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Paige's Highlights

Ok, again with the themes. Here are grouping of selected resources for raising Poultry.

1. Ducks for the Garden. This article by Mother Earth News talks about having a little "herd" of ducks available to keep your yard, garden, and farm free of snails that carry liver flukes, grasshoppers, Japanese beetles, and mosquito larvae. Definitely a good idea for any garden/farm and they're more hardy and tend to be a little less feather-brained that chickens.

2. Wintering your Flocks. A rather in-depth article by Mother Earth News about keeping chickens and poultry over the winter. A lot of good pointers and things to remember--as well as shopping list ideas for your coops. To be honest, I was a little annoyed by the anti-biotics and bought feed ideas, but all in all it's pretty sound. I'm wanting to provide my flocks with all home-grown food--comfrey, mangle beets, etc. But, a good resource, none-the-less.

3. Homestead-Raised Chicken Feed. One thing that has always bothered me about raising animals is how dependent I still feel on the greater workings of big ag and commerce to provide me with what I need for my animals in the way of supplemental feeds. This series of writings by TheModernHomestead has proven to be very useful. There are in depth articles on making and grinding your own feeds. To be honest, initially doesn't seem to get away from commercial dependence, but as you read on, the homesteader ended up swapping to more home-grown feeds as just scratch grain and allowing the birds more forage. For that part, I encourage you to read through all the articles, but with special attention to the ones entitled "Feeding the Flock from the Homestead's Own Resources" and "Current Feeding Practice." Good reads and very do-able with a little forethought and planning.

4. Homestead Chicken Raising.
Harvey Ussery , the man behind TheModernHomestead writes in this article on Mother Earth News about some key pointers that differ for the homestead-raised poultry production. Breed selection, raising practices, and more. A good read.

5. Nut Wizard Video. My dad sent me some videos on my cell phone and since I couldn't share them here, I found this video on YouTube. It worked just like this for him! Certainly a must for any homesteader with nut trees!


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