The Natural Chicken Keeping thread - OTs welcome!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Bulldogma, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. Leahs Mom

    Leahs Mom Chicken Obsessed

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    This guy will get you started buy just google it you will find all kinds of interesting info




    He talks alot about bokashi which is a method he is selling, but can easily be done w/ a little research, he even tells you how to do it. He has a lot of great info and several videos.
     
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  2. Leahs Mom

    Leahs Mom Chicken Obsessed

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    PS: On the LABS like above - I haven't done them but the other folks mentioned do.

    I do make cheese from raw milk, however, and the next time I make cheese I'm planning on experimenting with spraying the whey on the litter in an experimental section and seeing what it does. I already use it for smoothies, soup bases, feed it to the chickens, put it on the garden, plants, or compost pile, etc. The LAB thing at that link got me wondering what it would do on the chicken litter.

    (FYI - whey from the kind of cheese-making that I do is full of LABs. I'm currently not making mold-ripened cheeses.)
     
  3. brandislee

    brandislee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG thanks! This is awesome, I'm so going to start a reference notebook for all of this information so I can more easily remember it and pass it on to others!

    During the summer my hens have full access to my herb garden, so I knew they were getting the good things they needed then when they needed them, but I never really thought about winter. I'm thinking about getting/making a hydroponic fish tank to grow fresh herbs all year... that would benefit all of us:)
     
  4. brandislee

    brandislee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I completely agree with you on the KISS thing... but I am a complicated person, so while I agree with you the OTHER side of my psyche tries to make simplicity as difficult and complicated as possible!
     
  5. blipit007

    blipit007 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, another question. I have one 3 week old Silkie, and all the other girls are 4 weeks old. What is a safe and nutritious treat / supplement to give them. I started with the meal worms and they love those. What else can I give that is fun for all of us?
     
  6. jeepgirl13

    jeepgirl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol i was wondering this too. Since it has been explained, any one want to share what KISS is? I kiss my chickens all the time, but I don't think that's what y'all mean. Lol
     
  7. brandislee

    brandislee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read the same... didn't skip a beat. I don't do much research anymore unless my gut is totally clueless, and then I look for advice from people like Mumsy who have been raising chickens NATURALLY (not the way my grandparents-in-law and unfortunately pretty much everyone I know personally used to...) for years and years and doing so successfully. No matter what you believe, you can find "research" to back it up. So I listen to my gut. I did do some really primitive research on the ACV, though- I compared the nutrients found in the chick vitamin replacements w/ my own personal mix that I add to chick water (ACV, molasses, and brewer's yeast) just to make sure I was providing all of them. But that was all.
     
  8. jeepgirl13

    jeepgirl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How does your grandparents raise chickens? Are you revering to the cages here? *shudders*.
     
  9. brandislee

    brandislee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our snow is mostly gone, other than the big piles and the shady spots... jealous? Of course, we're supposed to get another 3-6 inches tonight [​IMG] It's supposed to be in the upper 60's and 70's next week... I'll believe it when I see it!
     
  10. Leahs Mom

    Leahs Mom Chicken Obsessed

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