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Urbanstead Update March 2013

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It’s been a while so I thought I’d update whats going on in my urban backyard “farm”. I like to write these out from time to time to show you what I’ve accomplished, as well as to track where I’ve been. My memory isn’t what it used to be, […]

Backyard Egg Options

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A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid.
I have a fairly wide selection of eggs in my refrigerator, considering I raise them myself on little over a quarter acre in town. 

Here are the results from
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Coturnix Quail (Yes, Again!)

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SOOOOoooo I’ve been obsessing off and on about quail ever since BlueTang started me thinking about them. Recently, many factors have started bringing quail back into my radar, so I’ve decided to increase my numbers a bit to fill in some freezer (and jar) space.
I had some already, but […]

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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Questions and Answers Feb 2013

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Today, I ‘m doing a Q&A session with some of the many questions I get. Today, I’m covering whittling, food, and rabbit questions. Feel free to drop me a line at:
db at
and I’ll answer your questions, and possibly include it in a future article.
Here we go!
Spoon Carving […]

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, […]

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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One-Bite Pickled Eggs

What to do with thirty Quail Eggs

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My quail are getting up to speed in the egg laying, with the 5 hens giving me 4-5 eggs a day for the last week. This adds up quickly when we are usually eating the chicken eggs (now that I’ve found the secret egg-laying lair). Since […]