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WHAT TO DO WITH Chicken POOP

Most people get chickens with only one magical moment in mind: reaching into the nest for a freshly laid egg. A pleasing reward, indeed, but according to Harvey Ussery, author of The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An all-natural approach to raising chickens and other fowl for home and market growers (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011), the real magic is in the poop. Ussery, who has experimented with chickens for three decades, says would-be chicken keepers might do best to start with the question: What should I do with all this poo?

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Many of us dream of having a little home in the country where we can keep livestock and grow a vegetable garden. But what if work and family keep us rooted in the suburbs or the city? It’s still possible to raise small livestock and grow your own food, as long as you know the laws and do so responsibly.
Your guide to mastering chicken keeping in the suburbs and even the city.
Starting off right with the best birds for your situation will help with long-term success.
The Heritage chicken versus the industrial chicken. What’s the difference?
Ready to go off the grid? Try a solar-powered coop.
What you feed, how you supplement and when you treat will make all the difference for your chickens.
Different times of the year bring different challenges for a free-ranging flock.
Create a DIY first-aid kit and use natural methods to keep your flock happy and healthy.
Help your flock thrive with these attentive tips.
Chickens and gardens aren’t a match made in heaven, but they can coexist and even benefit from each other.
Understanding what “natural” really means can make the difference in your family’s and your chicken’s health.
Don’t underestimate what you can do with quality biowaste in your garden and farm.