An Update on My Urban Farm

ChickenMy urban farm has had some ups and downs over the past couple of months. We have had many attacks on our urban farm by different predators who have attacked our chickens and even our garden. After several attacks on our chicken coop (including a cat prying the side of the coop open) we have a total of three chickens left, all from our original flock.

We plan on raising more chicks at some point so that we can increase our egg production. Currently, we only receive about two or three eggs a day. In the past, we have received about ten to a dozen eggs a day. We were to the point that we had no idea what to do with so many eggs, so we gave them away to neighbors and friends.

Our garden is currently producing lots of different plants. We have a large crop of okra and have a bunch of gourds growing in our backyard. One of the plants that we wanted to grow a large crop of was pumpkins, but unfortunately they did not flower.  One of the biggest problems we had with our garden was birds. We have birds lurking in our backyard because of our chickens and the chicken feed we have near our garden. When the birds had finished off the chicken feed they decided to go after the newly planted seeds in our garden, which caused lost of problems when we were trying to grow plants. We also had lots of volunteer plants from the last few years of harvests.

Besides the chickens we also have rabbits, cats, and a  tortoise. In the past we have also had ducks. I hope to expand my urban farm to include many other animals. The animal aspect of urban farming is my favorite part because I have a passion for animals.

*UPDATE 11/13/13*

We have now added these 9 little ones to our flock.

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My Urban Farming Experience

Baby Chicks

For the past few years urban farming has become a large part of my life and my community. I have learned many things about chicken farming, including gardening. Urban farming has become a trend that is starting to grow throughout the Phoenix Metro area. It involves many aspects, including backyard poultry, other animals, and backyard gardens.

Before I go on with my blog let me tell you a little bit of my background story. In 2010, my Dad brought home a dozen baby chickens for my 17th birthday. At this point we already had three cats, two bunny rabbits, and a baby tortoise, so adding more animals wasn’t a big deal. What I didn’t realize is that this would open up a whole new world for me, the world of urban farming.

Once, the chicks were old enough to become free range, we built a coop to house them and started spending more and more time outside, creating a garden that we could potentially eat from. We started eating more fresh vegetables and organic eggs, something that I never expected to happen.

Our flock of chickens continued to grow and at some point we had over twenty-five chickens, four roosters, and two ducks. The roosters produced an alarming amount of baby chicks, which is how the name of my blog came about, Populating The Community. Because there were so many chicks, we started giving them away to any good home that would take them.

I decided to write this blog because I wanted to learn more the community that I had joined when my Dad brought home these chickens. There are now several organizations such as Valley Permaculture Alliance and Grow House that are around to support and promote urban farming. I will be writing about these organizations in the future.

I hope to gain more insight about urban farming and share it with the world so that others can learn about these organizations. I would like to find and share resources such as, Urban Sustainable Living Magazine, for readers to learn more about urban farming.