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Permaculture Chicken: Pasture Basics

Children's chicken bookI've got two new chicken books for your reading pleasure this week.  First, the free one....

Hop, Step, Peck...RUN! is a children's picture book I wrote before I learned to self-publish.  It stars Lucy and our first set of chickens, back when we kept them in tractors.

Rather than selling the picture book separately, I added it as a bonus at the end of
The Working Chicken.  If you've bought that ebook on Amazon, you should get an email from them shortly letting you know that you can download the updated version for free.  If you don't have the Amazon ebook, just email and I'll send you a pdf copy to read on your computer.  There are no strings attached, but I will add you to my book email list unless you ask not to be included.

Chicken pasturing ebookThe second ebook is more serious (and is written for adults).  Permaculture Chicken: Pasture Basics sums up all of my readings and research to make it easy to keep chickens and grass happy together.  I'll post highlights here over the course of the week, or you can splurge 99 cents to get your own copy on Amazon (which
can be read on nearly any device.)  Here's the blurb:

Permaculture Chicken: Pasture Basics starts at the beginning to help you design the best pasturing setup for your flock and for your homestead.  Great grazing for chickens won't be found in the perfect pasture for sheep or cows --- you need to tweak your design to match a chicken's unique behavior and stomach.

Included in this volume are an explanation of chicken digestion and behavior, pasture specifics like size and shape, a rundown on which traditional pasture plants chickens enjoy, tips on maximizing plant growth during rotation, and an explanation of how to establish new pastures and maintain existing grazing areas.  Cut your feed costs with pastured chickens!

As usual, I'll also make the ebook free on Amazon on Friday for those who want to wait for a free copy, and you can email me Friday for a free pdf copy as well.  Thanks for reading (and double thanks if you find the time to leave a review on Amazon)!

This post is part of our Permaculture Chicken: Pasture Basics lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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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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Great post! I have been thinking about how to improve our pasture for our chickens and turkeys when this showed up in my reader. I will be sure to read your new book!
Comment by Adriana Mon Feb 18 19:48:15 2013

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