Originally Posted by scandiafowl
Was reading some more on the deep layer method at purepoultry.com, the author wrote that other than the poop board they clean the coop out twice per year.
Made me think.. Is that usual?
I didn't read the link. But, I more or less practice deep litter. The thing is that in Minnesota it is pretty much impossible to do a true deep litter where the litter is composting. This is because in the summer it is dry in your coop, and in the winter the poop is frozen.
There are beneficial microbes in the litter from the poop.
I clean my coop out about twice a year, the rest of the time I clear out poop clods and add more hay. Roosting areas are cleaned out if there is a build up, which depends on who wants to roost where! I don't like the poop to build up on the shelves where some of them roost. I've always done it that way, and I can't remember exactly when I first got chickens but it was in the 90's.
Originally Posted by KlopKlop
Yes, 'organic' is a bought title for your products. Technically we are all organic as are all of our animals by definition - "characteristic of, pertaining to, or derived from living organisms"
Originally Posted by duluthralphie
Is a grasshopper meat? If the grasshopper migrates in from somewhere and it was sprayed with an insecticide before my chicken unwisely decided to eat it, is the chicken still organic?
I am sorry, but it is a marketing ploy to yuppies in my mind and not real... Raised healthy and safely yes. but no one can guarantee "organic" for any critter or plant raised in the outdoors.
yah. don't get me started. Organic used to mean something before the multinational food companies jumped on the bandwagon and got the initial regs changed. You would be surprised what can be in "organic", which is why all the natural food co-ops have been on the eat local bandwagon. Because, for one, organic doesn't mean what it used to. For two, the regs now make it financially extremely difficult for your small farmer to be certified. For three, if you eat local, you can learn about how your food is raised, and you would likely choose someone that treats their animals right and feeds them well.
right now, you have ground up day old chicks and dead poultry used as cattle feed. You don't want to know what is in your mass produced chicken feed.
there wasn't really such a thing as a "yuppie" back in the 70's when natural food movement started.
and one last comment: there is definitely such a thing as overprocessed, unhealthy junk food that is also certified organic.
jumping off the soapbox.