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Harvey’s book now available!
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
“Here's the ultimate book for those who want to know everything there is to know about raising poultry. And every detail is backed up by the author's own (and often entertaining) experiences. I could not find—in this encyclopedic array of chicken knowhow—one detail that I would quibble with.”
—Gene Logsdon, author of Holy Shit and The Contrary Farmer
With information on building soil fertility, replacing purchased feed, and working with poultry in the garden
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Unlike our ancestors, many of whom lived on traditional homesteads and small farms, most of us today have the apparent “luxury” of buying all our food in the marketplace. The decision to forego that luxury and work hard to produce more of our own food is a fundamental one. We are thus making not simply one more selection from the Lazy Susan of available food choices, but choosing a way of life, a new direction.
This site is dedicated to the skills and philosophy for more self-reliant living. Whether you have access to fifty acres or only a patio pot, you have the opportunity to produce more of your own food for yourself and your family, to enter more fully into the yearly cycle, and to know your place in the web of life.
New on the Site
- January 6, 2015: I have added three pages in the Poultry section:
- “Icelandic Chickens: My Ideal Homestead Flock” is my original version of the article of the same title published in the October/November 2104 issue of Mother Earth News, as far as I know the first introduction to this colorful and fascinating landrace in this country, possibly in English. I have completed my second full year keeping “Icies” as my homestead breed of choice, and breeding all my own stock. I love these birds and am pleased to present them to you here.
- As said above, I am breeding all my own stock in my Icelandics flock. “Using the Clan Mating System: Low-Input Breeding for Maximum Genetic Diversity in Small Flocks” is an introduction, using both text and graphics, to a mating system that has much to offer in a homestead or small farm breeding project. Please don’t assume that poultry breeding is just for “the big boys” of the poultry industry. Like gardeners who save their own seed, we can if we breed conscientiously improve the quality of our flocks and better adapt them to our specific conditions with each generation.
- Essential to breeding our own stock is keeping good records, and that requires proper identification of breeders. “Flock Identification: Toe Punching and Numbered Bandettes” is a brief overview, again using both text and graphics, of application in actual practice of the two (out of many) ID options I am using in my breeding program.