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Raising Chickens 2.0: No More Coop and Run!

Raising Chickens 2.0: No More Coop and Run!
After years and years of scraping/shoveling/scrubbing chicken poop I now have a system where I don't scrape/shovel/scrub any chicken poop. After years and years of selling meat/eggs for just a hair more than I paid for the feed, I've almost eliminated feed costs. After years and years of not being able to take a few days away from the chickens, I now have a system where I can go more than a week. At any given time when raising chickens I thought what I was doing at that time was "the best" only later to learn of something I like better. Now, when somebody asks about my opinion on the way they are raising chickens, I find myself tongue-tied. I see their chickens standing in shit all day, eating feed made from grains (and other things) considered too awful for human consumption. To build a foundation, I need to first explore the other ways that I'm aware of raising chickens. logic, reason, passion and raising chickens Hooooooo doggy! This document is a work in progress. "Dammit! bug factor

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Raising Earthworms to Feed the Flock Note that I have decided to duplicate the article in the Composting section, The Boxwood Vermicomposting System, so that it appears here as well, offering the option of cultivating earthworms as high-protein feed for poultry. The original article, published in the April/May 2008 issue of Backyard Poultry Magazine, was titled “Poultry Feed from Worm Bins.” Regular visitors to this site know I am always looking for integrated patterns in which one element in the homestead, food-self-sufficiency enterprise supports and enables another; in which problems transform into benefits; and in which the homesteader finds unexpected synergies—that is, biological efficiencies that surpass in sophistication and beauty the crude “efficiencies” of machine and chemical agriculture.

Sepp Holzer's Pigs Agriculture While most people think they are mending the world's problems by contemplating light bulbs or buying "organic", there are thousands of people making a more significant difference. And out of those thousands there are a few dozen trail blazers. And out of those few dozen there is one guy that is WAY out ahead of the pack. The mighty, the glorious, the amazing ... Farmers markets move online It isn’t always easy finding fresh, high-quality food in this country. Supermarkets with their long, complex supply chains usually offer unripe or subpar produce that leaves a lot to be desired. But the usual alternative methods of provision have distinct limitations.

Best Chicken Breeds for Eggs, Meat and Dual Purpose Varieties with Photos then you should be looking at keeping:Rhode Island RedsPlymouth RocksOrpingtonsWyandottes My Opinion on the Best Chicken Breeds for Eggs As far as I am concerned, the best chicken laying breeds are by far the White Leghorns , the Plymouth Rocks, and the Rhode Island Reds. In the past I have kept Rhode Island Reds crossed with Light Sussex and they are excellent layers too producing eggs 6 days out of 7 during the laying season.

RABBITS AND REDWORMS- Sustainability Above and Below! When raising rabbits if you have a few cages or a large rabbitry you can raise, grow, and harvest worms and compost under your rabbit cages or hutches. Raising worms under your hutches this will help control the smells and insects that can be a problem with the acculmated waste under the cages and hutches. The worms will reuse the rabbit manure and wasted feed from the hutches and turn it into a dark, nutrient-rich, finely-textured humus Raising rabbits and worms together works so well because the nutrients in rabbit droppings and the wasted rabbit food and hay contains the perfect mix as a food source and as a bedding for the worms.

Joel Salatin workshop part 4 – Pigaerators Pigaerator Pork is Joel’s term for the pigs he uses in a couple of ways on his farm. Joel is famous for his use of “stacking” various enterprises on his farm, and the pigs are a classic example of how he does this. If you break the word down – “pig” and “aerator”, you pretty much know what their primary function is on Joel’s farm – I should end the post here! But I’m not going to – I have plenty of notes to share: 4. Poo - The Chicken Keeper's Guide - The Poultry Pages - Allotment and Vegetable Gardening Below are pictures of Chicken Droppings kindly donated by our members (the pictures not the poo). Normal Picture taken by Catsmuvva

The How & Why Of Free-Range Chickens If you have purchased eggs from a retailer recently, then you know that the most expensive eggs for sale are the ones known as “cage-free” or “free-range." Why should these eggs have a higher value than the average commercial eggs? Part of the reason for this higher value is because these eggs cost more money to produce; however, they are better, healthier eggs all the way around. They have a higher nutritional value and the hens themselves are healthier than the caged birds kept under artificial light and fed a steady commercial diet. True free-range chickens are those that range outdoors on pasture.

THE BENEFITS AND USES OF RABBIT MANURE Anyone who comes to the rabbitry and my homestead will see our many gardens. I have been asked many times what is your secret. You must use miracle grow they say. I just chuckle, thinking they just opened up a can of worms, and worms love rabbit manure! portable / moveable animal pens (critter care forum at permies) I thought that I would share what we have done for movable pens for some of our livestock: This is a photo of the pen for our hogs. the task that the hogs have is to plow up some more sod for an extension of the garden, space for berry and grape vines and a garden area closer to the house for herbs and greens. We bought three 16' long livestock panels for $26.99 each. One was cut in half, and I welded some short pieces of pipe to the ends of the panels so that a piece of rebar acts a post to secure the corners and mid points. This gives us a 8' x 16' pen that can be moved easily by one person.

Raising Chickens For Meat: DIY 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.