Friday, April 27, 2012

Time for them to fly!

Ambelink chick on Friday April 6th.

The same Amberlink chick on Wednesday April 24th.

All of my chicks start off in a brooder and when they turn 2-3 weeks old I move them to a larger cage with a covered top until they are able to go in with the rest of the flock.  This is my last batch of babies for this season, and I guess I lost track of how quickly they were growing.  (Chickens grow faster than any animal I have ever seen!)  This morning when I was out feeding, I turned around there sat one of the little Amberlinks on the edge of the brooder waiting for her breakfast.  Note to self: It is time to move this batch of babies to the next sized cage!  

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Procrastination pays off: FINALLY!

I was visiting my dad last week and noticed he had these new shelves in his shop.  I asked him if he made them and he explained to me that he gets them free from a gentleman that receives them by the semi-trailer full.  I decided that I was going to get some for the farm, so dad brought me over 5 of them yesterday.  I am so excited!  I meant to make my raised beds earlier this year, but just hadn't got to it yet.  I am glad I didn't!  There was no sawing, drilling or assembling.  We just merely carried them out to the garden, where hopefully they will be filled with soil and compost ASAP!  Special thanks to my dad for bringing me boxes, and Steve for lugging them out to my garden with me.  You guys are the best!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

It's not always glamorous....

The girls who started it all...

Welcome to my blog on urban farming and thanks for stopping by!  My name is Emily and I am an urban farmer living in a small town in Ohio.  My urban farm consists of french angora rabbits, chickens (meat and egg layers), ducks, and a large vegetable and flower garden.  We also have 2 horses, several cats and are active in dog rescue.  (We board the horses, they are not present on the farm....)  This farming experiment started when I purchased my house several years ago and with it I purchased a lot of land that extends behind all of my neighbor's houses, 4 houses down!  The question of what I would do with this piece land arose and I immediately thought of a flower/vegetable garden.  The idea of chickens and rabbits came later, and the rest is history.  Before I knew it I was living a country life, in the city!  There is always work to be done around here, and it isn't always glamorous, but at the end of the day I love knowing that I was able to produce the food that my family and I consume all from my own backyard!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Cowgirl Desk

This morning Katzya had an early morning riding lesson and due to the fact that she is riding a new horse and they are experiencing some growing pains together, I decided I would not watch this lesson. Instead, I pulled out my laptop and decided to do some writing while I waited.  The only difficulty was there was no place to sit my laptop or myself so I improvised a desk out of 2 bales of hay and an old feed bucket.  It worked like a charm.  There is something very soothing about writing while listening to horses contently munch on their morning hay rations.  It was very peaceful and I accomplished a lot!