Ridiculously handsome duck

Ridiculously handsome duck

Hi. My name is Duckee Momo. I like to blog. I'm a ridiculously handsome duck. Do you want to read what I wrote? Are you suuuure?..........Okay, I'll show you!   Oh yes, you read that right.....eat mor beef. Beef is yummy. Ducks are not. In addition to blogging,...

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Angry Birds

Angry Birds

Our 10 hens are happy hens, they faithfully lay around 8 eggs per day and get to eat all the garden veggies they want. There are specific plants that I grow just for them, like my ginormous cabbage that produces leaves as big as a vampire's appetite. Unfortunately,...

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New Aquaponics System

New Aquaponics System

The most asked question about aquaponics is "What is aquaponics?" But a close runner up and usually follows the answer to the first by about 2.362518 seconds is "Why aquaponics?" While the question does offer the opportunity for one to climb on the soap box and wax...

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Building our Aquaponics Garden

Building our Aquaponics Garden

"You want to build what? An Aquaponics system? Sure. Go ahead. What is an aquaponics system?" You see that's what I love about Jaden. She is a totally supportive, massive action type of girl. Me on the other hand, I am more of the planning and research type. I will...

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We’re building an aquaponics garden!

We’re building an aquaponics garden!

I've learned very important lesson as a mother. It's how to get my family to do things that they might not want to do. Some may call it manipulation, but I prefer to refer to it as mutually beneficial collaboration. For example, if I want my youngest to take interest...

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My hens are teenagers

My hens are teenagers

This summer, our little itty bitty baby chicks that arrived in April began laying eggs. It usually takes about 6 months before chickadees develop into egg-layers, and like an impatient mother, I kept looking in the coop twice a day to check if my babies were growing...

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How we make compost in 3 days

How we make compost in 3 days

I'm almost as obsessed with compost as I am with food. Well, they are related, right? Living out here has taught our family how to conserve resources - like many non-city folk, we have our own well (and no, we don't have to churn buckets down a deep hole - it's a...

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Chick Update: 15 Days Old

Chick Update: 15 Days Old

It's been so quiet the past couple of days (taxes done, manuscript submitted, Scott out of town, kids at school) -- unnaturally quiet until last night when I think Buddha just decided that our house needed an interjection of chaos to bring things back to normal. I've...

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New Baby Chicks Arrive in Mail!

New Baby Chicks Arrive in Mail!

When we first decided to get chickens, my intention came from an omnivore's point of view....FRESH EGGS! Little did I know that these little darlings would become our lovable pets first and foremost....and fresh eggs as a really cool bonus feature. Sidenote: Wouldn't...

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Chickens Take Baths!?

Chickens Take Baths!?

I've come home early from speaking at IACP in New York City....ehh....to be clear, that's International Assoc of Culinary Professionals.....NOT Intl Assoc of Chief of Police. The week prior was Food Blog Forum Orlando (come see Diane's post!), so I've been a little...

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Mason Bee House

Mason Bee House

I've always kept my distance from bees, I'll blame it on a horror movie that I stupidly watched by myself when I was home sick from school. I've never been stung before, nor do I really care to purposely put myself in a situation where I might be. But uh.....colony...

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The Palace Chicken Coop: Free Chicken Coop Plan

The Palace Chicken Coop: Free Chicken Coop Plan

*** UPDATE *** We are proud to announce the completion of the Steamy Kitchen Palace Chicken Coop Construction Drawings. A 32 Page PDF showing every detail and measurement needed to recreate this chicken coop. It was professionally created by a licensed architect and...

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Fierce

Fierce

Coco *loves* the hens....she considers them, "things to chase around" -- the hens don't like Coco much and normally squawk, freak out and run away. Lately, Fireflapper, our golden sex link hen, created a new strategy. "Aha! a chicken to chase!" Chase! Chase! Instead...

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Our first egg

Our first egg

We have it marked on our calendar the very first day we came home with the 1 week old baby chicks, to mark their "birthday" but also to give us a countdown of when we can expect our first eggs from the hens.  It usually takes around 6 months before the egg-laying...

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The Fight for Clean Air

The Fight for Clean Air

The Problem Mercury is a potent neurotoxin. For a child or fetus, exposure to even a little of this toxic heavy metal can harm the brain and nervous system. Coal-fired power plants account for nearly half the mercury emissions that pollute our waterways and find their...

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Click and Cluck

Click and Cluck

My husband's been working hard the past couple of weeks building the new Chicken Palace for our 5 birds who have quickly outgrown the coop we bought locally. Scott designed the entire coop on paper and then on transfering the plan to Google Sketchup for a 3D model....

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Experiments: No Dig Gardening, Square Foot Gardening

Experiments: No Dig Gardening, Square Foot Gardening

I've been hobbling, crawling, sliding and scootin' for the past 3 weeks now - after this fall and a front-jump-kick that ended up as a front-jump-FAIL in Tae Kwon Do class, I needed surgery to replace my ACL and repair a torn meniscus in my right knee. Because of...

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Earthbox Gardening

Earthbox Gardening

This past weekend of 9/11, we decided that the best way to honor those who had died, those brave souls who saved lives and those who are fighting the war on terrorism was not to sit glued in front of the television watching the remembrance shows or live ceremony, but...

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Chicks new digs

Chicks new digs

After a week in their cozy $4 plastic bin, we thought it might be best to buy a larger temporary home II for the chicks. It's temporary because Scott really wants to design and build a home from scratch for them....that's LOVE. If you've never ventured into the world...

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Peep! Peep!

Peep! Peep!

Well, I could tell you how exactly it all happened, how we spontaneously ended up with 5 new pets, but I think the photos alone tell the story sufficiently. If I wasn't holding the camera, I'd be right there next to the boys with a chick in my own hand and...

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