I am new to permaculture and am trying to see the whole picture.
I live in a city on Colorado where you cannot have livestock unless specifically zoned; although, we can have up to 3 "pets". What variety of chicken makes a good free-range urban food-forest pet? I will name the said "pets" appropriately and teach them to fetch and roll-over. I would like them to lay a few eggs and be tolerant to the Colorado weather patterns.
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Hi Victoria and thanks for sharing your knowledge with us! I am wondering if you could share your strategies for management of pasty butt and coccidiosis in young birds? I am always looking for new ideas that are NOP allowed. Also, any of your pearls of wisdom for managing or observing disease states in older birds too if you could? Thank you.
Hi Victoria. I was wondering if you had any ideas on how to keep multiple breeds of chickens, pure. When I did some research on what I concidered the best breeds to have, for my area, I came up with 5 different types. Lost my list right now, but I do remember 3 of them where the Sussex, Faverolle and the Delaware. So my question, What would you suggest I do, if I want to raise them to brood true to breed? These would be free range, by the way. Would raising say a group of 25 sussex ( 2 roos 23 hens) and a group of delaware chicks, apart in seperate boxes. Then, as they grew older and were able to forage, give each group their own little moble shelter/nest box wagon, work? Then the next year try the same with 2 new breeds. Would being raise apart as well as the yrs difference in age keep them somewhat self contained, pure? I know the ideal number of roos to hens is something like 1 to 12, so I would hope the males are satisfied with the hens they'd be raised with. I know I could always use short term breeding pens. Just wondered if my idea might work as well?
I have 26 acres so each group would be seperated from the others by a good distance. Also this is hypothetical, at this moment, as we are still in the building / planning stage of our homestead. I only have 1 LGD at this time and she guards our goats. Just hoping once we are established to maybe do my part to preserve some of the heritage breeds
Thank you so much, Victoria, for taking the time to answer questions - hopefully mine is a simple one to answer.
Are turkeys as dumb as Joel Salatin (of Polyface Farm) says? He suggests raising turkey chicks with chicken chicks so they chickens "teach" the turkeys how to survive; he found that when he raised them alone his losses were huge. He's never had any problem with the diseases that most people attribute to co-mingling species, and his chick survival rate are excellent now. He free ranges all his birds with some grain supplementation. Any thoughts on this?
I have a two questions...
1) I have heard conflicting answers on the question as to the harmfulness of vetch to chickens. Thus I have not used it as a cover crop. Is it OK?
2) I have heard conflicting answers on the question of roost height versus nest box height. Should the roost be higher than the nests boxes?
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Just reposting the above questions incase you missed them. Thanks for your time.
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