[permaculture] Fwd: [SANET-MG] Biodynamics Now! Podcast Looking for Your Input for an Interview Tomorrow with Harvey Ussery, author of "The Small-Scale Poultry Flock"

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lflj at bellsouth.net
Wed Mar 28 09:29:00 EDT 2012

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Subject: [SANET-MG] Biodynamics Now! Podcast Looking for Your Input for 
an Interview Tomorrow with Harvey Ussery, author of "The Small-Scale 
Poultry Flock"
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 09:17:00 -0400
From: dylanford <dylanford at OPTONLINE.NET>

Another forward from Allan Balliett

Folks -

Long time friend, neighbor and mentor, as well as  the best selling
author at the wonderful Chelsea Green Press, Harvey Ussery, has agreed
to talk with us at the BD Now! Podcast tomorrow evening about his book
"The Small-Scale Poultry Flock."

I"m writing this note to ask you to be part of Harvey's  interview process.

I started the Biodynamics Now! Investigative Farming and Restorative
Nutrition Podcast in the hope that I could use the low cost
broadcasting capabilities of podcasting to enable the "Wisdom of the
Cloud" to extract more appropriate and practical information from
important writers like Harvey.

Hopefully, you've already read his book, which will make asking a
great question much easier.

If you haven't, you can get a fair overview of his book at
www.bdnow.org right now, though. (Or, just read on.)

Asking questions of Harvey through the BD Now! podcast will give you a
chance to here Harvey's answer in his own voice when the podcast is

What I want to ask of you is, if you haven't already, take a look at
Harvey's book and then go to the www.bdnow.org (leave your questions
under 'reply' in the Harvey Ussery section of www.bdnow.org)  and
leave any questions you have for Harvey at the site. I'll try to use
your questions to get more information from Harvey  when I talk to him
this coming Thursday. You can ask your questions anonymously or you
can have your name mentioned on the program along with your question.
The program is not broadcast live at this time, so there are no call
in questions or interactive questions.

What I'm trying to get to with this is to draw out the questions that
came into your mind as you read the book and, for one reason or
another, you didn't feel the book answered. Along with this are ideas
of your own that the book instigated and you'd like to know what
Harvey thinks of your ideas.

Myself, I'm really impressed by Harvey's approach to on farm
production of protein for the flock, something that will remove small
farmers from their dependence upon soy as a reliable source of
protein. That and his various ideas for getting us off from buying in
all of our poultry feeds.


-Allan Balliett
WAPF Chapter Leader
Fresh and Local CSA Farmer
Biodynamics Now! Investigative Farming and Restorative Nutrition podcast

Harvey Ussery
     Harvey Ussery, author of "The Small Scale Poultry Flock"
     At Amazon, here: http://tinyurl.com/cc4xguw

Harvey Ussery has been developing his whole-systems poultry husbandry
for decades and has been writing about chickens and other fowl for
Backyard Poultry since the inception of the magazine in early 2006. He
has also written numerous articles for Mother Earth News and
Countryside & Small Stock Journal, and has published in American
Pastured Poultry Producers Association's newsletter, Grit!, over the
years. Ussery has presented at national and local events on poultry,
homesteading, and energy and sustainability issues, and maintains a
highly informative website, TheModernHomestead.US. He lives with his
wife, Ellen, in Virginia.

"Harvey Ussery and his wife Ellen are activists in the local foods
movement. They produce all their own poultry and eggs, and grow most
of their own vegetables, year-round, on their small farm in northern
Virginia, and further reduce dependence on the supermarket by
purchasing most of the remainder of their food from local producers.
Harvey has contributed frequently to Mother Earth News, Backyard
Poultry, and Countryside magazines. His book, The Small-Scale Poultry
Flock: An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for
Home and Market Growers, sets a new standard for holistic poultry
husbandry. " ACRES USA

The Small-Scale Poultry Flock
An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home
and Market Growers
By Harvey Ussery
Foreword by Joel Salatin
Pub Date: October, 2011

