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TAMAGOYAKI

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Japanese Omelette This masterpiece of a recipe is perfect and different for a person -like me- who doesn't like eggs to consume those bad boys. This really is a staple for a farm or homestead and will be a staple of my soon to be dream life. 
Tamagoyaki (Ta-mah-go-yah-key) uses all the ingredient that you would get from a farm AND it tastes delicious. Tamagoyaki is sooooo good! It melts in your mouth and is fluffy having the texture to more of a cake them an egg (sweeter like a cake too).

Tamagoyaki Tamagoyaki is a rolled up omelette (or omelet for american speakers). I'm actually an american speaker I just like the British/french spelling :) #fakefan. Tamagoyaki translates to grilled/fried egg, it is commonly eaten for breakfast, in a bento box (Lunch box), side dish, or even a filling for sushi. Preparation There are many different ways to prepare Tamagoyaki. The one I am referring to is more Americanized I guess you can say. Trinity's TamagoyakiIngredients 3-4 Large Eggs …

THE JOY OF A PULLET'S FIRST EGG?

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You've waited 5 months... Checked the nests everyday. "This is the day!" "I can feel it!" you exclaim to yourself.  ...now its Month 6 Your spirit has gone down just a little bit but, hey! You've waited this long and whats a little longer? A Sunny Day You step outside and see your fake eggs but, something is different. There's one fake egg, and the other one, wait... another? Oh my! The chickens have laid eggs! These eggs are real!
This is exactly what happened to me. I was so shocked and excited. I thought month 5 would be the month to get eggs. My hopes of eggs went down hill and this hit my by surprise (more like a slap). I was so delighted! What now?  Now, I got chickens because they make my life so much easier. So I'm gonna tell you a secret... I don't really like eggs. I like baking, I like the free food but, I was really counting on my family to consume them. I know what you may be thinking... then why get chickens?! Eggs aren't the o…

HOW TO RAISE MEALWORMS

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I love Mealworms... I know disgusting right? But it's actually not. Before I got chickens, before my duck, even before my plants. I wanted Mealworms.

I thought Mealworms were a good easy way to get in the habit of taking care of animals and they are! They are a smart, cost efficient step to start a farm.

Benefits of Mealworms Mealworms are a chicken's weakness as well as ducks, fish, and mostly everything else. 
Mealworms are very easy to take care of. They are a free source of food supply and feed/protein for your backyard flocks. How to Care Mealworms only need a little area to live in. You can add adjustments to make it easier to care for them but, you can even just use a bucket as the basic limit of care for mealworms.

Other features include adding a strainer/sifter bottom for the "poop" or baby mealworms to fall through.
The next feature is to add multiple drawers (plastic dresser is preferable) for each different stage of the Mealworm. Stages Stage 1: Egg Mealw…

MUSCOVYIES - GREAT FOR BACKYARD URBAN FARMING

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Muscovies are unique creatures. No they're not just nuisance ducks but, actually a great meat bird with less slimy meat compared to other ducks. They are great for backyard spaces since they don't require water (to swim in) and survive by finding food on land.

Now, they don't need water (to swim in) but that doesn't mean that they can't.
Quiet For Neighbors Unlike regular ducks that quack all into the night, Muscovy ducks can't quack. They are a whistling breed. They communicate by doing just that. You will have some noise when mothers and babies call back and forth to each other but, that's about it.
Natural Features Muscovies jump into the trees to get off the ground and away from predators. This means they have sharp claws to help then with that. If you have a mean duck this could be problematic.

Muscovies are great free ranging birds where you don't have to provide them with any substitute of food, unless you have inadequate land or you keep them in …

10 BEST CHICKEN BREEDS - GREAT FOR BACKYARDS

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Chickens Galore! I love chickens. Now that I'm thinking about it they're probably my favorite animal, and they can be yours too!

This list is mainly for good, productive, hardy breeds for getting the most out of your chickens. If you're interested in Self-Sustainable chicken breeds look there.

1. PLYMOUTH ROCK Egg Production Annually - 280 There are only seven colors recognized of the plymouth rock breed: the Barred, Blue, Buff, Columbian, Partridge, Silver-penciled, and White. Each color can have very different characteristics while still being the same breed. This is true for the Plymouth breed. The Plymouth Barred Rock became the most favorite and widespread chicken breed as an industry bird during World War II for their good egg production while the White Plymouth Rock was used in the development of other broiler breeds making them the mother/sister bird for the Cornish cross breed, an excellent meat bird. The popularity fell to a domestic fowl and are now listed as &qu…

8 REASONS TO KEEP BACKYARD CHICKENS

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CHICKENS ARE AWESOME Chickens have many functions that are practical and low maintenance. I'm prepared to give you a whole chicken commercial about this turn of the century product that makes your life and  the lands life so much better.
 Except this isn't a product, its a mind and body of its own; and if you do it right... you don't have to do anything but reap in all the benefits.
REASONS TO KEEP BACKYARD CHICKENSREASON 1: EASY TO KEEP These little birdies are little to no maintenance. Depending on where you live you might have to put in some heavy fencing, but that's only if you have a lot of predators.
Where I live there's nothing to worry about but neighborhood cats and raccoons. Some people have problems with hawks and foxes...even BEARS! ahhhh
DAILY ROUTINE You can make a chicken setup with no maintenance needed. Free ranging your chickens can even eliminate the cost of feed. If the chickens are given a safe space to sleep and perch (and lay eggs) with the r…

BEST NO MAINTENANCE CHICKEN COOP DESIGNS

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A lot of suburban coops have the deep litter method. Its a good idea in retrospect but its not efficient. 
The deep litter method is when you fill the floor with a bunch of bedding (in most cases pine shavings). This allows the coop to not stink as much because the poop is being absorbed and covered to hide the stench. However, this system doesn't let you reap in ALL the benefits.  CONS COST- Since the bedding doesn't go anywhere you have to keep buying more to clean it out. This adds an unnecessary cost to your wallet. LABOR- Since the bedding will become dirty every week you have to clean it out which can take up to an hour... ain't NOBODY  got time for that. PROS COMPOST MATERIAL- With the bedding saturated in poop it makes the perfect equation for extremely rich soil. I know this sounds gross but its actually not. It's what the earth loves. The poop nd bedding makes the perfect percent of carbon and nitrogen to make rich soil. All you have to do is put it and a pi…