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Raising chickens 2.0: no more coop and run!

Hello fellow chicken enthusiasts,

If you would like to attend this event, please register at http://urbanecology.brownpapert... . Its only $5 for the first person and $1 for each additional person, so sign up and bring as many friends as you can!!! We want as many people to attend as possible!

Listen to how Paul Wheaton is rethinking how to raise urban chickens. Like always, it's going back to traditional methods or what our grandparents did.

Check out his website. Here is his intro and there is more info at his website. http://www.richsoil.com/raising-chickens.jsp

Paul will be speaking at the Urban Ecology Extravaganza hosted by the Institute of Urban Ecology. Event details below:

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Don’t miss this revolutionary event! In honor of the upcoming SoCal Permaculture Convergence, IUE is proud to be partnering with several Los Angeles based organizations to bring you this once-in-a-lifetime event. Come learn from some of LA’s leading urban ecology experts and from internationally recognized Permaculturalist Paul Wheaton. To encourage everyone to come and learn, this event is ALMOST FREE!!!! Sign up a big group and pay nearly nothing to attend.

*****Event Schedule*****

------Paul Wheaton of permies.com------
10:30am
No Coop, No Run Chicken Raising
Why spend the money to build a chicken coop and run, when you can have healthier, happier chickens without them? Paul explains his super simple backyard chicken raising techniques.
1pm to 2pm Lunch provided by Oh Happy Days! Natural Foods & Cafe

------Marco Barrantes of La Loma Development Co------
2pm
Permaculture in the Big City
How does Permaculture apply to life in the concrete jungle? Hear this Permaculture designer and entrepreneur speak about healing our cities, creating jobs, and transforming LA’s food culture.

------Darren Butler of EcoWorkshops.com------
3:30pm to 5pm
Systems Gardening
Does gardening have to be such hard work? Learn how to work with Nature’s systems to make your garden easier to manage and more productive than ever before.

------Paul Wheaton on Irrigation Free Gardening at Armory Center for the Arts------
6pm to 8pm
Paul will discuss Permaculture strategies to eliminate the need for irrigation in our gardens. An especially relevant talk given our climate here in Southern California.

------Day/Time------
Sunday, March 3rd
10am to 8pm

------Location------
Daytime Events
@Institute of Urban Ecology
3896 N Fair Oaks Avenue,
Altadena , CA

Evening Paul Wheaton Lecture
@Armory Center for Arts
145 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103

------Registration (click here to register)------
$5 for 1st ticket
$1 each add’tl ticket

------Sponsoring Organizations------
Institute of Urban Ecology
RIPE Altadena
La Loma Development
EcoWorkshops.com
Oh Happy Days Natural Foods Market
Whole Foods Market, Pasadena
Whittier Backyard Farms
Arroyo SECO Network of Time Banks
Root Simple

After years and years of scraping/shoveling/scrubbing chicken poop I now have a system where I don't scrape/shovel/scrub any chicken poop.

After years and years of selling meat/eggs for just a hair more than I paid for the feed, I've almost eliminated feed costs.

After years and years of not being able to take a few days away from the chickens, I now have a system where I can go more than a week.

At any given time when raising chickens I thought what I was doing at that time was "the best" only later to learn of something I like better. Now, when somebody asks about my opinion on the way they are raising chickens, I find myself tongue-tied. I see their chickens standing in shit all day, eating feed made from grains (and other things) considered too awful for human consumption. The feed is often medicated and loaded with vitamins and minerals that somebody thinks is good for the average chicken - it has to be because what the chicken really wants to eat is not available to the chicken. Rather than say "Ick" I want to paint a picture of something healthier that would be easy to do. What I have to say cannot squeeze into a minute. And there is so much that has to all come together just right, that without a script I doubt I can pull it off. So this is my feeble attempt at that script. To try and express my opinion on what I think is a better way of raising chickens in one big gob.

To build a foundation, I need to first explore the other ways that I'm aware of raising chickens. There are a lot of techniques out there. I've tried nearly all of them. I've visited a lot of farms and a lot of city coops. I've had a lot of people ask me what I think of their approach. And usually my answer is not the answer they were hoping for.

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  • Pye

    i think the paddy system is great! but i don't have an acre of land:) I guess I have to figure out how to rotate into 4 squares or mayb in 2? thank you for a wonderful day--lunch was really good:)

    March 5, 2013

  • Roberta K.

    I love thinking of different ways to keep chickens. Just need to figure out how to make it happen in small urban lots!

    2 · March 3, 2013

    • David Javan L.

      Yes! And that's why I'm so glad I came to this event. At lunch (which I thought was great) I happened to start chatting with a woman who keeps her chickens in a smallish yard covered with wood chip mulch. When the chickens poop in the mulch, she said she just rakes it over. Periodically she scoops up that manure-rich mulch and puts it on her raised planters. Cheap and efficient, sounds perfect.

