Friday, March 27, 2009

Balancing the Budget...

Here is the latest tally of what we've spent so far to get our property ready to be an urban farmstead. On the right side of the blog, you will notice that I added a ticker to help to keep track of the money generated by the incubator. After all, it has to pay for itself! I have separated the expenses by category:

CHICKEN EQUIPMENT - Budget $200 - Only $103 left!
Children's Playhouse..................$80
Plastic Dishpan.......................$ 1
Plastic Crate.........................$ 1
Diatomaceous Earth....................$15
Crushed Eggshells.....................$ 0
Poultry Waterer Heater................$ 0
Poultry Feeder........................$ 0
Oyster Shell Dish.....................$ 0
Brooder Construction..................$ 0

Garden - Budget $300 - Only $150 left!
Member to Member Seedswaps............$ 5
Mushroom Kit..........................$28
12 Raspberry Canes................$26
Assorted Fruit Order..............$63
Plant Labels..............................$ 3
Recycled Wood.........................$27
Concrete Edging.......................$2

Aquaculture - Budget $300

Miscellaneous - Budget $200 - Only $13 left!
1000 Mealworms........................$20
Oatmeal...............................$ 4
Aquarium Brooder.............$ 0
Potatoes..............................$ 0
Plastic Bins..........................$12
Quail Supplies....................$23
Quail Eggs.........................$29
Welded Wire.....................$26
Chicken Eggs....................$74

4 comments:

fullfreezer said...

Even though you're getting close in several areas, you've got the big expenses out of the way. Now, things can start paying off. I'm interested in seeing how the quail venture turns out.
Judy

Patrice Farmer said...

You are doing well. Good for you.

ChristyACB said...

I'm with Judy. I'm also really interested to read updates on how your Quail venture goes.

And as far as budget, it looks to me like you're really doing well! You must be really finding great deals and I congratulate you on the wise spending. I wish I had done it as wisely as you.

TheMartianChick said...

Thank you all! It is really coming together. I now have even more quail eggs in the incubator, thanks to Brad at Rich Heritage! (It was his first time shipping eggs via mail and he outdid himself with the packaging.)With a little bit of luck, we should have 2 hatches of quail within a few weeks!

We may have to reallocate some of the available money to other areas in order to make everything work. We did come up with a cheaper way to do the tilapia, so there will be some additional savings there that can go toward something else.

We'll probably visit the Habitat Re-Store again this week to see if they have anything else that we can use. I cannot stress enough how much lumber and brick we have been able to obtain there to make a lot of our projects possible.