[permaculture] new article: concerns about the way most people raise chickens

gil carandang gil_carandang at hotmail.com
Wed Aug 5 22:09:48 EDT 2009


you guys should raise the chicken the natural farming way. sawdust media in the coop, rotational pasture (fenced).
gil

> Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2009 11:32:06 -0500
> From: forestgarden at gvtc.com
> To: permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [permaculture] new article: concerns about the way most people raise chickens
> 
> Hi Paul,
> 
> That is an excellent article.  I had a few good laughs recalling a 
> similar journey we've been on.  The chicken tractor which was touted as 
> the cure-all for everything turned out to be just too much work.  And 
> the photos of poop and ripped up mulch!  LOL.  I too have come to the 
> conclusion that rotating between four or so semi-permanent pens is the 
> way to go for the next round of chickens we have.  At the moment we have 
> a completely true free range flock which I invested time in getting them 
> roosting and generally living in an area away from the house - yes, they 
> normally would love to live and roost right by us and shit over 
> everything if they could.   We have enough room for them to be away from 
> us, and I raised them as chicks under the tree I wanted them to roost 
> in.  I also use the ambitions of my young son and his BB gun to keep the 
> chickens away from the house.  Any birds that cause trouble in the 
> gardens or orchard or are mean, get eaten right away - and the entire 
> flock does learn from that.  So I am pretty happy with my true range 
> flock.  But if I ever need to setup somewhere else, I would do the 
> rotating paddocks planted with periennials that feed the chickens. 
> 
> Thanks for the posting.
> 
> Marjory
> 
> 
> 
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> 
> paul wheaton wrote:
> > For years I've tried to tell people about stuff that I think is a bit
> > of a better way to raise chickens. But it all comes out sounding like
> > crazy talk. So for the last few weeks I've been trying to write it as
> > one gob that gets the point across. I think this now gets the point
> > across!
> >
> > http://www.richsoil.com/chickens.jsp
> >
> > Please tell me what you think!
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