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Chicken cherry pasture

The steepest pasture hill yet
The current chicken pasture I'm working on is a challenge due to 90 percent of it being on a steep hill.

It should make it harder for deer to find their way down to us. I would guess over half of all our deer incursions came from this direction.

We planted a cherry bush in this area which is looking good and should be an excellent source of protein for our flock once the cherries start dropping.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Just stumbeled on your site, did a google search for “rotational chicken pen” and you came up. Love the amount of information you have posted.

Have you ever heard of The Survival Podcast? It’s a great show with a 50K member audience that would love to hear your story and learn from your experiences. The host, Jack Spirko, was recently asking for guests with experience in bee keeping. Please visit and fill out the guest submission form. Hope to hear you on the show. Thanks.


Comment by Mike Thu Jun 14 06:26:23 2012
Mike --- A few people have pointed us toward that podcast. Unfortunately, we vastly prefer writing to being interviewed, so I don't think we'll submit an application there anytime soon. Both of us are just shy....
Comment by anna Thu Jun 14 07:02:47 2012
Anna - I know how you feel! But you were great in the podcast you did last year. Jack does a great show, but he occasionally gets emails from young folks who seem to think you need a small fortune to buy a ready-made homestead. You and Mark figured out how to make this work without a lot of money and I think that’s a message that needs to get out there!
Comment by BeninMA Thu Jun 14 13:28:56 2012

Thanks BeninMA, I knew I'd find another listener out there.

I understand you not wanting to go on the show. If you ever reconsider go by the site and check it out I'd like to hear you guys on there.

Comment by Mike Thu Jun 14 16:27:55 2012

BeninMA --- I appreciate you saying that! I thought I was pretty terrible. :-) But maybe it's a skill I should work on...perhaps this winter....

Mike --- Actually, several folks have recommended that podcast to me. It seems to be very well received!

Comment by anna Thu Jun 14 16:38:58 2012
Anna - I wasn't just saying it, I thought you sounded great! And when it comes to homesteading, you guys are the real deal - I know you'll inspire a lot of listeners to that show! Jack has had people like Salatin and Lawton on -- which is great, but not always as good as hearing from an average person who's made it happen.
Comment by BeninMA Fri Jun 15 02:05:19 2012
BeninMA --- I guess I'll put it on my list for the winter, then. :-)
Comment by anna Fri Jun 15 07:18:21 2012

You really did it. I haven't listened to it yet but I'm sure it's good. My brother just got some chickens, I need to tell him to listen to the episode and pickup one of your waterers.


Comment by Mike Fri Dec 14 15:36:41 2012

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