Small-Scale Poultry Flock

At last, longtime farmer Harvey Ussery has created the most comprehensive and definitive guide to date on raising all-natural poultry for the homesteader and small farmer. His new book, The Small-Scale Poultry Flock, offers a practical and integrative model for working with chickens and other domestic fowl, based entirely on natural systems.

Ussery’s model presents an entirely sustainable system that can be adapted and utilized in a variety of scales, and will prove invaluable for beginner homesteaders, growers looking to incorporate poultry into their farm, or farmers seeking to close their loop, including extensive information on:

• Formulating and making your own feed
• How to breed and brood the flock (for breed improvement and for genetic conservation), including the most complete guide to working with broody hens available anywhere
• Providing more of the flock’s feed from sources grown or self-foraged, including production of live protein feeds using earthworms and soldier grubs
• Using poultry to increase soil fertility, control crop damaging insects, and to make compost—including systems for pasturing and tillage of cover crops and weeds
• And one of the best step-by-step poultry butchering guides available, complete with extensive illustrative photos.

No other book on raising poultry takes an entirely whole-systems approach, or discusses producing homegrown feed and breeding in such detail—it is truly an invaluable and groundbreaking guide that will lead farmers and homesteaders into a new world of self-reliance and enjoyment.

Chelsea Green

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