Chickens in Permaculture

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by shortgrass, Jun 12, 2015.

  1. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    Stunning! I see a breeding project in the future; I doubt i can get DH to fork over the price of a cow for a chicken lol...those are some very pricey stock! Are they bred from Old English? Wondering if I can save a buck and breed from those? But my, that has my head spinning around breeding Americans... If I were in it for the money lol... These would just ne going out to pasture, literally lol...hate to fork over that much for what is essentially really smart coyote bait ;)
     
  2. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    Aha! :D I vermicompost! Redworms would be diggable... I don't think i could ever get enough for 100 chooks without having to go into major worm breeding too though... Hmmm more research needed here... ;)
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    One hundred chickens / chooks in my opinion will require nearly 20 acres to potentially get away from need of imported feeds / feedstuffs. Then you would only be able to maintain that number for less than 1/2 of the year (production season). Going through winter with too many birds will not only deplete forages, it will prevent forage regrowth the following spring. Look into taking advantage of drift.
     
  4. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    Drift...as in snow drifts?

    I've got this....
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    No idea how much is thete lol....a years' worth of sheep poo... I suppose 50 tons? Lol its 3 rows 100' long, 8' wide, 5' high....hoping IT can sustain some grubby/ redworm/ weed sprouts through winter...its in an old alfalfa corner of a half a circle of wheat... Thinking piles plus hay pkus wheat grain left on ground should be good? I guess it's worth a shot ;)

    I have a lot of work to do lol :D
     
  5. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry double post ;P
     
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  6. That's a lot of poo! [​IMG]
     
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    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    That amount of feces I do not associate with permaculture: too much. May also prove too 'hot' nutritionally for some worms.


    Drift I mean involves arthropods (insects mostly) that move about landscape and can concentrate in areas. When chickens deplete an area drift can replenish it. This only works when insects are mobile and can be directional as impacted by wind and surroundings. If lands near by do not support abundant insect assemblages drift does not work well. You can enhance by attracting nigh flying insects. Some insects better than others plus you have a seasonal component.
     
  8. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    Ahhh ok gotcha..like June bugs in June grasshoppers in July... Ok i will see whst king of grubby protien i can find to attract around here when it's cold...the worms were the only thing i could think of that might be able to use this pile...which IS probably more like 50% poo and 50% straw and hay...it came from cleaning out lambing barns si its not 100% poo, but that IS why its sitting there composting...some of it will go on the cornfield in spring ;)

    Lol Lacy Blues, it IS a lot of poop, ...imagine it all started under my kitchen sink with a box of worms and a dream hahaha ;) ... Seriously though, it takes a lot of hay to make this much poop so it most definitely gets used. I've got a stack of old tree stumps just itching to be covered in it :)
     
  9. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    So technically speaking, to be consideref "permaculture", I would be best to leave it in the corral? Or maybe scattered more? I understand that it's because it's considered " fertilizer"?... I don't have anything else to do with it haha ;)
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    My Coop
     
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