The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An all-natural approach to raising chickens and other fowl for home and market Growers

The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An all-natural approach to raising chickens and other fowl for home and market Growers


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603582902
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 10/31/2011
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 473,461
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Harvey Ussery has been developing his whole-systems poultry husbandry for decades and has been writing about chickens and other fowl for Backyard Poultry since the inception of the magazine in early 2006. He has also written numerous articles for Mother Earth News and Countryside & Small Stock Journal, and has published in American Pastured Poultry Producers Association's newsletter, Grit!, over the years. Ussery has presented at national and local events on poultry, homesteading, and energy and sustainability issues, and maintains a highly informative website, He lives with his wife, Ellen, in Virginia.

Joel Salatin and his family own and operate Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The farm produces pastured beef, pork, chicken, eggs, turkeys, rabbits, lamb and ducks, servicing roughly 6,000 families and 50 restaurants in the farm’s bioregion. He has written 11 books to date and lectures around the world on land healing, local food systems.

Table of Contents

1. Why bother?

2. The integrated small-scale flock

3. Your basic bird

4. Planning the flock

5. Starting the flock

6. Housing

7. Manure management in the poultry house : the joys of deep litter

8. Watering

9. Pasturing the flock

10. Managing the pastured flock using electronet

11. Mobile shelters

12. Putting the flock to work

13. Chickens in the garden

14. A question of balance

15. Thoughts on feeding

16. Purchased feeds

17. Making your own feeds

18. Feeding the flock from home resources

19. Cultivating recomposers for poultry feed

20. One big happy family

21. Protecting the flock from predators

22. Helping the flock stay healthy

23. Managing the winter flock

24. Other domestic fowl

25. Breeding for conservation and breed improvement

26. Managing the breeding season

27. Working with broody hens

28. Butchering poultry

29. Poultry in the kitchen

30. Serving small local markets

Epilogue : The big picture


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Small-Scale Poultry Flock 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very detailed book that goes into great information on chicken keeping. Highly recommend to anyone.
Dolly1947 More than 1 year ago
Down to earth common sense. Wish this book was available 30 years ago when I started. Love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sample crashes my nook before getting through table of contents. Every time. :(