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I watched Justin's vlogs and none of his Cornish Cross chickens keeled over or had bent legs. One was eaten by a snake. He started them off with honey and raw apple cider vinegar in their water and fermented feed along with free ranging. He was very pleased with his success. Don't have a link to his vlog. They're on YouTube.
 
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Jerry Sledge wrote:I watched Justin's vlogs and none of his Cornish Cross chickens keeled over or had bent legs.



Does he try to keep any alive to breed from though?  I've heard of a few people who have managed it, but so far none of mine have.  I can slow the growth right down by having them live purely free range, but eventually they just get too big anyway.  Keeping them for the short while it takes to raise them for meat is ok, but then you're dependent on buying in replacements.
 
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Meat only, none for breeding.
 
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My thought on this is like with hybrid veggies: use them for what they are intended.
Hybridized veggies can grow bigger, faster, and have have better disease resistance, with the caveat that saving seed to replant is like a box of chocolates. I'm sure you can finish the quote.

I have chosen to rethink my stance on hybrid veggies from being unaware, to totally against, to ok in some circumstances.
Obviously, you don't want it interbreeding with your heirloom landrace veggies.
Or do you...hmm. Perhaps a discussion for another time.
 
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Oh, Cassie! so glad you brought up the forbidden word....compromise!  I know there are other words used in this 'arena' (not on this forum, however ;)... puritan, perfectionist, slackers, halfwayers,etc... all with appropriate sneers, etc; passing judgment is so.... human!, automatic, and feelgoody.... but I think we need to work on being 'slack-cutters'.  Let's live and let live, and acknowledge that we are all 'permie sinnners' in somebodies eyes (hope I never meet those 'somebodies', and our 'hawks' pick them off pretty quickly on this forum).  I'm probably judging the judgers right here, but I vote for live-and-let-live.... even Jean Martin Fortier and Stefan Sobkowiak acknowledge that they could not have their marvelous market garden and permaculture orchard without black plastic (here I could put in a plug for silt fencing material... but I won't :).

So, thanks for the opportunity to say that.... and I LOVE PMNA !!  So veeery well done ;)
 
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