Finally I can watch TV without cable and get all my shows commercial free. I review Sony VUE and Hulu to see if the time has come to cut the the cord and save. My cable/internet bill used to be almost $160, now it’s half that. And soon it can be more as new competitor like Sling TV and Tivo are getting ready to come to market with more online ways to watch quality shows like Scandal, Better call Saul, Grey’s Anatomy, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., etc..
This self-made rabbit watering system is an invaluable time saver. All you need is a bucket, some water feeder nipples from Ebay and 5/16″ silicone tubing (see links below):
An automatic water feeder like this keeps your water clean and prevents messes. I recommend to add 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar per 1 gallon of water to help with general health of your rabbits. This system can also be used for ferrets, chickens and other small animals.
The last two rabbit bucks, that were living in single cages, are finally bonded and get to enjoy a bigger run. In the meantime all my meat chickens and most of my older egg layers have been processed, to make room for the new generation.
An wifi picture frame allows you to share your photos with friends and relatives via instant internet uploads. I review this innovative gift idea that lets you select your photos from your phone, Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, etc. and bring them directly into the home of your loved ones.
A complete tour of my urban backyard chicken coop. This DIY coop & run was built by my dad and I. There are three nest boxes attached and accessible from outside the chicken run. The coop also has removable perches that fit up to 12 chickens.
Another mild winter day in our California backyard. A tour of our rabbity and chicken run and a take on the new California’s chicken-cage size law that came into effect Jan. 1, 2015 and how the general prize increase helps make our backyard chicken eggs more competitive.
The most important green upgrade I have done to my house. It saves me hundreds of dollars in electricity costs. A whole house fan system cools your home by drawing cooler outide air through your windows and pushing the warmer air into your attic. I use the QuietCool Fan System. It is ranked #1 in efficiency by the California Department of Energy.
A greywater system redirects used water from bathtubs, showers or sinks into the landscape to irrigate your garden. This is a cheap self-made DIY approach to help save water and money that repurposes plumbing parts available in the pool/spa tub market. Products used: Jandy Valve and Intermatic Actuator
Our broody Hen has been sitting on seven eggs. She was broody (hormonally “eager” to hatch) even before we gave her some fertile eggs, probably for at least 2 weeks. So towards the end of the hatching process something changed and she snapped out of it. Now her eggs have a bunch of embryos that are so close to hatching… Find out what happens next.
Motion activated wireless cameras are the latest development in “Smart Home Automation”. They send alerts to your phone or email, can be monitored from anywhere in the world and even allow for 2-way audio communication. In this video I take a closer look at the best selling camera the Nest Cam/Dropcam Pro.
Living in sunny LA, California, we dabble in urban homesteading: From green energy, chickens, organic veggies to smart home tech... my family and I are on a path to be more self-sufficient while growing stronger as a family.
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