7027Re:THE NATURE OF FOOD.
- Feb 1, 2008So much to reply to in this digest of messages! I too
am a former vegeterian/vegan- formerly of New Orleans!
I'm not a faddist or one that buys into diet as
spiritual expression. I eat what is healthy and what
my body seems to do well on. My diet rolls with what
is available, grown etc. on my land or locally,
I keep chickens and other fowl as well as a few
cattle, goats and rabbits. I am moving towards a Joe
Salatin style of farming.
He uses a "tractor" for meat birds and a "prairie"
wagon system for layers where they free range after
they have lain.
IMO, it is very difficult to provide all the bird's
nutrition just from grazing, or will at least
intially. If you improve the quality of your
pastures, maybe... This is especially true if you use
the typical Cornish X meat birds. I've not found an
ideal breed or cross yet. There are alledgedly
"Freedom Rangers" , etc. that possess the desired
qualities to thrive on a pasture system.
There is a Yahoo group for pastured poultry.
My concept is to use birds as the "clean up crew"
after the herbivores ala Salatin. I think I will
probably do some reseeding of more desirable and
sustainable species and try to rid my land of invasive
Johnson and Veasy grasses...
It's been my experience, however that color, taste and
quality of egg yolk IMPROVES with access to pasture.
Chickens will fly over a 6' fence. Clipping may or
may not help- seems to depend on the bird. Guineas
will sound the <deafening> alarm sometimes. They
mostly seem to be 'fraidy cats. Very scatter-brained.
Will forget what you look like from day to day even
though you raised them from day one. They are,
however, good food sources as well.
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