Protecting Eggs from Predatory Birds

We started our duck and quail egg program three years ago. Naively. Happy birds, lots of pasture, eat, be healthy, be free. Kind of. For our quail we did create a natural pasture habitat, we knew they would either fly away or be eaten within days without protection, they are pretty much the bottom of…

Feeding the farm that feeds our family that feeds our farm

 I am putting this information in table form, as it is easier to understand, and also a reminder to me of everything that is happening. Our farm is biodynamic, meaning that one living organism feeds another, and works together to create sustainable and optimal health. We do not use any chemicals, we feed organic and…

Pasture Politics

I am not sure what it is, the cold snap we just had, the shorter days, the full moon, sexual maturity, or life, but I have a lot of opinions out in the pasture right now! I might even have a lot of opinions in my house right now, but alas, this is about my…

A Taste of Winter

On October 8th it was 65 degrees and I was picking the last of our apples, amending the soil in my garden beds, and preparing our animals for a coming storm. It dropped to 25 degrees in a matter of two hours, and then the snow came. I love winter so it wasn’t a bad…

Welcome our Quail!

Chores, exercise, sunrises, sunsets, quiet, busy, animals, a production garden, dirt, lots of dirt, and everything else in between. It for sure is not everyone’s cup of tea, but we love farming. One of my wishes for our farm was to see if we could not only grow our own food, but supply food to…

The Quacklings have arrived

Cindy Lou Who? and two of our other ducks were kind of broody at the start of the summer. Broody but not really committed to it wholeheartedly. They would sit on a nest for a bit then go into the pasture and goof around all afternoon, eating bugs, swimming, living the duck life. But I…

Goaty Goats – Slayer & Death Blade

I purchased 900 pounds of meadow and pasture grass seed this past fall as we had more dirt than anything growing. The soil was in pretty bad shape from being over grazed and untended, a silt that lacked any integrity at all, and in dire need of something nourishing and protective. Now to add manure…

The most unlikely Egg Predator

We have been living a good duck egg life for the past year. 9-13 eggs every morning without a hitch. Actually when it was super cold this past February, negative 30 or so for almost two weeks, they almost all stopped laying for a few days and then ones that did lay, well their eggs…

The Covey Castle!

We are adding quail to our Urban Farm, so we needed a new structure for their arrival. I wanted another type of bird on our property that would be both for meat and egg use, for our dogs raw feeding and for us. While researching meat chickens, turkey, goose, and other types of ducks, quail…

Our Irrigation SYSTEM

With our new Urban Farm in full swing now, animals, orchards, garden boxes, and everything that goes along with that, one of the things we really want to do is to use as much native water as possible. This means rain water and passive run off. If any of you have tended any type of…