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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!
Part One: Getting StartedChapter 1. Why Bother?Chapter 2. The Integrated Small-Scale FlockChapter 3. Your Basic BirdChapter 4. Planning the FlockChapter 5. Starting the FlockPart Two: Basic CareChapter 6. HousingChapter 7. Manure Management in the Poultry House: The Joys of Deep LitterChapter 8. WateringChapter 9. Pasturing the FlockChapter 10. Managing the Pastured Flock Using ElectronetChapter 11. Mobile Shelters
Part Three: Working PartnersChapter 12. Putting the Flock to WorkChapter 13. Chickens in the GardenChapter 14. A Question of Balance
Part Four: Feeding the Small-Scale FlockChapter 15. Thoughts on FeedingChapter 16. Purchased FeedsChapter 17. Making Our Own FeedsChapter 18. Feeding the Flock from Home ResourcesChapter 19. Cultivating Recomposers for Poultry Feed
Part Five: Other Management IssuesChapter 20. One Big Happy FamilyChapter 21. Protecting the Flock from PredatorsChapter 22. Helping the Flock Stay HealthyChapter 23. Managing the Winter FlockChapter 24. Other Domestic Fowl
Part Six: Breeding the Small-Scale FlockChapter 25. Breeding for Conservation and Breed ImprovementChapter 26. Managing the Breeding SeasonChapter 27. Working with Broody Hens
Part Seven: Poultry for the TableChapter 28. Butchering PoultryChapter 29. Poultry in the KitchenChapter 30. Serving Small Local MarketsEpilogue: The Big Picture
AppendicesAppendix A: Making Trap NestsAppendix B: Making a DustboxAppendix C: Making a Mobile A-Frame ShelterAppendix D: Duck Confit, Convenience Food ExtraordinaireAppendix E: A Feed Formulation SpreadsheetAppendix F: Spreadsheets for Tracking Egg and Broiler Costs and ProfitsAppendix G: Natural Eggs and Industrial Eggs ComparedAppendix H: ResourcesGlossaryEndnotesIndexAbout 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.