, but we'll need better insulation to actually achieve comfort in that part of the house. My husband also installed a dual flush system in the back of one of our toilets which was leaky anyway.

BYO & Glass, Check Please!

For our first phase of becoming more zero waste/sustainable is to:

1. buy local milk delivered in glass bottles,
2. make homemade bread and refuse packaged
3. bring our own glass water jugs,
4. glass jars vs takeout containers, and
5. reusable utensils versus plastic disposables when we're out.

Homestead, homestead in the Basement



We just bought 7 baby quail, 5 hens and 2 roosters, and can expect eggs anywhere from 2-4 weeks from now. We also set up our worm compost bin and outdoor compost bin for everything we can't feed the worms.

Little Urban Greenie

Phase 4

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