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teeko
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Backyard Farming

Post by teeko » Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:38 am

Anyone do any backyard/urban/suburban farming?

I have been looking into raising Coturnix, Bobwhite and Button quail for eggs and possibly meat if I can bring myself to it. Killing a wild animal is not hard for me(as long as its for food not sport, not into that) but I am not sure about things I have raised from an egg. Although its not like the quail are supposed to be social or interact with humans in any way much more than dancing when you give them food, so it may not be hard. If I go and pay for a permit I can free-range the bobwhites as they are native here(I 'think' thats how the law reads, need to verify). Theres already free-range chickens from the neighbors in my yard, why not right?

I am also looking into getting a small group(4-5) of Indian Runner Ducks.

Button Quail - Like little mcnuggets
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Indian Runner's - Walk upright instead of waddle, these are the ones from the old b&w shows/ads with the little girl taking the duck for a walk with a leash. If you spend time with them from an early age(preferably hatch the eggs yourself) they will follow you around like you are the alpha duck. And they lay lots and lots of delicious eggs!
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If I can ever afford to get a fence put up in the front yard(not anytime soon thats for sure) I plan on getting 4-5(2-3 does, 1 buck & 1 wether) Nigerian Dwarf Goats for milk. I was offered a pigling a week or so ago, but my dogs would have killed it and theres no place else for it to be. Plus I hear pigs are really smart and I just love eating pulled pork or bacon - not sure if I could after being around one. Although I guess unless trained they pretty much act like most other farm animals. I don't know.

But for anyone interested in self sufficiency, homesteading, etc. then you should really look into some coturnix quail.
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Re: Backyard Farming

Post by oahspe » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:33 am

My g/f and her folks just started raising chickens not too long ago, I think they have around 15 or so at this point. As for myself I am currently looking for a greenhouse to expand my backyard gardening operation. Not quite sizable enough to be called a farming operation just yet but we are getting there. Would def. like to raise some goats in the future as well.

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Re: Backyard Farming

Post by teeko » Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:20 am

Chickens are too filthy for me to look into for my amount of land. Neighbors on both sides have them, one side they are free range and shit all over my front porch. Pisses my wife off something serious, doesn't really bother me though, just hose it off. Its worth being around them, really. Even if I don't get to gather eggs or slaughter. They are pretty cool. They will come eat out of my hand and sit on my feet. Pretty funny. The labor just doesnt seem to match the output IMO though, so quail seem like the most logical route for having a small amount of space. Plus you can eat quail eggs straight from the nest without even questioning it, unlike chicken eggs which they say can give you salmonella upon eating raw - though I have eaten a lot of raw chicken eggs without any issues.
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Re: Backyard Farming

Post by Flapjack » Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:34 am

I couldn't kill my own food... I'd be vegetarian, but I'm not that interested in food and don't feel like detailing every thing I eat just to get all of the essential amino acids in the correct porportions. I don't like food that much. I just want to shove something down my throat, be in good health and be over with it. It's so much easier just to eat meat.

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