Tag Archives forHappy Meat

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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Raising Pigs – Fence Training

RAISING PIGS: ​Fence Training

Part 4 of a Series | 5 minute read | Also published on PermacultureNews.org

​All fencing arrangements but one, to a pig, are an invitation to scratch, lean, and shove until the fence has been mangled beyond recognition and the pig goes where it wants.

The one kind of fence that pigs won’t lean on is an electric fence. But electric fence is more a psychological barrier to a pig than a physical one and it’s important to give them the right impressions of electric fences from the very beginning.

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Raising Pigs – Stationary vs Mobile Pens for Pigs

RAISING PIGS: Mobile vs Stationary Pens for Pigs

​Part 1 of a Series | 5 to 6 minute read | Also published at PermacultureNews.org

Assuming you want your pigs to be able to enjoy natural behaviors like digging in living soil, foraging for fresh foods, and wallowing, do they need to be moved frequently onto fresh ground? 

Strategies for housing and feeding pigs vary according to circumstances, and in particular will depend on whether you keep your pigs in one place and can build permanent structures for them, or you want to move them around and need mobile infrastructure.

We’ve tried both – moving pigs around and keeping them in one place. This article shares what we have (so far) found to be the pros and cons of mobile versus stationary pig raising systems, and why we are currently trailing a stationary arrangement for our pigs.

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On Eating Meat

On Eating Meat

​(This post is approximately a 7 to 9 minute read.)

​​​"Happy meat" comes from animals raised in ecosystems, not cages, and ​​​never crowded or rushed.

We eat only happy meat – meat from our own animals that lived happy lives as part of a complete ecosystem, not in pens or cages, ​and without ​stress and tension ​caused by crowding, rushing, or inappropriate ​feeds ​or medications. 

Could you produce some of your own animal foods even if you don't live on acreage? 

What if you can't, or don't want, to raise your own animals? Can you still eat happy meat?

What if you've chosen a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle to care for animals and protect them from exploitation?

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How Did Organ Meats Become “Offal” (Awful)?

How Did Organ Meats Become "Awful" (Offal)?

​(Approximately a 7 minute read)

​​​Organ meats were the animals' most precious gift to humanity.

Universally, in traditional cultures, organ meats were eaten first, with reverence, and often raw.

A family or community gathered around a carcass, gave thanks and honored the life of the animal, then ate the precious organs before processing the rest of the meat. Organ meats were the animals’ most nutritious, most powerful, gift to humanity.

In modern society, we tend to be repelled by the idea of eating organ meats. What happened?

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