[NAFEX] poultry in orchards

road's end farm organic101 at linkny.com
Sun May 15 15:11:50 EDT 2005

On May 15, 2005, at 2:00 PM, Joe Hecksel wrote:

> 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?

You know this. I know this. The Federal Government lives indoors.

I will grant that the quantity is likely to be less than if livestock 
are deliberately pastured there.

> Surely they do not decertify if a single grasshopper makes a pellet 
> within the confines of the planting.

Not yet, at least. Nor for ordinary presence of any of the other wild 

Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly

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