At last, longtime farmer Harvey Ussery has created the most
comprehensive and definitive guide to date on raising all natural
poultry for the homesteader and small farmer. His new
book, The Small-Scale Poultry Flock, offers a practical and
integrative model for working with chickens and other
domestic fowl, based entirely on natural systems.
Ussery’s model presents an entirely sustainable system that
can be adapted and utilized in a variety of scales, and will
prove invaluable for beginner homesteaders, growers
looking to incorporate poultry into their farm, or farmers
seeking to close their loop, including extensive information
• Formulating and making your own feed
• How to breed and brood the flock (for breed improvement and for
genetic conservation), including the most complete guide to working
with broody hens available anywhere
• Providing more of the flock’s feed from sources grown or
self-foraged, including production of live protein feeds using
earthworms and soldier grubs
• Using poultry to increase soil fertility, control crop damaging
insects, and to make compost—
including systems for pasturing and tillage of cover crops and weeds
• And one of the best step-by-step poultry butchering guides
available, complete with extensive illustrative photos.
No other book on raising poultry takes an entirely whole-systems
approach, or discusses producing homegrown feed and breeding in such
detail—it is truly an invaluable and groundbreaking guide that will
lead farmers and homesteaders into a new world of self-reliance and

The Small-Scale Poultry Flock
An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home
and Market Growers

With information on building soil fertility, replacing purchased feed,
and working with poultry in the garden.

The most comprehensive guide to date on raising organic poultry for
the backyard farmer, homesteader, and professional grower. Harvey
Ussery offers a comprehensive and practical whole-systems, integrative
approach to animal husbandry, including growing your own feed,
brooding at home, and poultry as weed managers in the garden

The Small-Scale Poultry Flock
An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home
and Market Growers
by Harvey Ussery
Foreword by Joel Salatin
Table of Contents

Part One: Getting Started
Chapter 1. Why Bother?
Chapter 2. The Integrated Small-Scale Flock
Chapter 3. Your Basic Bird
Chapter 4. Planning the Flock
Chapter 5. Starting the Flock

Part Two: Basic Care
Chapter 6. Housing
Chapter 7. Manure Management in the Poultry House: The Joys of Deep Litter
Chapter 8. Watering
Chapter 9. Pasturing the Flock
Chapter 10. Managing the Pastured Flock Using Electronet
Chapter 11. Mobile Shelters

Part Three: Working Partners
Chapter 12. Putting the Flock to Work
Chapter 13. Chickens in the Garden
Chapter 14. A Question of Balance

Part Four: Feeding the Small-Scale Flock
Chapter 15. Thoughts on Feeding
Chapter 16. Purchased Feeds
Chapter 17. Making Our Own Feeds
Chapter 18. Feeding the Flock from Home Resources
Chapter 19. Cultivating Recomposers for Poultry Feed

Part Five: Other Management Issues
Chapter 20. One Big Happy Family
Chapter 21. Protecting the Flock from Predators
Chapter 22. Helping the Flock Stay Healthy
Chapter 23. Managing the Winter Flock
Chapter 24. Other Domestic Fowl

Part Six: Breeding the Small-Scale Flock
Chapter 25. Breeding for Conservation and Breed Improvement
Chapter 26. Managing the Breeding Season
Chapter 27. Working with Broody Hens

Part Seven: Poultry for the Table
Chapter 28. Butchering Poultry
Chapter 29. Poultry in the Kitchen
Chapter 30. Serving Small Local Markets

Epilogue: The Big Picture
Appendix A: Making Trap Nests
Appendix B: Making a Dustbox
Appendix C: Making a Mobile A-Frame Shelter
Appendix D: Duck Confit, Convenience Food Extraordinaire
Appendix E: A Feed Formulation Spreadsheet
Appendix F: Spreadsheets for Tracking Egg and Broiler Costs and Profits
Appendix G: Natural Eggs and Industrial Eggs Compared
Appendix H: Resources
About the Author

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