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