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The Small-Scale Poultry Flock Book

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This encyclopedic guide offers extensive information on raising chickens and other domestic fowl based entirely on natural systems. Thoroughly covers formulating and making your own feed; breeding and brooding the flock; providing more of your flock's feed by growing it yourself; using poultry to increase soil fertility and make compost; and step-by-step butchering (with ample photos). No other book on poultry takes an entirely whole-systems approach!
  • Ussery, 8"x10", 394 pp.
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THE SMALL-SCALE POULTRY FLOCK BOOK DESCRIPTION
Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction

Part One: Getting Started
Chapter 1. Why Bother?
Chapter 2. The Integrated Small-Scale Flock
Chapter 3. Your Basic Bird
Chapter 4. Planning the Flock
Chapter 5. Starting the Flock

Part Two: Basic Care
Chapter 6. Housing
Chapter 7. Manure Management in the Poultry House: The Joys of Deep Litter
Chapter 8. Watering
Chapter 9. Pasturing the Flock
Chapter 10. Managing the Pastured Flock Using Electronet
Chapter 11. Mobile Shelters

Part Three: Working Partners
Chapter 12. Putting the Flock to Work
Chapter 13. Chickens in the Garden
Chapter 14. A Question of Balance

Part Four: Feeding the Small-Scale Flock
Chapter 15. Thoughts on Feeding
Chapter 16. Purchased Feeds
Chapter 17. Making Our Own Feeds
Chapter 18. Feeding the Flock from Home Resources
Chapter 19. Cultivating Recomposers for Poultry Feed

Part Five: Other Management Issues
Chapter 20. One Big Happy Family
Chapter 21. Protecting the Flock from Predators
Chapter 22. Helping the Flock Stay Healthy
Chapter 23. Managing the Winter Flock
Chapter 24. Other Domestic Fowl

Part Six: Breeding the Small-Scale Flock
Chapter 25. Breeding for Conservation and Breed Improvement
Chapter 26. Managing the Breeding Season
Chapter 27. Working with Broody Hens

Part Seven: Poultry for the Table
Chapter 28. Butchering Poultry
Chapter 29. Poultry in the Kitchen
Chapter 30. Serving Small Local Markets
Epilogue: The Big Picture

Appendices
Appendix A: Making Trap Nests
Appendix B: Making a Dustbox
Appendix C: Making a Mobile A-Frame Shelter
Appendix D: Duck Confit, Convenience Food Extraordinaire
Appendix E: A Feed Formulation Spreadsheet
Appendix F: Spreadsheets for Tracking Egg and Broiler Costs and Profits
Appendix G: Natural Eggs and Industrial Eggs Compared
Appendix H: Resources
Glossary
Endnotes
Index
About the Author

Excerpt from Planning the Flock, page 37

Choosing Your Breed(s)
There is no "right" or "better" breed. While the fit of a given breed with your goals and needs will largely determine your choice, inevitably intangible factors will influence you as well - how much you like the look of a given breed, or its temperament. Your project will be the more successful the more you enjoy it, so choose the breed that speaks to you. If you respond to a beautiful, more mellow breed, such as Brahma, in preference to a breed that is twice as productive of eggs, such as the more flighty Leghorn, there is nothing illogical about your choice.
Note that, in the age of the computer, many hatcheries let you order chicks individually by breed. It is easy, therefore, to put together an order for a kaleidoscopic array of breeds. And remember, if you're not especially pleased with the breed you start with, it will be easy to switch to another when it is time to rotate stock.
A couple of breed organizations are especially useful for putting you in touch with breeders of poultry stock. The Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities is dedicated to perpetuating and improving rare breeds of poultry. One way it does so is through an extremely well-organized Breeders Directory that helps members locate rare stock from fellow breeders.


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