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Poly Pipe Chicken Tractor | Spiral Ridge Permaculture Well… We have built several Chicken Tractors now and the latest version has been inspired by all our past tractors, needs and tractors we have seen online. Our newest version can be used for rabbits, weeder geese, meat chickens, and ducks. This tractor was designed to move from one zone of use to another without the need to remove the flock. The parts for this are all local and recycled. Like what you see? Join our free mailing list.Learn how to apply permaculture designReceive tips on living sustainablityFind out ways to reduce your carbon footprintGet special offers and discounts on coursesBe part of an emerging solution-focused movement About Cliff Davis Owner/Director at New Agrarian Design and Co-Director at Spiral Ridge Permaculture Farmer, Designer, and Educator Find more about me on:
Coming Home to Roost Gathering fresh eggs, with their exquisite pale blue, creamy white, and even chocolate brown shells, is just one of the many charms that comes with keeping chickens. As the recent chicken renaissance continues to gather momentum, coops are becoming an increasingly common sight in urban and suburban back yards around the country. The recession and an unabated interest in local and organic foods have certainly contributed to the enthusiasm for chickens, but many people who keep a small flock do so for a simple reason: Chickens make fantastic pets Getting Started Before purchasing birds or planning for a coop, it is important to check local regulations and homeowner association rules. Sometimes the rules are surprising—pleasantly. 10 Fun Facts About Chickens In communities that outlaw poultry, chicken activists are joining together to challenge the laws. Download Free Chicken Coop Plans Just enter your e-mail address to download these plans! Choosing Breeds Coop Criteria Care and Feeding
Soil and Health Library Raising Chickens for Meat: Do-it-yourself Pastured Poultry Let’s get the hard part over with first. I hug the hefty white rooster close to my chest to keep him calm on the way to the killing station. With one smooth move, I turn him upside down and place him snuggly in the cone. My left hand continues downward to gently extend his neck. I grab the knife with my right hand and swipe off his head. While he bleeds out, I dry my eyes. Strangely, it’s only because I have life-long affection for chickens that I can kill them at all. Even though I have raised them for years, I never expected to raise chickens for meat. Spring Flock In April 2008, I shared an order of Cornish cross chicks with my friend Jim. In just a few days, they were so heavy I could carry only half the flock at a time or risk breaking the bottom out of the pet carrier. Genetically programmed for less than a two-month lifespan, my flock began to look elderly as they approached their eighth week. By the end of May, our Georgia weather was unseasonably hot. Fall Flock What I Learned
the Economics of Happiness | Home Travail du sol par un tracteur à poules : l'arpent nourricier Rappel des épisodes précédents J’ai construit un poulailler nomade sans plancher qu’on appelle un tracteur à poules. J’y ai mis quatre poules naines de race Orpington. Je leur ai donné les restes de cuisine et du grain bio. Et elles m’ont donné des oeufs. Mais pas seulement. Désherbage Effectivement, après un mois sur place, les poules ont grignoté chaque plante et chaque brin d’herbe jusqu’à la racine. Contrôle des nuisibles Je n’ai pas été regarder de très près, mais je ne crois pas qu’un insecte ou qu’une limace aient pu survivre à un mois de traque, surtout à mesure que disparaissait tout couvert végétal. Compostage des déchets de cuisine Depuis l’arrivée des poules, nous avons un récipient de plus pour le tri des déchets : la gamelle des poules. Les poules ont semble-t-il apprécié ce régime, et le déversement quotidien de déchets de cuisine n’a pas transformé le poulailler en une décharge insalubre. Incorporation du compost
A Guide to Raising Chickens in Your Small Yard Your back yard is as local as you can get for food. Thousands of people around the country have started growing organic produce in their yards, and some have even taken it a step further and started raising chickens for fresh eggs. “You’ll know what the chickens ate and how they lived. As with a backyard vegetable garden, backyard chickens give you some measure of self-sufficiency,” explains Christine Heinrichs, author of How to Raise Chickens: Everything You Need to Know (Voyageur Press, 2007). THE DETAILS: About three hens will provide a family of four with plenty of eggs, but before you start salivating over the thought of fresh Sunday-morning scrambled eggs, it’s important to understand what raising backyard chickens entails. MORE DETAILS: If you can cope with chicken poop on a regular basis (it’s an amazing addition to your compost operation!) Prepping for poultry • Is it legal? • Do the math. • Plan a henhouse. Opt for knotty cedar for the floor; the rest can be made out of pine.
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