The Dowie Farm Blog


December 5, 2017

I bought some clearance sausage patties, slapped some plastic cheese on there, and topped it with some pretentious quail eggs. Watch the video. I hope you are entertained. 

There are a lot of uses for these delicious little buggers. You just have to be creative. I really believe that quail are the most efficient and productive small homestead animal. Everyone should have a half dozen in a cage somewhere. I raise ours in an aviary, but they...

December 3, 2017

Hey, we're hatching new quail soon because quail egg demand has been way up. Join us on the journey. I am doing YouTube videos and stuff to document the process. 

The first video is a recap of the set up of the Little Giant incubator. Again, I don't necessarily recommend going out and picking up one to do what I did. There are probably better incubators on the market for similar money to this one with all of the mods. But, I already had it and...

September 29, 2016

Well, as you maybe read in my previous blog post from 4/27/16, we managed to get some eggs into the incubator. We had very mixed hatching results. We hatched about 30% of 120 eggs, which is not very good at all. To that point though, we did set about 20 undersized eggs, and half of the eggs we set were purchased on facebook, which yielded poor results. That's why all of today's quail eggs incubating are all at least 14 grams and are from our o...

September 17, 2016

So, we have officially leased and assembled a new place to grow our delicious microgreens! We were quickly outgrowing our space here at the farm, and had no realistic options to grow here, so thanks to some deep searching, we came across an 800sf (second level, ugh) growing space complete with a private bathroom, and office partition, and a nice open space for growing, planting, harvesting, and packaging. 

We obviously needed stuff to make this...

May 1, 2016

Mmmmmm. Carbonara. One of my most favorite things to eat in the world. You can imaging how much it must suck to be diabetic (type 2) and not be able to eat pasta anymore. But, enter Spaghetti Squash. The pasta impostor squash, that tastes nothing like squash, and more like pasta. Once mixed with a sauce, you would really never know. 


And, another use for raw eggs. For what it's worth, raw eggs are actually more nutritious than eggs that have b...

April 29, 2016

Most days, I can't decide what to eat at some point. I need something that is great, filling, and pretty clost to zer carbs. I need something that has a glycemic index of less than 10. So, I eat raw egg eggnog. I know most people immediately picture Rocky downing raw eggs when they think of drinking raw eggs, but this is nothing like it. Lately, I have been using our Quail eggs, because we have an abundance of those. Sometimes I use chicken eg...

April 27, 2016

A few months ago, we decided it would be the right time to start setting up for a round of hatching some new quail for egg production. Obviously, we would end up with some males as well, that would eventually graduate to freezer camp. But, that’s beside the point. Here is some info on what we did to prepare our incubator. The beginning of a few blog posts about incubating. Including the Great Quail Fail of April 2016!!!


March 19, 2016

Lots of ducks equals lots of manure!


We scored with a local tree service hooking us up with unlimited wood chips throughout the year. We use it for everything. We use it for mulch, ground cover to keep the dog out of muddy spots (sometimes), but most of all, we use chips as bedding in our main duck holding area. (shout out to Turner Tree service in Derry, NH)


So, each spring we empty out the duck pen. Then we layer in about 6" of wood chips. T...

October 11, 2015

Well, last Tuesday farmer jenny went out to find 6 new ducklings in the greenhouse! We ended up with 3 making it. Long story sort of, but rookie mistakes and mother nature took 3. We are excited to have our first ducklings ever hatched under a duck here on Dowie Farm. Most of the time, if you let a broody duck sit on a nest, she will fail, get bored, have duck A.D.D., whatever. Apparently the deal is you get 2 of them isolated, and candle the...

April 13, 2015

Spring is upon us and after a long hard winter we are just starting to get things going. We are going to be adding a lot to this blog soon, so subscribe and stay tuned as Jenny and I update you on all of our Microgreen and Duck happenings! Here is to a great 2015 season!


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