Learn About Raising Chickens
Barre, Massachusetts – Looking to get into pastured poultry? Whether you’re planning to start your own business or simply raise poultry for your own consumption, Julie Rawson and Jack Kittredge will demonstrate proper management when raising meat birds, layers and turkeys. They’ve been raising organic pastured poultry since 1984, and on August 28, they will cover a number of related topics, including feed types, housing, pasture rotation and more. You’ll also get the opportunity to tour their livestock and fruit and vegetable operations. Go to the Northeast Organic Farming Association to register, and see if you qualify for a new-farmer scholarship.
Read this editor’s letter about her new chickens and their lively personalities.
Backyard Chicken Tools
What tools do you need to raise and process meat chickens? Killing cones are humane, and promote a complete bleed, scalding tanks, plucking machines facilitate easy feather removal.
Integrating Chickens, Dogs and Cats
Introducing the pets to the chickens has been a little more challenging than originally anticipated.