*The chicks have come so we are definitely on for this date!*
With chickens we can "Obtain a Yield" (eggs, meat & fertilizer), and "Use Renewable Services" (bug control & weed control) easily. Poultry are fun and easy livestock to keep, needing minimal care and space compared to any other animal. If you want to integrate chickens into your permaculture plans, a great way to get started is with day-old hatchlings from a local farm, feed store or reputable mail order source.
So, once the chicks arrive... then what?
Come check out Amy & Steve's setup, complete with chicks! We have used this brooder and method numerous times and can tell you about our successes as well as problems. Temperature, food, water, and bedding will all be discussed.
We will then help you plan for when they've grown up with a tour of our coop, where you can meet our laying hens. We'll talk about rotational grazing, chicken tractors, fencing, predators, litter management, breed choices, chicken health and culling. We will also talk about moving away from brooder use in the future by encouraging your hens to raise the next generation themselves.
We will also discuss care of ducklings, which we have raised but don't expect to have at the time. You can meet the adult ducks, though and see our set up for them.
The cost for this class is on a sliding scale of $5-10, payable at the meetup.
Steve Diamond has spent the last few years focusing on homesteading and permaculture projects. He is also a computer and IT guy, specializing in rescuing and reusing older systems to keep them out of the landfills.
Amy Antonucci is a certified permaculture designer, bee / chicken / goat keeper, student of herbal medicine, and worked in organic agriculture for over ten years. She has spoken at libraries, schools, garden clubs and been interviewed on the radio about homesteading topics.