[NAFEX] poultry in orchards

Joe Hecksel jhecksel at voyager.net
Sun May 15 14:00:46 EDT 2005



road's end farm wrote:

> 
> On May 11, 2005, at 11:30 PM, kieran or donna wrote:
> 
>> A few years ago there was some discussion
>> of organic orchards here, and someone referred to an observation that 
>> most
>> organic orchards that were doing well were pretty heavily stocked with
>> poultry.
> 
> 
> Recent restrictions about timing of fresh manure applications on 
> certified fields have put some crimp in this; unfortunately, in my 
> opinion, though I agree some reasonable caution is necessary. If you're 
> not trying to get certified, either don't use drops or wash them well 
> first. If you are interested in certification, check with your certifier 
> about what times of year you can allow the birds in.


Hmmm!   How do you stop the wilde beasties from pooping on/in your 
orchard?  Surely they do not decertify if a single grasshopper makes a 
pellet within the confines of the planting.


> 
> --Rivka
> Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly
> 
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