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.
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.
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.
(Approximately a 6 minute read)
Growing our own milk, eggs, and / or meat is a step in the right direction, but relying on the feed store to help us do it means we’re still relying on fossil fuel-based agriculture and supply systems.
Since our goal is to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, at the time of writing this article I was growing an increasing amount of our own goat feed, for our two milking goats.
To make it onto the list that you’re about to read, these plants had to be great for goat fodder, AND serve a variety of other functions as well.
(Please note that some of the plants listed here were also listed in “8 Abundant Fodder Forest Plants, and How to Use Them.”)
(Approximately a 5 minute read)
This morning when I went to feed the animals, I thought I’d start with collecting some pigeon pea for the horses, and see what I could find for the pigs in the fodder forest while I was there.
Our fodder forest is a small beginning in my long-term goal to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuel-based agriculture.
This article lists 8 of my favorite multi-purpose fodder-and-food plants, and some of the ways I use them.
Originally published June 14, 2018 at PermacultureNews.org.
(This post is approximately a 7 to 9 minute read.)
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?
(Approximately a 7 minute read)
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?
(Approximately an 8 minute read)
There's something so peaceful about hand milking, about being in the presence of a calm cow, who is calm, in part, because her calf is with her. And there's something so "right" about bringing that billy full of warm, frothy, just-out-of-the-cow milk into my kitchen.