Tina Hillel wrote:.
It is way easier to be able to catch the gentled birds, but we found that they ended up with a higher mortality rate.
Although it is fun having the social birds, I want them to live long and be able to take care of themselves.
Rob Stenger wrote:In coastal Maine many people give lobster carcasses/carapaces (leftover shells) to their chickens to pick at. Gives the yolks an almost red color... Could probably work with crayfish/shrimp/crabs in other areas.
F Agricola wrote:Chicken fodder/forage success stories?
I think the most important thing is to have them as docile as possible – able to simply pick them up, check them over, give a pat, and release. Some breeds are more stress prone than others, so ensuing they see humans as friends stops them being flighty, which also impacts egg production and lowers meat quality.
steve bossie wrote:my wifes cousin is in charge of the produce dept. at the local shop.n save. gives me all the old produce. its shared w/ chickens, roaches and mealworms. also a nissen bread bakery a few miles over that i get stale bread at $5 a 55 gal. drum full. i use this mostly in the winter months to help them keep warm. if it gets moldy, i compost it. worms love it moldy too.
Bryan Beck wrote:
I'm interested to know what other permies have done successfully to grow feed for their chickens or other poultry. Although I am aware of sprouted seeds, etc. (and am doing some of that now while the field crops are growing out), I am most interested in hearing about forage/fodder you've intentionally planted and grown in the soil, and that chickens can harvest themselves. Annuals and/or perennials.
james buttler wrote:I’m wanting to buy 100 acres of land and I’m very interested in permaculture principals ive been reading about it constantly for over a year now but never seem to read enough!
maria McCoy wrote:Besides hugelkulture, how have you made raised beds?