Category — Livestock
The biggest on-going cost in poultry keeping is the cost of feed, and this is also the biggest area of opportunity to save money.
The Poultry Guide
Fortunately at allotment gardens we can grow a diverse amount of poultry feed which means less dependence on purchasing poultry feed.
Green plants, fruit, seeds, earthworms, beetles, slugs and insects are all fresher and more nutritious for chickens than what you can buy in a bag. This will also encourage natural scratching behaviour as they search for food.
December 6, 2013 No Comments
Fiore plans to go to a council committee meeting next month that will include a discussion about urban farming.
By Kameel Stanley
Tampa Bay Times
Nov. 27, 2013
Winston Fiore and his girlfriend, Rachel Auer, haven’t mowed their lawn in months.
That’s a job for Shelby and Gabby.
Shelby, a miniature Shetland sheep, and Gabby, a Nigerian dwarf goat, love munching on grass. Their owners love not having to use a machine to manicure their lot. The neighbors — especially the neighborhood kids — are equally enamored of the miniature breeds.
The city codes department? Not so much.
November 27, 2013 No Comments
A January 2013 evaluation found that two years after the initial support, 50% of rabbit kits that were distributed were still in operation.
Written by Elena Qleibo and Elena Bertola
Edited by Zalynn Peishi, Laura Phelps and Carol Brady
Rabbit Raising intervention
The rabbit raising intervention is funded by the European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO) and implemented by MA’AN Development Centre.
The rabbit raising intervention seeks to protect the livelihoods of unemployed people and to provide very poor households with increased consumption of protein or vitamin-rich food. This activity was implemented with the intention of increasing household consumption of fresh meat, and allowing beneficiaries to sell surplus rabbits to local markets at affordable prices. Rabbit rearing has been showed to be a sustainable and profitable intervention for small-scale household food production. The intervention was also expected to empower women, as household members recognise the economically productive role that women play. 286 Gazan households were involved.
The rabbit raising intervention was implemented as part of a twelve-month project starting in November 2009.
November 15, 2013 Comments Off
‘We set up shop in my dad’s backyard and had the meat ready to cook, with cleanup done, in under an hour.’
By Michelle Nelson
Uhhh . . . So What’s Up With Rabbitville?!” That’s what friends ask the minute I open the door to my urban one-bedroom downtown apartment and they come face to face with my oversized bunny condo – filled with shredded newspaper, branches, and weeds – that sits on the far side of my living room like a small forest in a box.
November 2, 2013 Comments Off
Dhaka roof farmer with his goats. “Dr.M.H.Rahman: I served the Dhaka community through my Veterinary Hospital. The Hospital is still open in my absence. I encouraged people to rear goats, pigeons, ducks and even Japanese quail on their roof-tops since these items have a big market value as there is a consumer preference for micro-livestock. The animal manure is also a source of fertilizer for pot nurseries in Dhaka where this has been the practice for some time.”
Roof-top farming in Dhaka city, where crops include goat, spinach, jute, lemon, guava and many other vegetables that are grown throughout the year.
By Dr.Mohemmed Habibur Rahman, Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh
At present: School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture and Consumer Science, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana. P.O.Box: LG 586, Legon
All photos by Dr.Mohemmed Habibur Rahman.
The Case for Building-Integrated Food chain in the inner city
Beyond energy cost, there are additional vulnerabilities in our conventional food-production system. Political crisis like hartal, natural calamities like too much rain, little rain and even flood in the north disrupts communication and in the long-term, reduction of flows water from the upstream will cause water shortages in Bangladesh and its primary vegetable-producing regions. These vulnerabilities are reviving interest in growing food locally (using available resources by the innovative Bangladeshis – once the bottomless basket), and even on the roof tops.
October 21, 2013 Comments Off
Chicken owners are dressing their animals in hi visibility jackets to help them cross the road safely
Best dressed chicken in town: hens go hi-vis
By Jasper Copping
19 Oct 2013
It will not solve the riddle as to why the chicken crossed the road, but it might mean that the bird is more easily spotted when it does so.
After public officials, cyclists and schoolchildren, the nation’s pet chickens have become the latest group to succumb to Britain’s “high visibility” culture.
Owners are dressing their domestic flocks in new fluorescent bibs, which have been specially designed to keep the creatures seen in the autumn evenings.
October 20, 2013 Comments Off
A self-proclaimed urban foraging family in Seattle says it traps and eats squirrel as part of its diet.
“These squirrels lived a really happy life.”
About Melanie Vorass
Seattle – Jan 2012
“I consider myself an urban forager. I can get most of my vegetables either from my vegetable garden or from foraging weeds from around the neighborhood. I wouldn’t eat just any urban animal, I mean we have larger animals here. The reason I chose squirrel is number one they were a pest and wreaking havoc with our garden and our property. But number two I watched them for a good long while, like months, and studied what their dietary habits are and they have a very clean diet. So I am very comfortable with what the quality of the tissue is and they aren’t any contaminents in the tissue.
October 9, 2013 Comments Off
Rent the Chicken – Serving Armstrong, Allegheny, Butler, Indiana, and surrounding counties in Western PA
Raise your own farm fresh eggs with our Chicken and Coop rentals.