      March 4, 2013

  • Lisa Reed K.

    I was so excited about getting new ideas to incorporate into my chicken keeping. I wanted to walk away with new knowledge, and get some questions answered about self-sustaining chickens... but from the get-go, when the hosts mentioned their second class on "human manure composting", I knew I wasn't among my peeps. The speaker had a lot of personality, but it appeared to me that he was using the "self help motivational speaker" style of getting his message across, and I've lived in California just too long to let myself get sucked in. There came a point when I'd hit a permaculture wall and had to get out of there, because the subject just bored me to the point of wanting to blow my brains out. I'm an urban chicken enthusiast... just a city girl wanting to get the most out of her beloved chickens. No offense to anyone. I might have to bow out of this group...

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Ann

    Oh my what a GREAT day spent with kindred Spirits! So lovely to see a couple familiar CE faces and meet some new ones! I was very inspired by Mr Weaton (sp?) and/ but wished he could have tailored his presentation a bit more to the audience present ( primarily urban) vs those who farm on 20+ acres of flat pastured land. I like his system and am wanting to adapt it into my already landscaped garden. I really liked his idea of broadcasting a wide variety of seeds in the same area for healthier plants through symbiosis :0)
    I'm so glad I saw Roberta's post about this event yesterday! I worked until 4 am but was there at 10am and finished within Paul's other talk at 9 PM! I'm fried but happy, it was a FABULOUS day!!!

    1 · March 3, 2013

  • Cynthia

    I think the title and description made it pretty clear that this was about no-coop chicken keeping, so I realized going into it that it wouldn't directly apply to urban chicken keeping. However, I thought a lot of what he had to say was useful, and made me more sensitive to the ways we have to compromise in our methods of husbandry in order to make urban chicken keeping work. There is never going to be a one-size-fits-all solution, but his methods offer us all some interesting options to choose from.

    March 3, 2013

  • David Javan L.

    Mixed bag. The vibe was great, the people couldn't be nicer. The speaker who was supposed to explain how to raise chickens with "no more coop and run" was all over the map. He seemed to know a lot, but his presentation gave me very little information I could use in planning a backyard home for my chickens. I look forward to a future Meetup where I can learn some practical strategies for keeping chickens in an urban environment.

    1 · March 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think your comments are spot-on.

      March 3, 2013

  • Cynthia

    Brilliant speaker. I can't really use his methods on my lot, but I liked his ideas and I loved his presentation. I wish I could invite him to my next barbecue!

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed the presentation, too, but also left wanting more practical knowledge. Our girls already have free range of our backyard in Altadena, but I'm stuck with chicken poop on the deck and eggs in the hedges. Sigh. Guess I need to attend a workshop at Home Depot.

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed the presentation

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The speaker was very knowledgeable and entertaining as well.

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    very much looking forward to this!

    March 3, 2013

  • Roberta K.

    Consider getting there by 10am for registration and parking etc. see you guys there.

    March 2, 2013

  • Brandi G

    Sorry, a family event came up, I can't make it.

    March 2, 2013

  • Roberta K.

    We can pay at the door too. :)

    March 1, 2013

  • ceebs

    If we've already RSVPd, can we simply pay our $5 at the door?

    March 1, 2013

  • Pye

    also want to know how to have continous grenns when chicken are free range.

    February 18, 2013

    • Rishi

      Paul will be going over all of these questions at the event, so make sure you come!!! Register at http://urbanecology.b...­

      February 25, 2013

    • Lisa Reed K.

      i tried to register there but they wanted payment, and didn't recognize the $1 for the second person. So I just RSVP'd. Hope that's enough.

      February 26, 2013

  • Roberta K.

    Can't wait. I hope he talks about compost heaps. I just realized that i can get our dogs to dig through the compost heap if i throw a bone at the bottom when repiling it....

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Lisa Reed K.

    Curious!!!!!!

    February 25, 2013

  • marcella

    Looking for the flyer, couldn't find it on the events page of L.A.I.U.E. website. want to re-post this! thanks guys.

    February 24, 2013

  • Daniel S.

    I'm very excited!

    February 23, 2013

  • Rishi

    Hello fellow chicken enthusiasts,

    If you would like to attend this event, please register at http://urbanecology.brownpapertickets.com . Its only $5 for the first person and $1 for each additional person, so sign up and bring as many friends as you can!!! We want as many people to attend as possible!

    Thanks!
    Rishi

    February 21, 2013

  • Brandi G

    Sounds like a good place to compare notes and learn.

    February 16, 2013

  • Janice A.

    Fantastic!!! Am trying to work around a few things so I can attend. Or, is Saturday possible?

    February 11, 2013

    • Roberta K.

      sorry, they've already set the date. Hope you can make it.

      February 13, 2013

  • Roberta K.

    OOoo, i got the wrong. It's Sunday March 3rd.

    February 10, 2013

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