Mailbag May 2, 2013 Quail vs Ducks or Chickens

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Yesterday, I received a comment from a regular reader, Darren from Green Change. com, and  I thought I should expand on my reasoning.

“Just a quick comment to thank you for all your quail articles. I didn’t think quail were worth messing about with (small […]

Preventing chickens from flying (or jumping fences)

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My chickens like to stray from time to time, jumping into the adjacent lot. Most times I don’t mind…much, but in truth, I’d prefer they’d just stay in the yard. I cannot afford a taller fence, so the next option is to eliminate the birds ability […]

Birds (chickens, ducks, & quail)

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I currently have 4 chickens, 7 quail, and 4 Muscovy ducks. It takes about 5 minutes a morning to feed and release the chickens and ducks to allow them to free-range.
The chickens are for egg production.
The quails and ducks are for both eggs and meat, though currently, the […]

Rule Of Threes

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In survival training, many instructors refer to the “Rule of Threes”.
 
Here they are, as taught to me by Hank, of Green Earth Survival School:
 
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Coturnix Quail for Homesteaders

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I’ve had a bit of interest over the last few weeks regarding quail as a backyard meat source. I thought I’d dust off the topic and put another article together covering the ins and outs of raising Coturnix quail, particularly in an urban setting. It is a rather long […]

Five Reasons I Grow My Own Food

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I’d like to go over my five reasons I try to grow my own food, or at least as much food as I am able to squeeze into my already hectic life.
It all started when one of my daughters was 5 years old, we noticed she […]

The Value of Backyard Protein

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I’ve often been asked what price I’d charge for the rabbits, quail, ducks, or chickens I raised in my backyard. I’ve done some rough estimations on what I have invested in each animal, but the number of variables staggers me.
Do I include electricity used to pump the water […]

Backyard Farming and The Rogue Chicken

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When my Everglades tomatoes were devastated by a wind storm and then the sprinkler system failing, I had to […]

Back At It

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As much as I needed to step away from FHB, the longer I stayed away, the harder […]

Florida Urban Homestead Update Summer 2013

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