By Homestead Phil & Jenn
Excerpt from their website:
Chicken and Coop Rentals:
Thought of Raising Backyard Chickens? Every Spring, thousands of chickens are sold at local farm supply stores. Often these chickens die before they are ready to start laying eggs (16-30 weeks). Children quickly realize that chickens are not as fun as the Xbox and parents find out that chickens can not be house broken! The costs quickly start becoming more and more, then chickens are “sent to the farm”. Other people think about chickens but think they don’t have the space, worry about regulations, or just don’t know what they need. Do you build or buy a coop? Do you buy peeps?
October 7, 2013 Comments Off
He ‘only respects one man’ – The goat wouldn’t budge
By Paul Craig
Fox 12 KPTV Oregon
Aug 23, 2013
A police officer who spotted something unusual in Gresham Thursday night was given a warning not to get any closer.
“The goat will charge you,” he was told.
That goat was on the roof of a house.
September 8, 2013 Comments Off
A Muskegon Police officer showed up at their door and handed Joshua a ticket for the goats that they keep in the yard behind their house
By John Amrhein
August 11, 2013
The story begins 3 years ago when Joshua and Anna decided to move to the city of Muskegon (38,000 residents) because they thought it would be friendly to urban farming. They bought a house at a tax sale and have since been able to acquire several other vacant city lots and are working to establish soil fertility and grow more vegetables every year. After a recent decision to move a local farmers market out of their neighborhood and into downtown Muskegon, Joshua and Anna decided it was time to set up a farm market, to give residents of their neighborhood more options for purchasing fresh local food.
August 30, 2013 Comments Off
Raising chickens for fresh eggs is a growing trend in Montreal.
Jul 11, 2013
People who work at the Montreal SPCA have been caring for homeless cats and dogs for years, but now they’re facing a new challenge — chickens.
Raising chickens for fresh eggs is a growing trend in Montreal, but the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says every week hens and roosters are being abandoned by owners unable to take care of them.
“People don’t realize that chickens are sensitive, curious, smart animals that require extensive care,” Alanna Devine, Director of Animal Advocacy at the Montreal SPCA told CBC’s Daybreak Montreal. “Unfortunately, there is this trend of people thinking they can easily take on raising chickens in an urban environment.”
July 15, 2013 Comments Off
July 13, 2013 – See Seattle’s “Top 25″ urban farms!
Excerpted from Seattle Tilth’s website:
This is your chance to visit folks who are keeping chickens and creating urban farms in the Seattle area. On Saturday, July 13, glean great ideas from creative neighbors who are incorporating animals and unique gardens into their home landscapes.
In this self-guided tour, you will see simple chicken coops built in an afternoon and elaborate finely-crafted coops that took weeks of planning and building. See what accommodations are needed for keeping miniature goats, ducks, mason bees, honey bees and bunnies. There are sites all around the city, including NW, NE, West Seattle, SE, Central, as well as NE & SE outside of Seattle. Enjoy a unique and inspiring urban adventure!
July 7, 2013 Comments Off
Be sure you’re up for the commitment of milking at the same time twice a day, every day, until you’re ready to let your doe dry up or her naturally lactation tapers off.
Written by Laurel Miller
Despite my upbringing in a distinctly non-rural bedroom community north of Los Angeles, I grew up with goats. This was back in the days before urban farming was a “thing;” we had a five-acre ranch where we raised caprines (lLatin for goat), as well as horses, mules, chickens, rabbits, and a variety of other critters. Even with pasture and a barn on the property, we had backyard goats to a certain degree, because I insisted upon bringing all of our “pets” down to the house to visit. Fortunately, my parents never minded seeing a donkey or Jersey heifer peering in the sliding glass door off of their bedroom.
July 1, 2013 Comments Off
“Before you buy sheep, make sure you want them.”
By Sue Ann Weaver
July 5, 2013
Sue Weaver, also known as Dreamgoat Annie, is author of The Backyard Goat, The Backyard Sheep, Hobby Farms Goats, Hobby Farms Sheep, and an array of other books for Storey Publishing and BowTie Press. She and her husband breed lovely Classic/Miniature sheep at their smallholding in the Ozark Mountains near Mammoth Spring, Arkanas.
Excerpt from her blog:
I’m (kind of) on lamb watch, hoping that at least one of two possibly pregnant ewes is getting ready to have lambs.
Normally I would know but Jacy, a young white Classic Cheviot was in with Wee Mad Arthur for almost 5 weeks and though I never saw any breeding activity, odds are she should be bred. However, she’s a first-timer and a naturally zaftig girl, so she might not have ovulated. So is she or isn’t she? She’s huge but all that bulk could be fat!
July 1, 2013 Comments Off
Ducks and Clucks takes in abused, injured, sick and discarded ducks and nurse them back to health
By Bellamy Pailthorp
“I originally rescued ducks, and tried to rescue ducks exclusively. And chickens just sort of started showing up, once the urban farming craze took off,” she said.
That was about five years ago. She quickly became the go-to person for shelters that aren’t well-equipped to handle fowl. Chickens stop laying a lot of eggs once they’re about 2 years old, Young said, but they live a lot longer.
June 27, 2013 Comments Off