Author: John Suscovich
Release Date: 2016-08-17
Inside these pages, you will find step-by-step instructions for a mobile broiler chicken shelter for pastured poultry that is used by farmers and homesteaders all over the country. Raising chickens on grass provides them with a healthy lifestyle and a delicious flavor. You can raise just enough of them to feed your family or scale up to include pastured poultry as a profitable part of your farm business. John Suscovich has raised thousands of chickens using these mobile shelters, a main enterprise on his farm in Connecticut. These chicken tractors were created using the best elements from other designs. They are easy to move and provide a good life for the chickens. With a little bit of creativity, they can also be modified for seasonal egg-layer housing, rabbits, ducks and forts for your kids. Not only does this book contain the plans and supply list to build your first chicken tractor, but it gives you some insight into how to use it and what mindset you should have if you are to become a happy and successful farmer. John also walks you through the light carpentry skills you need to build these chicken tractors and teaches you the most commonly used knots on a farm. You may learn these skills for this project, but you'll be able to apply them on your farm for years to come.
Author: Members of Backyard Chickens.com
Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
Release Date: 2011-08-01
Genre: Technology & Engineering
Keeping chickens isn’t just for farms! The backyard chicken revolution has coops popping up in neighborhoods all over. Home-raised chickens provide a great source of superior, organic eggs that are as close as your backyard. Chickens also make good pets and provide free fertilizer—and lots of fun. Backyard Chickens Guide offers plans and photos for 16 custom coops built by real chicken owners, (including three portable designs known as tractors). Read their stories and learn from their experiences, then head out to the backyard to start your own flock.
Author: Andrew W. Lee
Release Date: 2011-02
Chicken Tractor The Homestead (3rd) Edition This is the book that tells you how to integrate small flocks of poultry in with family food production. There is a "back to the land" movement happening across the world, and it's happening in backyards and on small parcels of land. Chicken tractor systems have become so popular that the term "chicken tractor" is a household word. This is the definitive book that leads the way. Learn how you can: Raise homestead flocks for eggs, meat and money. Use chickens to create super-rich soils that enable hyper-productive gardens. Easily, step-by-step, process poultry at home. Build custom chicken tractors for your homestead. Make a straw bale coop for your flock. Understand how to select, buy and raise the best chickens for your goals. Chicken Tractor is a revolutionary, practical, hands-on book that has helped tens of thousands of gardeners create better gardens. It has changed the lives of millions of chickens all across the planet. In a world full of theory and unapplied academics, Chicken Tractor shines as a sterling example of a practical prototype developed by dirt-under-the-fingernails, creative thinkers. The simple elegance in design and description challenge me afresh to smack my forehead and exclaim "now why didn't I think of that"! In our efforts to bring new paradigms to poultry production, we share a common vision, a brand-new ethics of excellence for proper models, delicious food and local profit potentials. - Joel Salatin, Author and Polyface Farmer
Author: Jody Padgham
Publisher: Norton Creek Press
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Business & Economics
A comprehensive guidebook for those interested in raising poultry on pasture, this reference is organized in an easy-to-use format with topics ranging frombrooding to processing, laying hens to broilers and turkeys, shelter designs, and marketing. (Technology-Agriculture)
If you’re raising poultry for meat and lack easy access to a humane slaughterhouse, a mobile slaughter and processing unit may be the solution. Ali Berlow shows you how to build a unit that accommodates all types of poultry and can easily be moved to any location, making it a great cooperative investment for a community of small-scale farmers. Covering the mechanics of construction, sanitation, safety, and permitting processes, this guide shows you how a mobile slaughterhouse can make your poultry operation more self-sufficient.
