Tag Archives forChickens

Deep Litter Composting With Chickens

Deep Litter Composting With Chickens

About an 8 to 10 minute read | 25th April, 2022

An earth-floor, deep-litter system has big benefits for the health and well-being of chickens, and it's also the easiest way I know to build an ongoing compost creation system in which most of the work is done for you. 

This article shares what we've learned about deep-litter composting since we  built our new earth floor chicken shed in 2019.

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Happy Meat, Happy Ecosystems, Happy People

Cattle standing under trees

Happy Meat, Happy Ecosystems, Happy People

About a 10 minute read
21st Feb, 2022

What is "happy meat?"

Is meat-eating inherently destructive, or can we have “happy ecosystems” along with happy meat?

What does meat-eating mean for human health on a more-than physical levelAnd what about avoiding eating animal products because you care about animals' welfare?

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Home Dairying, Banana Milkshakes, and Spare Egg Whites

Home-Dairying, Banana Milkshakes, and Spare Egg Whites

About a 3 minute read
14th Feb, 2022

This super-short post is not an in depth how-to post. It has commentary on home-dairying, a tongue-in-cheek recipe for raw-milk banana milkshake, and something easy and useful to do with your egg whites when you only need the yolks. There are also a few links to related resources that I hope you'll find helpful.

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Farm Update: In the Garden

Farm Update: In the Garden

about a 3 minute read, lots of pics
7th Feb, 2022

Pictures and commentary from our garden. Plants that get a particular mention are pawpaws and sweet potatoes, and there are brief references to quite a few other food plants/herbs, most of them with links to further reading if you're interested..  

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Beyond Eggs: How to Keep Chickens Happy in Confinement

​​​BEYOND EGGS:
How to Keep Chickens ​Happy ​​in Confinement

​Approximately a ​6 minute read | Part 3 of ​a Series

The best way to have healthy, happy chickens is to integrate them into a thriving, bustling ecosystem that benefits from their presence. T​he alternative is keeping them in an environment that cannot sustain them – as in the typical coop-and-run that starts out green and ends up bare and brown. 

In this article, I’ll share ideas for keeping chickens as busy and well fed in a deep litter system as they are when out foraging for themselves – while also contributing to the care of the garden or farm system that they are part of, rather than being a drain on it.

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Beyond Eggs – 8 Advantages of Deep Litter Housing for Chickens

BEYOND EGGS:
Eight Advantages of Deep Litter

Approximately a 6 minute read | Part 2 of a Series

This article series is about managing your chicken flock effectively so that ALL of their outputs, not just the eggs, are put to good use in service of the ecosystem they live within – your garden or farm.

In Part 1 we looked through this lens at the pros and cons of allowing unlimited free range and of using mobile pens. 

Here, I’ll describe the advantages of deep litter and explain why we’re trialing a deep litter run with no outside foraging. 

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Beyond Eggs – Pros and Cons of Free Range and Mobile Pens

BEYOND EGGS:
Pros and Cons of Free Range and Mobile Pens

Approximately a 7 to 8 minute read | Part 1 of a Series | Also published at Permaculture.Org

Well-managed chickens can provide eggs and meat as well as composting assistance, sanitation and pest reduction, soil amendment services, and entertainment.

But poorly managed chickens tend to focus all their talents and energy into very destructive pursuits, as you know if you’ve had your seedlings repeatedly dug up or your fruit trees efficiently de-mulched.

How can we harness all that chickens have to offer, in ways that keep everybody happy, healthy and productive?

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Backyard Chickens, and the Interconnectedness of All Things – Part 3

​Backyard Chickens & the interconnectedness of ​everything - Part 3 

Part 3 of a Series ​Approximately a 6 ​minute read | Originally published ​19th October, 2018, on PermacultureNews.org

Large grey rooster

This article shares the funny antics of one of our roosters, whose stories include such things as nesting boxes, ​interested hens, and a falling wheelbarrow. 

It concludes on a more serious note, with the question,

"Can good husbandry, regenerative agriculture, and morally right living, be defined in terms of happiness and connection?"

If you are interested only in ​rooster adventures, this article will be fine to read by itself.

But if you missed the earlier articles in the series, and you’re interested in what backyard chickens have to do with the interconnectedness of all things, you’ll need to go back to the beginning of Part 1. Part 2, if you need it, is here.

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Backyard Chickens, and the Interconnectedness of All Things. Part 2

​Backyard Chickens, and the Interconnectedness of All Things - Part 2

Part 2 of a Series | ​Approximately a 6 ​minute read
Originally published ​10th October, 2018, on PermacultureNews.org


​This article is Part 2 of a Series that is mostly about chickens – not how to care for them, but how to appreciate them as being more complex and interesting than most of us give them credit for.

If you are interested only in chickens, and especially mother hens and chicks, this article will be fine to read by itself. But if you want to know more about where interconnectedness comes into the story, and why it’s important, you’ll need to go back and read the beginning of Part 1.

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Backyard Chickens, and the Interconnectedness of All Things. Part 1

​Backyard Chickens, and the Interconnectedness of All Things - Part 1

​Part 1 of a Series | Approximately a ​5 minute read.
​Originally published Oct 3rd, 2018, at PermacultureNews.org​.

This 3-Part Series ​starts off with our cultural lack of understanding about our place in the web of life, which is at the root of why our efforts to address ecological destruction aren’t working yet.

If you were mainly interested in chickens, stay with me – I’ll get onto backyard chickens in the second part of Part 1, and then I’ll stick almost entirely to chickens for the rest of the Series.

Please note, though, that this is not a “how to take care of chickens” Series (you can find those everywhere).

​This is about how to appreciate chickens as more than just egg-layers and garden-scratchers. And, by extension, how to appreciate any living thing beyond just its immediately apparent functions.

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