Great Big Ideas & Takeaways:
- Intermediate skills for successfully raising chickens for meat.
- Improving the odds of chick survival in the first 2 weeks.
- Why you can expect to lose anywhere from 5% to 15% of your birds.
- Moving newly purchased chicks quickly from the hatchery to your property—tips for circumventing postal delivery problems, so there’s less delay.
- The primary breed of chicken that Joel prefers to raise for meat.
- The fastest growing breed of chicken.
- Hardening off chicks to prepare them for colder outdoor temperatures.
- Automating your chicken plucking… to process more birds, faster.
- Protecting chicks in the brooder from rats.
- Understanding the seasonality of chickens in your region.
About The Speaker:
Joel Salatin, 59, calls himself a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. Others who like him call him the most famous farmer in the world, the high priest of the pasture, and the most eclectic thinker from Virginia since Thomas Jefferson. Those who don’t like him call him a bio-terrorist, Typhoid Mary, charlatan, and starvation advocate.
He co-owns, with his family, Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. Featured in the New York Times bestseller Omnivore’s Dilemma and award-winning documentary Food Inc., the farm services more than 5,000 families, 50 restaurants, 10 retail outlets, and a farmers’ market with salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, pastured poultry, and forestry products. When he’s not on the road speaking, he’s at home on the farm, keeping the callouses on his hands and dirt under his fingernails, mentoring young people, inspiring visitors, and promoting local, regenerative food and farming systems.
Salatin writes The Pastoralist column for Stockman Grass Farmer, granddaddy catalyst for the grass farming movement, and the Pitchfork Pulpit column for Mother Earth News, as well as numerous guest articles for ACRES USA and other publications.
When he’s not on the road speaking, he’s at home on the farm, keeping the callouses on his hands and dirt under his fingernails, mentoring young people, inspiring visitors, and promoting local, regenerative food and farming systems.
QUESTION: Do you have chickens on your property? How many? And where are you keeping them? Are they for eggs, meat, or both/neither?