I’m thrilled that a bigger and better second edition of The Small Scale Poultry Flock has just been released, and the author, Harvey Ussery, is here today to share so much chicken knowledge!
We talk about predators, gardens, weeds, cover crops, and lots more, and what all these things have to do with chickens. As well as why the best solutions to so many chicken problems–the natural ones that are cheap or free–aren’t the ones you often hear about.
Podcast Episode Highlights
- Explaining the difference between the first and second edition of his book
- Chatting about Icelandic chickens…
- Chickens and soil: pros and cons
- A closer look at the Greenhouse Model (putting chickens in the greenhouse)
- What we can do about chicken predator issues
- Chicken feed: a spectrum between manufactured feed to wild foraging (and finding the balance)
- Chicken tractors and mobile shelter advantages
- Thoughts on chicks and sterile environments (and the Deep Litter Method)
- Thinking deeper about how fear sells products, natural solutions have no profit
- Tips for breeding your own flock
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Podcast Episode Resources and Links Mentioned
Learn more about Harvey Ussery’s book: The Small Scale Poultry Flock
Harvey Ussery’s website: https://themodernhomestead.us/
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More Chicken-Raising Resources:
- The Truth About Chickens in the Garden (podcast episode)
- How We’re Using Chicken Power on the Homestead This Year (podcast episode)
- The Inside Story on Getting Chicks (podcast episode)
- The Ultimate Guide to Broody Hens (blog article)