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An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers

by Harvey Ussery

With information on building soil fertility, replacing purchased feed, and working with poultry in the garden.

The most comprehensive guide to date on raising organic poultry for the backyard farmer, homesteader, and professional grower. Harvey Ussery offers a comprehensive and practical whole-systems, integrative approach to animal husbandry, including growing your own feed, brooding at home, and poultry as weed managers in the garden.

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Harvey Ussery and Broody Hens
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 Flock offers 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 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.

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