Friday, August 30, 2013

The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers

If Harvey Ussery were stranded on a desert island and could bring only one thing, he would bring a flock of chickens.

“They would feed themselves by foraging over the island, keep me supplied with eggs, one of the most perfect foods,” says the Virginia homesteader and author of The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers.

“In the process, they would continually improve my island’s soil by working in plant covers and their droppings, increasing its productivity for whatever food crops I was able to grow. Hens who went broody would hatch out chicks to renew the flock each year.”

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Harvey Ussery on Integrated Systems

Harvey Ussery on Nests

Harvey Ussery on Water

Harvey Ussery and Broody Hens

Harvey Ussery on Natural Feed

With information on building soil fertility, replacing purchased feed, and working with poultry in the garden. The most comprehensive and definitive guide to date on raising all-natural poultry, for homesteaders or farmers seeking to close their loop, The Small-Scale Poultry Flockoffers a practical and integrative model for working with chickens and other domestic fowl, based entirely on natural systems.

Including extensive information on:

Formulating and making your own feed How to breed and brood the flock (for breed improvement and for genetic conservation), including the most complete guide to working with broody hens available anywhere.

Providing more of the flock's feed from sources grown or self-foraged on the home place, including production of live protein feeds using earthworms and soldier grubs.

Using poultry to increase soil fertility, control crop-damaging insects, and to make compost—including systems for pasturing and tillage of cover crops and weeds.

Step-by-step butchering—one of the best guides available—complete with extensive illustrative photos.

No other book on raising poultry takes an entirely whole-systems approach, nor discusses producing homegrown feed and breeding in such detail. This is a truly invaluable and groundbreaking guide that will lead farmers and homesteaders into a new world of self-reliance and enjoyment.

“Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.”