Today, I had the pleasure of sharing my passion for livestock, namely chickens in this instance, at a permaculture orientation session in my hometown of Dalhousie, NB. As always, I had some butterflies but overcame them to deliver my powerpoint presentation on chickens and their integration into permaculture set-ups. In my 2+ years of farming with chickens, I’ve learned a great deal from books, websites, discussion forums, and other farmers and poultry enthusiasts. I hope I was able to accelerate this process for those in attendance as they seek to determine the right fit for their backyard or barnyard flocks.
A big thank you to Bob Ewing and Marie-Christine Allard for the organization of this much needed event in our region. I am confident that efforts such as this will help us to bring about big changes in the mentality towards food security, food sustainability, food availability, permaculture, and agriculture as a whole.
Should you have questions concerning anything from the presentation or anything contained within the power point, please do no hesitate to contact me via the contacts provided in the power point. Sometimes time constraints keep one from fully answering questions or concerns that might arise from the presentation. For example, in determining the quality of a laying hen, despite signs of aging, one can look at the condition of the vent. A moist horizontal slit would indicate that a bird is laying, while a dry puckered vent would indicate that the hen is either off cycle or has slowed down to the point of very little egg production.
Finally, it was very encouraging to be in the company of people who are eager to learn and share what they have learned about farming. It is through communication of different approaches that someone can learn to break a mold and step into an area of discomfort to better their farming experience or, in the very least, try something new.
Click on the link below to access the power point presentation. Livestock & Permaculture Design