- Paperback: 334 pages
- Publisher: Polyface (July 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0963810901
- ISBN-13: 979-0963810907
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 139 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Joel Salatin and his family own and operate Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The farm produces pastured beef, pork, chicken, eggs, turkeys, rabbits, lamb and ducks, servicing roughly 6,000 families and 50 restaurants in the farm’s bioregion. He has written 11 books to date and lectures around the world on land healing, local food systems.
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8 weeks later we did raise 60-something cornish-x's successfully; thank you Joe Salatan!
We did use this book as our "bible" using it very often to check weather issues etc ... we moved our chickens three times a day.
I read a review that said the book is disorganized, and it is a bit choppy; it has been written over many decades and so plan on taking notes & marking important passages, but I do feel it is an important book and it gave my husband & I the pertinent information to successfully raise a very healthy flock - and let me tell you, these are beautiful healthy birds! We'll be sad to see them go, but next year we'll run 2 tractors and run them twice.
Joel Salatin lays it all out. We use the ration for layers all year, from chick to adult.
We realized feeding less and butchering at a lower weight was a much better mode of operation.
First year of following this, 33 chickens, not one death. 6-7 weeks old at butchering, 3.5-4.5lbs. dressed chickens. Completely positive experience.
Second year 110 chickens, nearly twenty deaths (overfed- heart and lung failure, perhaps acidosis?) 7-8 weeks old at butchering, 4.5-6lbs. dressed chickens. Once we realized we were feeding too much we slowed down deaths, and eliminated them but it was scary to see so many lost. Online communities can really help diagnose.
This book is an extremely useful and comprehensive reference tool. From shelter to butchering, marketing and value. Joel Salatin will pump you up and let you believe in honest food and your part in it. Anyone can do it. I recommend you do it. We started on a quarter acre in a suburb allotment, the heavily treed backyard of my parents. They did so well we moved out to a farm 15 minutes away the next year. If you could raise the birds at your home it would be extremely appealing, to an even greater degree because the constant contact and supervision you could exercise. Still, even being removed from them, it was a great experience.
Some of the conditions have changed, internet is now a great tool for marketing. It may be a little more to regulate according to your government but this book needs very little updating, just start. You will make your own adjustments and find it satisfying.
However, the book touts making $25K in 6 months on 20 acres but when you read the book you soon learn that is with TWO people working (modeled as husband/wife team in the book) and working nearly EVERY DAY for 6 months so you might want to keep those profits in perspective. Also, even the book admits your will have to count as loss if a fox, coyote, or other animal gets in your pens. Additionally the model of Joels pens does NOT work if you ground is greatly sloped or rocky (just ask our friends in New York) but it gives a good launching point for creativity. Overall, raising your own brood if you have some space means YOU are in control of what you eat and the book is written in such a friendly, easy-going way it nearly guarantees success.
With all the hormone and antibiotic injections and all other nastiness (like 30% of fluid in your store-bought chicken is chicken feces) that comes with comercial/large chicken farms as both mentioned in this book and published in reputable literature buying pastured poultry is worth the extra $$ for our family. It truly does taste different and we find we don't need as much on our plate to feel full. Overall this book was inspiring and made me appreciate the hard work of my local farmers/ranchers even more.