“For lovers of poultry and best breeding and raising practice”
About the workshop
We all want poultry these days to help us with the gardening, to provide us with their many products and services and so we can become more productive, self-reliant and energy efficient. But if we want to do this then we need to know how to do it so poultry don’t cost the earth and so they can regenerate our landscapes and save us energy, work, money and time.
Chickens and poultry perform many functions in the organic garden and permaculture system. They provide us with gardening and ecological services such as fertilisation of the soil; aeration of the soil; pest control; cleaning up fallen fruit, composting and breaking the fruit fly cycle; and they provide us with a great range of products such as eggs, meat, feathers, manure, and more chickens. Poultry are energy efficient – as they are just the right size to eat the whole bird without needing freezing or even refrigeration (unlike a cow).
However, all of these benefits and functions can only work to their best advantage if they are raised well and managed to be sustainable. Otherwise they become unsustainable to keep, ecologically and economically. They can quickly degenerate your landscape to dust – not regenerate it. They can cost more to keep rather then be economically viable; they can consume more energy to keep than not, and then they can become more work and a liability rather then an asset.
This workshop will help you understand what you need to do to achieve best breeding practice for healthy poultry chickens, turkeys, guinea fowls. It will help you understand the needs of the chicken, providing it with a happy fulfilling life, as well as the breeding cycles an managing incubators and those first weeks of life – so important for the lifetime health and success of your breeding. This is a fun packed practical day with Meg Miller.
About the Trainer
Megg Miller is one of Australia’s leading poultry experts. Megg publishes Grass Roots Magazine and Australasian Poultry and regularly gives workshops on aspects of poultry keeping. She judges at leading agricultural and poultry shows such as the Sydney Royal Agricultural Easter Show and the Melbourne Show as well as local and regional ones.
Megg Miller is addicted to all things poultry and keeps several pure breeds as well as Bronze and Slate turkeys. Over the years she has bred Guinea fowl and Toulouse geese as well as a range of traditional breeds of fowl. Chemical free management has been a priority and current projects include a fowl forest and testing numerous natural health treatments for effectiveness. Megg’s in depth of knowledge and experience of poultry is outstanding. It has been tried and tested over many, many years. Come and meet her and be astounded by one of the best.Book me in!
This workshop will include:
- Producing eggs for eating and for hatching,
- Best practice with eggs
- Storage of eggs
- Pre-incubation care of eggs
- Selecting eggs to set
- Incubator demands (like turning, duration of incubation, risky periods for embryos, coping with a power outage, and hatching)
- Managing the first week of brooding and why this duration determines lifetime health
- Breeding and how to breed
- Using poultry to regenerate your system, flock numbers and carrying capacity
- And more
The workshop will include handling chickens, displays of products and resources and an examination of a straw bale chook house and integrated food forest system.