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Pure poultry : living well with heritage chickens, turkeys and ducks

Author: Victoria Redhed Miller
Publisher: Gabriola, BC, Canada : New Society Publishers, 2013. ©2013
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."Pure Poultry" is the first book in nearly a hundred years to focus specifically on heritage breeds of chickens, turkeys, and ducks and their role in a self-reliant lifestyle.

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Additional Physical Format: Miller, Victoria Redhed, author.
Pure poultry.:
Gabriola Island, BC, Canada : New Society Publishers, [2013] ©2013
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Victoria Redhed Miller
ISBN: 9780865717534 0865717532
OCLC Number: 856726677
Description: x, 221 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 23 cm.
Contents: Table of Contents: Pure PoultryForeword Introduction (Heritage) chickens and turkeys and ducks: oh, my! What is a "heritage" breed and why should you care? Our initial thoughts about raising poultry; why this book doesn't discuss geese, guinea fowl, etc.1. When good people get poultryThe excitement and anticipation (and nervousness) of waiting for our first birds.2. Another beautiful day in paradiseHistory of the farm and David's family; what's unique about our farm; how we got here and what we're up to.3. DaydreamsBrainstorming possible cottage industries; plans to raise enough food for our needs and enough left to share with our families; leaving city life to live off the grid; solar and hydro power.4. A slippery slope: Which comes first, the chickens or the homework?Why planning ahead makes sense; thinking about goals, motivations and daydreams; plan to start small and learn as you go.5. A rooster called CharlemagneBoy, were we naive about chickens, and especially roosters. What we learned about how much we still had to learn.6. Chickens from scratchMy initial ignorance of all things poultry; beginning research months before we got chickens; why we chose heritage breeds; narrowing down the choice of breeds to the "short list."7. Turkeys are people too - but they're not chickensAdvantages and disadvantages of raising your own; differences in feed, housing and roosts; personalities and different breeds.8. Everybody look busy - here come the ducks!Why keep ducks? Housing and feed considerations; predator issues; do you need to have a pond to keep ducks?9. Violet (aka Violent), Bumptious and HamptyAnecdotes from our adventures with various farm mascots.10. Heritage turkeys are more sustainable, and they have more funHeritage turkeys, by definition, are naturally-mating birds, unlike Broad-breasted turkeys, which must be artificially inseminated. 11. "The Mind of a Turkey"Myths about turkeys; odd behaviors and endearing mannerisms.12. Chicken tractors and slug slurpersI haven't seen a slug in my garden since we we've had ducks; how chicken tractors work; poultry and your compost system.13. Hunt and peck: Put natural foraging behavior to workGrains and pasture crops in small-scale agriculture; avoid threshing by letting the birds do the harvesting.14. Turkeys as guard animals?There is a particular call the turkeys use, that we only ever heard when there was a deer in the yard. That is, until the day when a black bear showed up in mid-morning.15. Rooster talk: Predator alert or photo op?How we learned to distinguish the roosters' and turkeys' different predator-alert calls; alert calls are handy for birders.16. Weasels are smaller than you thinkHard lessons learned about coop design and safety; keeping free-range birds safe; a flexible housing solution, useful for chickens of all ages.17. Bobcats with chicken breath, and other bedtime storiesThe all-you-can-eat organic chicken buffet; young Bobby learns to hunt; how we reduced losses by learning the hunting habits of the predators.18. Keeping the ducks safe at nightDucks camping out down by the bog all night; David finds himself all at sea; what it takes to get them up the hill and into their coop for the night.19. Turkeys in the canyonPicture this: our whole flock of turkeys down in the canyon (you know, the one where the bobcats and cougars live); turkeys like to roost in trees - and on cars.20. Equal rights for unhatched chicks: Breeding and broodingLessons we learned about brooding baby birds indoors; things to consider when choosing to breed and hatch your own birds; why we love heritage breeds for their mothering abilities.21. Keeping poultry with other farmyard (and backyard) animalsOn small farms, diversifying is important to long-term sustainability. If you have dogs and/or cats, or other livestock, you need to consider them when you decide to get poultry.22. Small farm new math: If (chicken tractor), then (pig plow) The amazing rooting behavior of Tamworth pigs; using the pigs to turn unused land into pasture; why it's good to have ducks if you have pigs.23. Farm-fresh eggs: what's the big deal?What does "Grade AA" mean, anyway? What's different about cooking with really fresh eggs? Terms on egg cartons defined and explained.24. Duck eggs are delicious, and great for bakingBakers love duck eggs; the viscosity of the white is greater than that of chicken eggs, making them a perfect choice for flourless brownies, quiches, sponge cake and more.25. Slaughtering and processing poultry Lessons we learned the hard way; why we don't just chop off their heads; fresh or frozen?Sidebar: Slaughter vs. Harvest Why we choose to use the term "slaughter"; definitions.26. The best-laid schemes...When Turkey Slaughter Day was called on account of snow27. How to cook your heritage turkeyTips and suggestions for brining, roasting and smoking your turkey; why smaller turkeys really are preferable.28. Tastes like chicken: Cooking and preserving poultryMaking stock and bouillon; canning meat and stock; differences in cooking free-range poultry.29. Chicken (or turkey) pot pie recipesClassic recipes with variations on both crust and fillings, including gluten-free options.30. Egg moneyHow even a small flock of heritage poultry can help earn its keep; where the term "egg money" comes from.31. The bigger picture: Poultry and the communityCoop-building parties, community canning kitchens, poultry clubs and processing co-ops.32. Why and how to buy heritage-breed poultry productsWhat if you don't have the space, time or inclination to keep poultry yourself? How to connect with local producers to enjoy heritage eggs and meat.33. Summer is apparently overWhy I look forward to the fall each year; if the trees change color, it must be molting season for the birds; dealing with the chickens molting early; fall colors and winter coats.34. There's a chill in the airThe days are getting shorter, and the birds have less time to forage. Adjustments we make to keep them healthy, happy, and laying.35. Chicken coop for the soulGetting ready for winter off the grid. Should you insulate or even heat your poultry coops? What we learned about keeping the birds comfortable and safe during winter weather.36. WarmthHeating our home with two wood-burning stoves works great, but requires lots of time and effort, and planning ahead. And what about keeping the birds warm?37. Back to Standard Time, which the birds never leftHow seasonal changes affect the health and behavior of poultry; why we don't use lights in our coops.38. Pure Poultry Premise #1: Purebred animals are more sustainableExample: Broad-Breasted turkeys cannot mate naturally. Conclusion: Breeding for one characteristic might seem to make sense, but in the long run it backfires.39. Pure Poultry Premise #2: Shorten the food chainWhy buy locally-produced food and other products? Profile of Sequim's Alder Wood Bistro, a restaurant committed to sourcing ingredients locally.40. Pure Poultry Premise #3: Challenge the "get big or get out" myth Are we making a living or making a life? For farmers, are "get big or get out" really the only choices.41. Pure Poultry Premise #4: Have fun!From varying the daily routine to Happy Hour with the Chickens, it's important to have fun. After all, if it's not enjoyable, it's not sustainable.42. Abundance and gratitudeOur birds enjoy a good life here, entertaining and educating us as well as helping to feed us. We're grateful for our opportunities, and take seriously our responsibility as stewards of this land and our animals.43. LoveWe love this land, we love our animals, and we love the life we share in this beautiful place. I44. Roots and a roost45. . TomorrowReview of the first five years, and changes in the air. Appendix A: Poultry from Scratch worksheetsAppendix B: Resources (books, web sites, blogs, organizations, etc.)Index
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