Author: Ethan Roland
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
Release Date: 2015-04-29
Genre: Business & Economics
In a world of damaged ecological and social systems, with a fragile global economy and a rapidly changing climate, business as we know it must evolve or perish. It is no longer acceptable to create financial profits by extracting the foundational living wealth of our lands and waters. Enterprises need a new model with which to interpret the world, and a new process for whole-systems design and decision-making. The 8 Forms of Capital is that model. By articulating the multiple forms of capital with which we transact every day, it opens the door for an evolutionary approach to economics and profits. Regenerative Enterprise defines the difference between degenerative, sustainable, and regenerative systems. It articulates the four factors of a regenerative enterprise, and the principles for designing regenerative enterprise ecologies. The Regenerative Enterprise Institute also offers coaching and consulting services to enterprises and corporations that want to take the leap to regeneration.
Small-farm and backyard poultry producers will be interested in a new publication from Whizbang Books. Anyone Can Build A Whizbang Chicken Scalder, by Herrick Kimball provides complete instructions for transforming a common 40-gallon propane water heater into a high-efficiency chicken scalding device.According to the author, his scalder design allows a person to select the exact water temperature they want, and the units controls will automatically maintain that temperature within 4°. The result is a precision scald that translates into fast, clean, and easy feather plucking.The Whizbang scalder is attached to a wood framework with wheels. So it can be easily transported by one person. The frame also supports a dunker mechanism that will hold three chickens at a time and can be operated by hand or with a motor. When motorized, the auto-dunker will process up to 120 chickens per hour.Kimball says the Whizbang scalder can be built by anyone who knows how to use basic carpentry and mechanical tools. The estimated cost to construct the scalder, framework, and a manual dunker, using all new materials, is around $675. A used water heater and some resourceful scrounging will significantly reduce that price..The Whizbang Scalders tank is sized to handle chickens only. But the same state-of-the-art temperature controls, coupled with the burner from a salvaged water heater, can be employed to heat a tank with turkey capacity. This option is discussed in the final chapter of the book.About The Author:Herrick Kimball, of Moravia, New York, is a homesteader and grassroots inventor who has been raising and processing his own poultry for the past six years. He is the author of "Anyone Can Build A Tub-Style mechanical Chicken Plucker."
This book tells small-farm and backyard poultry producers how to easily build an inexpensive professional-style "Whizbang" tub plucker. The Whizbang plucker will strip feathers (pinfeathers too) off scalded chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese with the simple flip of a switch. It takes about 15 seconds to completely pluck the birds. The reader need not be a welder, engineer or machinest to build a Whizbang plucker--basic carpentry skills are all that's needed. A Resources chapter at the end of the book tells the reader where to find needed parts.
Originally devised as a guide for converting from imperial to metric measurements, 'The Metric Handbook' has since been totally transformed into a major international handbook of planning and design data. The second edition has been completely updated, with most chapters being totally rewritten, to meet the needs of the modern designer. The book contains nearly 50 chapters dealing with all the principal building types from airports, factories and warehouses, offices shops and hospitals, to schools, religious buildings and libraries. For each building type 'The Metric Handbook' gives the basic design requirements and all the principal dimensional data. Several chapters deal with general aspects of building such as materials, lighting, acoustics and tropical design. There are also sections on general design data, including details of human dimensions and space requirements. It is a unique authoritative reference for solving everyday planning problems. In its various editions it has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide, and continues to be a reference work belonging on every design office desk or drawing board.
Author: Martin Ford
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Release Date: 2015-09-03
Genre: Business & Economics
Intelligent algorithms are already well on their way to making white collar jobs obsolete: travel agents, data-analysts, and paralegals are currently in the firing line. In the near future, doctors, taxi-drivers and ironically even computer programmers are poised to be replaced by 'robots'. Without a radical reassessment of our economic and political structures, we risk the very implosion of the capitalist economy itself. In Rise of the Robots, technology expert Martin Ford systematically outlines the achievements of artificial intelligence and uses a wealth of economic data to illustrate the terrifying societal implications. From health and education to finance and technology, his warning is start - all jobs that are on some level routine are like to eventually be automated, resulting in the death of traditional careers and a hollowed-out middle class. The robots are coming and we have to decide – now – whether the future will bring prosperity or catastrophe.