In the process....takes a lot of time to compile all the questions and answers. Currently building a little webpage where folks can ask the questions they would like to know and I can answer using the OTs replies to the thread~paraphrasing, of course...can't use all the replies word for word. That will help people who have a hard time sorting through all the many pages here.
The book will be in much the same format....questions, answers...real life scenarios with real life people answering. Not just the author and not just the USDA/Vet approved answers.
I'm glad you like the thread...and I can't wait to offer the book! I'll post the webpage site link when I get it done.
I would also be interested in the book & the webpage. My mom is hen sitting for me this weekend and I was telling her about you using ACV in the water & the deep littler method. She fully agreed in raising chickens the natural way instead of chemicals. She said my Grandma had them when she was young & they survived just fine in the good old days. I am a newbie but read with interest the OT's replies to our endless questions & value their opinions.
I gave my girls watermelon yesterday. For the first few hours they ignored it but once they tasted it they wouldnt leave it alone !! I think they are hooked :) I plan on trying pumpkins once they come into season. I was curious Bee if gourds were ok for them and if they would have the same benefits as pumpkins? I through some gourds in the veggie garden last fall & they replanted themselves and are growing like weeds & I have a ton growing.
Also I know you said that the hens will stop eating when they are full. Or their crop is full. My girls scratch all day in their run & when I let them out to range (they found my grass seed lol) They have pellets but they only eat them on occasion. I am guessing they are finding enough to eat in their run from the weeds, grass and straw I have put in there. I am curious what a full crop looks like? They are young but seem to have grown bigger in the 5 days I have had them. I give them a handful cracked corn thrown in their run to encourage them to scratch in their run and turn the bedding for me.