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Creek Street Micro-Farm – April 2013

An update on our progress with Creek Street Micro-Farm. A couple of previous Farm Journal posts will connect you with Creek Street – from its earliest days till now. This schematic of our place shows the layout of everything – except the “back...

Japanese Quail #7 – the Post Mortem

Incubation is about hatch percentages – and every unhatched egg is an opportunity to review (and improve upon) your management practices  Any competent incubator operator should be able to conduct a basic post mortem examination of the unhatched eggs. Incubated...

Japanese Quail #6 – Analysing the Hatch

The hatch commenced some time prior to 6.00am yesterday – by which time, we had 8 chicks.   By nightfall, the numbers looked to be around 25 chicks.    I ended the hatch at 7.00am on Thursday 2nd May – number remain unchanged from 25. Theoretically, we...

Japanese Quail #5 – Hatching Chicks

The hatch is underway. My partner Jan drew my attention to the fact that “there is somethin’ happening in the incubator” at 6.00am this morning – and she was right.  The first 8 or 10 chicks were staggering about drying off. Last night, some...

Japanese Quail #4 – Care of Fertile Eggs

In Japanese Quail #3, we looked at the incubator in terms of its role, its component parts and how it works. When it comes to producing healthy viable chicks, however, the incubator is only part of the process – so it’s appropriate that we give some...

Japanese Quail #3 – The Incubator

Natural incubation, in a quail or chicken context, occurs when the fertile eggs from a hen (or hens) are gathered into a nest……whereupon the hen places herself.  Genetically-wired to manage the whole process, the hen will spend the next 16 to 21 days...

Japanese Quail #2 – Getting Started

Back in May 2009, I prepared a post called Japanese Quail #1 – in which I described these amazing little birds as “the quintessential micro-farmer’s livestock” while making a case for their inclusion in any Microponics system. Yesterday, we...

The “Ultimate” Growing System #2

The “Ultimate” growing system is a significant shift from the traditional media grow bed commonly used in backyard aquaponics systems. The basic flood and drain media grow bed is limited in terms of the plants that it can support and (subject to the media...

Mythconception #10 – Water Replacement

Arguably, the biggest benefit afforded by aquaponics is its capacity to produce two crops – plants and fish – for the same amount of water that it took previously just to grow the plants. In their quest to persuade others of the water-wise qualities of...

Mythconception #9 – Grow Bed Cleaning

While this mythconception was debunked a long time ago, it still crops up from time to time.  As recently as 2011, a book was published in which the author states….. “A 12 inch (30cm) deep bed rarely or never needs to be cleaned out because the robust...