The Small-scale Poultry Flock: An All-natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers

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Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011 - House & Home - 394 pages
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The most comprehensive guide to date on raising all-natural poultry for the small-scale farmer, homesteader, and professional grower. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock offers a practical and integrative model for working with chickens and other domestic fowl, based entirely on natural systems.

Readers will find information on growing (and sourcing) feed on a small scale, brooding (and breeding) at home, and using poultry as insect and weed managers in the garden and orchard. 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 poultry farmers seeking to close their loop. Ussery offers extensive information on:

  • The definition of an integrated poultry flock (imitation of natural systems, integrating patterns, and closing the circle)
  • Everything you need to know about your basic chicken (including distinctive points about anatomy and behavior that are critical to management)
  • Extended information on poultry health and holistic health care, with a focus on prevention

  • Planning your flock (flock size, choosing breeds, fowl useful for egg vs. meat production, sourcing stock)
  • How to breed and brood the flock (including breeding for genetic conservation), including the most complete guide to working with broody hens available anywhere
  • Making and mixing your own feed (with tips on equipment, storage, basic ingredients, technique, grinding and mixing)
  • Providing more of the flock's feed from sources grown or self-foraged on the homestead or farm, 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 for tillage of cover crops and weeds
  • Recipes for great egg and poultry dishes (including Ussery's famous chicken stock!)
  • 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. This is a truly invaluable guide that will lead farmers and homesteaders into a new world of self-reliance and enjoyment.

 

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Contents

Chapter 6 Housing
75
Why Bother? Materials for Deep Litter 82 Alchemy
81
Your Basic Bird Chapter 9 Pasturing the Flock
96
Successes and Failures 104 Caring
107
Putting the Flock to Work Chapter 20 One Big Happy Family
199
A Question of Balance Neighbors
215
Feeding the SmallScale Flock Treating Illness or Injuries 220 The Future of Gallus gallus domesticusin My Backyard
221
Purchased Feeds Waterfowl 228 Guineas 234 Turkeys
235
Butchering Poultry
281
Poultry in the Kitchen
307
The Big Picture
327
Making a Dustbox
337
Duck Confit Convenience Food
346
Spreadsheets for Tracking Egg
354
Glossary
365
Index
383

Breeding the SmallScale Flock
242
Cultivating Recomposers for At the End ofthe Season
256
About the Author
395
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About the author (2011)

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.

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