Kai: Almost a year ago I acquired 4 homing pigeons from a man at the keepers of the old ways expo in Blountstown Florida. When we got them home, I found that it had been a stressful move for the younger bird, and I had to nurse him back to health because he’d lost a lot of weight. The 4 birds had to gain back their muscles after being in quarantine, and once they were finally released into the coop, I found their behavior hard to follow…for months and months, all they did was fight and claim perches.Continue reading First time Breeding Pigeons
Kai: The baby quail are 2 weeks old now. Out of the 8 that hatched, 7 have survived to this point and are looking good. One that still remains has a bit of a longer story though, as when he or she hatched, they were born with splay-leg. This condition can be fixed if caught immediately, and so luckily l recognized it shortly after hatch day – but at the same time, I had absolutely no experience with it.Continue reading Baby Quail Hatch Update
Soil development is all about composting.Continue reading Earthworms and Soil Health
This is our end of Summer Garden Tour of our Food Forest in North-West Florida. These are just some of our favorites in the garden, but trust us when we say that so much more is growing in there! Hope you enjoy, and please check out David the Good’s new book: Create Your Own Florida Food Forest.
Kai: We recently acquired an incubator, and began the fascinating process of hatching quail!Continue reading Baby Quail Hatched!
Kai: Our family discontinued the use of many chemical cleaners nearly ten years ago when we started keeping birds. We had always stayed away from many toxic household products, but we ditched the last few by the time I got my first parrot.Continue reading Keep out the Chemicals!
The last past two years we’ve been rather successful with growing water melon. We have yet to perfect our propagation, but our plants have at least produced well in number. The varieties we’ve tried are the Black Diamond, Red Crimson, and Lelanau, a type of water melon that is actually orange colored on the inside.Continue reading Crazy Water Melon Abundance!
Kai: I have never been a fan of buying premade pet foods. We like to keep everyone’s diets clean in this household, yet pre-packaged organic products can be expensive. However, having a garden has made this a lot easier – as well as the “co-op” between animal and permaculture systems. Our hens eat greens and veggies from the garden, while our dog and cat benefit from their eggs! The chickens also receive feeder fish from our aquaculture, and worms from our earthworm farm. Our turtles also get fish, but the majority of their diet are the pests in the garden!Continue reading Eat Clean, Both You and Your Animals!
Kai: On our homesteading journey, we’ve acquired many animals. I love our chickens, pigeons, rabbits, and fish. Everything has its chore load, but they all get taken care of, and have their own values and place in the permaculture ecosystem. Aside that, many are beloved pets. However, there will always be that one thing that makes you crazy.Continue reading This Animal is a Headache!
Last year we got serious with growing our own food, and this year, we’re finally starting to see lot more production in our plants after learning a lot through trial and error. Growing food is so important right now, it’s empowering in these times of uncertainty, especially with concerns of supply-chain issues.Continue reading Our Gardening & Urban Homesteading in 2022