Is back on track!

For all those of you who have been trying to join the Urban Homestead webring this week and were experincing problems, we are happy to report everything is (I think) back in working order. RingSurf was upgrading their website which caused a few glitches here and there for new members.

The ring’s mission is bringing together city folks on the path, who are taking steps to live a more self sufficient life.

The Urban Homestead Ring is back and accepting members. Join Today!

:: Ring Requirements ::

Definition of “Urban”: less than or no more than 1/2 acre – 3/4 acres.

Urban Homesteading Lifestyle Guidelines: doing more with less, growing a sizeable % (at least 50 percent) own produce (fruits, vegetables, herbs), raising citified animals (at least chickens, rabbits), composting, producing own alternative energy, alternative heating, using alternative transportation, back to basics skills, simple living, powering down, unplugged lifestyle, homegrown diet, operating a viable home based business, home-unschooling, energy and waters conservation practices, greywater and rainwater practices and more!

Being the change we wish to see by living the solution on a daily basis.

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  1. Kaitlin says:

    I have a question for Jordanne,

    I just got 3 little chicks last week and I’m having trouble getting them to like me or feel safe with me. They hate being held, and they panic when I approach the brooder.

    I’ve raised ducklings before and there were no problems like this – they were quite cuddly and trusting – from the very beginning.

    This situation doesn’t seem normal, given what I have seen on the web from comments made by others who raise chicks.

    Do you think this is possible that this is because they’re bantams who are more skiddish? Or because there are 3 of them? Or because I’m doing something wrong.

    Do you have any tips?


  2. P~ says:

    Kaitlin, I’m no Jordanne, but I have noticed with my birds (which are approx. 1 1/2 months old.) that the White leghorn breeds I have are very skiddish. They do not like being picked up, and will scurry around when they can to avoid my touch. My Barred Rocks however are the exact opposite. They will climb into my hand and sit on a shoulder if I let them. It may just be a breed issue. Good luck to you. Jordanne will probably have better advice.

    P.S. Jordanne, did you ever recieve my emails regarding the dev stuff?

  3. Kaitlin says:

    Thanks P~

    Just FYI, to Jordanne or whoever, my breeds are Golden Lace Wyandotte (she’s the most skittish, and the only non-bantam) a Sebright, and one other that we don’t actually know because the bantams at the farm store all come in a big batch. But she looks kind of like a sparrow.

    The Sebright is the least skittish of the three, but now I’m starting to worry that she is actually a he, and maybe that is why. But she/he is the only one that can stand being apart from the others and that can relax when being held, though not nearly as much as my ducklings did.

  4. Wendy says:

    I’d LOVE to join the “urban homesteading ring”. Unfortunately, I don’t qualify, because we don’t have an alternative energy source, yet, and we don’t do anything with our greywater. In Maine, a greywater system isn’t really feasible, as it tends to freeze 🙂 … I did actually check into it when we had to replace our septic system and I wanted a composting toilet and greywater system, but my husband wanted a traditional tank/leach field system. My way would have been cheaper ;).

    I’ll keep working toward meeting those qualifications, though, and someday, maybe I can really consider myself an “urban homesteader.”

  5. Anais says:

    Hello Wendy

    We’d like to have you join! Since these “qualifications” are just a basic outline to show the urban homesteading journey.

    Basically, trying to show that urban homesteading is a lifestyle that involves many steps. The ring’s mission is bringing together folks on the path, who are taking steps to live a more self sufficient life.

    Of course, there are exceptions and we were just trying to help define the Urban Homestead Ring – it’s more than just growing food or just backyard animals or just making biodiesel. It’s everything – food, water, energy, waste, transportation, animals, crafts, etc.

    Hope that makes sense!

  6. Anais says:

    Ok folks, since there seems to be confusion over “Qualifications,” have change to “Guidelines” to define Urban Homesteading.

    Hope that helps.

  7. P~ says:

    I may just be a scofflaw by nature, but I was operating under the assumption that these were things we were all working toward and hopefully going to be able to help each other learn about and support through the growing process. There’s more than one thing on that list that we don’t have/do, but I joined nonetheless. If we all had this lifestyle down pat, why would we need to share it with each other? I personally hope to see you there.
    Anais, If I don’t meet the “guidlines”, let me know.


  8. Kristi J says:

    I may have joined the ring. I may not have joined the ring. I executed the steps necessary and tried to put the banner on my page but my page is on AOL journals and I didn’t see an add banner option anywhere. I put the code in the favorite links area but I am not sure if it is going to work. If anyone knows something about the web stuff I would appreciate some input.

  9. Kristi J says:

    Yippee! I got it to work. I stumbled into it but the banner is on there. Now off to play with my page somemore. Thank you Little Homestead for being a constant inspiration.

  10. Anais says:

    Welcome to the fellowship of the ring

    Glad to have you!

  11. Babyzen says:

    I HAVE the banner on my page but it still won’t let me activate for some reason, maybe some other time

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