Farm Update Feb 2013

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I called this “Farm update” because “Backyard Update” just doesn’t have a nice ring to it. Plus it doesn’t look like a back yard…it looks like, well, a farm…a tiny, narrow, crowded farm. This has been a fairly busy week for me, and I just wanted to
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Alternative uses for Papayas

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Remember when I wrote about my volunteer papaya tree?
How about them tasting like vomit?
Well, as my papayas grow out and ripen, I’ve been cutting, smashing, or busting them open for the chickens to eat. The seem to like it, and that’s fine with me! At least I’m getting something […]

Revisiting My choice in animals for “Urbansteading”

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This is a repost of one of my first articles. I’ve gotten a lot of questions as to why I’ve chosen these, so thought I’d repost it to get it out there again.
Living 5o feet from another family makes certain choices VERY important. Your TV volume, […]

FloridaHillbilly – The Daily Process

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I originally started writing this as a means of getting things off my chest. As I started to develop a few readers, I realized some of my BS was actually entertaining, possibly even educational.
This has evolved into a
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DIY Bird Plucker

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My Muscovy ducks have grown out to the appropriate size, so it’s time to start harvesting.  If you’ve seen my post,  Muscovy Ducks – Yard to Table, you saw just how long it took me to pluck one…over 45 minutes! Mind you, it was the first bird I’d plucked […]

Baby Muscovy Ducks

December 2012 Update

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Lots of things are happening here at!
Just as I’m out of the woods from my hernia surgery, I get a nasty bout of kidney stones, and dealing with another one as I write this
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I Tried Using Cast Nets for Food, Not Bait

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I went to the beach this morning to try my hand at cast-netting some dinner. (Green Deane made it sound easier than I found it to be.)

A cast net is a round net with a collar in the center of it, a heavy line stitched […]

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 […]

Bear Sausage

Odd n Ends and Barter Tales

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First, I lightly apologize for missing a post last Friday. I say lightly because I’m not doing this to impress anyone, I’m doing this as an outlet for my frustrations and as a form of therapy, as well as a log of sorts as to what I’m […]

Roasted Dutch Oven Chicken (Extra Crispy!!!) Part 2

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So as poorly as it went the first time, you would believe it if we simply gave up and never tried again. However, there were a few
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