Biodynamics Now Podcast: Harvey Ussery, author of "The Small-Scale Poultry Flock"

Harvey Ussery

Harvey Ussery, author of "The Small Scale Poultry Flock"

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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 Press

Harvey Ussery has been developing his whole-systems poultry husbandry for decades and has been writing about chickens and other fowl for Backyard Poultry since the inception of the magazine in early 2006. He has also written numerous articles for Mother Earth News and Countryside & Small Stock Journal, and has published in American Pastured Poultry Producers Association’s newsletter, Grit!, over the years. Ussery has presented at national and local events on poultry, homesteading, and energy and sustainability issues, and maintains a highly informative website, TheModernHomestead.US. He lives with his wife, Ellen, in Virginia.

The Small-Scale Poultry Flock
An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers
By Harvey Ussery
Foreword by Joel Salatin
Pub Date: October, 2011
At last, longtime farmer Harvey Ussery has created the most
comprehensive and definitive guide to date on raising allnatural
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.

The Small-Scale Poultry Flock
An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers

With information on building soil fertility, replacing purchased feed, and working with poultry in the garden.

The most comprehensive guide to date on raising organic poultry for the backyard farmer, homesteader, and professional grower. Harvey Ussery offers a comprehensive and practical whole-systems, integrative approach to animal husbandry, including growing your own feed, brooding at home, and poultry as weed managers in the garden

The Small-Scale Poultry Flock
An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers
by Harvey Ussery
Foreword by Joel Salatin
Table of Contents
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction

Part One: Getting Started
Chapter 1. Why Bother?
Chapter 2. The Integrated Small-Scale Flock
Chapter 3. Your Basic Bird
Chapter 4. Planning the Flock
Chapter 5. Starting the Flock

Part Two: Basic Care
Chapter 6. Housing
Chapter 7. Manure Management in the Poultry House: The Joys of Deep Litter
Chapter 8. Watering
Chapter 9. Pasturing the Flock
Chapter 10. Managing the Pastured Flock Using Electronet
Chapter 11. Mobile Shelters

Part Three: Working Partners
Chapter 12. Putting the Flock to Work
Chapter 13. Chickens in the Garden
Chapter 14. A Question of Balance

Part Four: Feeding the Small-Scale Flock
Chapter 15. Thoughts on Feeding
Chapter 16. Purchased Feeds
Chapter 17. Making Our Own Feeds
Chapter 18. Feeding the Flock from Home Resources
Chapter 19. Cultivating Recomposers for Poultry Feed

Part Five: Other Management Issues
Chapter 20. One Big Happy Family
Chapter 21. Protecting the Flock from Predators
Chapter 22. Helping the Flock Stay Healthy
Chapter 23. Managing the Winter Flock
Chapter 24. Other Domestic Fowl

Part Six: Breeding the Small-Scale Flock
Chapter 25. Breeding for Conservation and Breed Improvement
Chapter 26. Managing the Breeding Season
Chapter 27. Working with Broody Hens

Part Seven: Poultry for the Table
Chapter 28. Butchering Poultry
Chapter 29. Poultry in the Kitchen
Chapter 30. Serving Small Local Markets

Epilogue: The Big Picture
Appendixes
Appendix A: Making Trap Nests
Appendix B: Making a Dustbox
Appendix C: Making a Mobile A-Frame Shelter
Appendix D: Duck Confit, Convenience Food Extraordinaire
Appendix E: A Feed Formulation Spreadsheet
Appendix F: Spreadsheets for Tracking Egg and Broiler Costs and Profits
Appendix G: Natural Eggs and Industrial Eggs Compared
Appendix H: Resources
Glossary
Index
About the Author

5 thoughts on “Biodynamics Now Podcast: Harvey Ussery, author of "The Small-Scale Poultry Flock"

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  1. Hello,

    In the book, you talk about shelter for chickens and how you have a coop built on a dirt floor. There is a sentence in Chapter 7: Manure Management in the Poultry House: The Joys of Deep Litter that says, “(If you have an existing building with a wood or concrete floor to use for poultry housing….You can still use deep litter to keep the henhouse sweet, with a couple of tweaks noted below.)” pg 81. However, I cannot find anything that specifically talks about these “tweaks” that can be made to an existing solid floor henhouse (I have one and am very interested in hearing what ideas you have). I was thinking that you would probably start with a bit of actual soil on the solid floor, followed by several inches of straw/leaves. Do you have any advise for me and/or can you direct me to a place in the book where it is talked about? I could not find it.

    THANKS!

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