Harvey’s Coming Presentations
Asheville, North Carolina, November 10-13: I will give several presentations at Sustainable Poultry Network-USA’s 2016 conference. If you attend, be sure to say Hello!
- Thursday, November 10, 8:00 to noon: “The Hard-Working, Sustainable Homestead Flock”
Do you aspire to a more sustainable homestead? If so, please don’t think of your flock as pampered feathered pets who supply the family’s eggs as a bonus. Think of them instead as hard-working homestead partners. Creative management strategies allow the flock to forage more of their own feed—and in the process accomplish real-world work in the garden and orchard: tillage, insect patrol, making compost, and more. Of course, a truly sustainable flock is one that self-reproduces. Breeding our own improved stock really is a viable (and fun) option, even at homestead scale! And always, “sustainable” is about more than dollars and cents, but as well about the flock’s “fit” into the homestead ecology—its potential contribution to soil nutrient cycles, turning organic “wastes”into resources, and helping balance insect populations.
- Friday, November 11 ~ 8:00 to noon: “How to Diagnosis Problems in Your Flock” (panel discussion)
This panel discussion of poultry health issues will be led by Dr. Mark Bland, followed by a Q & A with participation as well by Jeff Mattocks (of Fertrell), Kenny Troiano (poultry breeding expert), and yours truly.
- Saturday, November 12 ~ 8:00 to 10:00: “Flock Housing and Predator Protection for Backyard Poultry”
Providing shelter for the flock from predators and bad weather can be simple, either by modifying an existing structure or building from scratch. But proper housing is not just about structure—it must address issues of best manure management, adequate ventilation (probably a lot more than you think), and prevention of rodent infestations. Many flock owners “go mobile” with an array of coops that are easily moved. Protection from predators is as important during the day as at night, and can be provided by electric net fencing, guardian dogs, and other livestock such as geese.
- Saturday, November 12 ~ 1:30 to 3:00: “Feeding the Flock from Home Resources”
Though most of us will remain dependent on purchased feed for at least a portion of our flock’s diet, you may be surprised to learn how much access you can give your poultry to a wide array of natural, no-cost, high-octane feeds—many of which they can harvest themselves! Best of all, in the process of making us more independent of manufactured feeds, they can help with the real-world work of the homestead and farm—tillage, insect patrol, compost making, and more.
- “Office Hours”
The conference will feature as well “Office Hours”, an opportunity for face-to-face consultation with speakers. I have agreed to be available for four hours of “Office Hours”, and will post here when they have been assigned a schedule.