Just got this update frome the kickstarter page of the film:
"Justin Rhodes here, the "permaculture chickens" guy.
My video guy (Ben) has wrapped up editing and I've got the master DVD!
Everyone say with me, "YAY"!
The film ended up being an hour longer than expected (good problem to have). It's 2.5 hours long.
I've currently uploaded the digital film to my digital delivery service (Gumroad). Their taking the necessary time to process it. Hopefully, the digital film will be up any day. I'll let you know as soon as it's up.
As for the DVD's, I'm shipping the master out today for replication. It will still take some time to replicate (3-4 weeks) and for the design artist to finish the cover.
Everyone who backed at the DVD level will also have access to the download (so you can watch it even before you get your DVD).
"The Beautiful One" (aka, my wife) is still crunching on the ebook and should be done within 2 weeks.
Ben, (the video guy) still needs to do a bit of work on the "raw" footage and hopes to be done by October 1st. I'll upload it as soon as I can from there.
Thanks for your patience. Please, if you have any comments, questions or even derogatory remarks just reply to this message and I'll take care of you."
2.5 hours of film!! Can't wait, 2.5 hours?! wow!!! thought it was great to share here since permies contributed in an awesome way
You can click this link and get access to the video. it is officially releasing at 6 am EST tomorrow so if you go sign up right now, you'll get an email with the link to the video in it tomorrow.
or you can just sign up tomorrow and get instant access.
In the video, he gives gobs of ways permaculturechickens can benefit your homestead and how they can help you SO much. he also debunks a few myths about chickens and negative thoughts about having chickens!
here's a lil thumbnail preview of the vid:
but it will only be available for a few days. enjoy!
Location: Grand Valley of Colorado's Western Slope
posted 4 years ago
I think it might be worth a try if you relly want to watch the video, to go to Justin Rhodes' "Abundant Permaculture" website, and see if it isn't also available there. For any who might not know, he is the "Permaculture Chickens" video guy, and he has been building his email list through making freebies available for your email address. He hasn't abused possession of my email, but I still have to submit it again when another thing comes through.
Anyone that says you can take care of chickens in a few minutes a day is just lying. It might start that way, but as soon as you start watching them, that goes right out the window. Chickens are a blast. Before you know it, it's an hour and you haven't done anything...
Great videos Justin, I really liked the Permaculture Chickens DVD.
"People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do."
Anyone that says you can take care of chickens in a few minutes a day is just lying.
I could't agree more, but for a different reason. Ten minutes on the odd day when there are other priorities is fine, but it takes longer than that to observe flock dynamics, watch for a bird getting ill or weak, realizing you have a bird going broody, and many other things that need to be done on a monthly basis, though not a daily basis. Getting chickens involves taking on a responsibility to look out for them. To quote the 12 Principles of Permaculture by David Holmgren, https://justlists.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/principles-of-permaculture/, 1. is observe and interact - that takes time. 4. is Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback - that also happens by watching your chickens. 6. is Produce No Waste - with chickens that happens by making sure the manure gets responsibly and widely spread by either moving the chickens regularly, or by using a deep mulch system that adds carbon every day or so.
Could we also clarify the "3 square feet per bird"? I could see that for night confinement, but another forum debated the needs of the birds, prey, plants, soil etc and came up with 1000 sq feet/bird to provide a sustainable permaculture based balance of a chicken in its environment.(this isn't the thread I was thinking of but see John Polk's response at https://permies.com/t/8067/chickens/Paddock-size-chicken) That number 4 principle is key here - it takes time for chickens to denude their space and for their excrement to poison the soil, but we see it regularly in poorly managed flocks where I live. It can take years for that land to recover and is totally unnecessary.
I should clarify. Daily chores... the ones I mentioned in the video: Letting the birds out/putting them up, feeding them, watering them and getting the eggs takes even less than 10 minutes. I was being conservative there.
Oh my gosh, yes, as you progress you watch for breeding qualities, optimize production, incorporate working strategies and create your own feeding systems.
You have to know, this video "Getting starting with Chickens..." is for beginners. Beginners who ask questions like, "do chickens have to be on flat ground?" or "do they need housing?" These simple kind of things. We've long forgotten all the questions we had when we just began.
I get into a little more advanced stuff with my 3rd video and even more in my movie.
As for the spacing. I give em no more than a square foot inside their "hotel". As it's just that, a hotel. As for the 3 square feet, that's a minimum recommendation I have for folks. For the most part, people aren't near the permaculture complete sustainability mindset... yet.
For complete sustenance off of the land, I say 6 birds per half-acre, but that's not what I'm talking about in the video and it's not who I was trying to help. Over 50% of my fans either don't have chickens yet or they're in their rookie year.
I'm starting at the beginning and walk people through from there.
I realize that your target audience is beginners, and that is a really important audience. I know of two families I'd love to have risk the "passive civil disobedience" thing and get backyard egg laying pets instead of another dog, but I respect that they don't like to even stretch, let alone break, the local ordinances. I'd love to see small flocks in most backyards, as my father did in England during the Second World War.
That aside, I'm still really concerned about suggesting 3 sq ft per bird even as a minimum. Some things don't scale up well, and some things don't scale down. If you have 100 hens in a barn that allows 3 sq ft each, and Hen A is bugging Hen B, Hen B has lots of birds to hide behind. Having 4 hens in a 3' x 4' shed is entirely different, and those girls have no crowd to disappear into. I know that Gail Damerow suggests 8 sq ft for backyard hens as her minimum. I worry that if beginners see a figure as low as yours and follow it, that bad things may happen (denying access to feed which can lead to egg eating for example). I really want beginners to have a positive experience and if they build something that allows that little space and it doesn't work, they may give up rather than figure out what is causing the problem. We were asked to cull two birds once that had developed an egg eating habit that their family couldn't cope with. We just didn't have the necessary infrastructure nor experience at the time to try retraining the birds out of it, but in hindsight, I'm highly suspicious it occurred out of boredom. Can you imagine keeping 4 chihuahuas in a 3' x 4' space and not having the neighbors and the SPCA on your case? Yes, we want to encourage people to take the plunge and have backyard chickens, but we want it to be a positive and humane experience and I believe that requires more than the minimum you have suggested.