Starting Out With Natural and Organic Family Flock Keeping
Hello to all first time GEU subscribers, and to any older subscribers, as well, who have just wandered into this section, for the first time.
A warm welcome to you all from Jo and myself, and from the wider GEU family, with an extra "Welcome, and Well Done!" for all or who have recently started out with their very first flock of fowls for the family and the food garden.
You are at the very start of a great new adventure, and this new introductory section on the website is written especially for you!
Fast Answers for Sharp Questions.
The first purpose of this section is to help and reassure you with some very quick answers and solutions to some of your most urgent or most worrying initial questions with the flocks.
This part of the website will offer you some basic first steps and guidelines in feeding, housing, foraging and managing your first flock of fowls for the garden, or for the farm.
Also - if you have kept chooks before, but are new to all-organic, all-natural sustainable flock keeping practice - this introductory section will offer some quick answers and alternative natural feed mixes, mite and lice treatments, and all- organic solutions for some of your most immediate needs, anxieties and questions.
Once you have had your immediate needs met with questions and queries answered in here, or if the information you are presently seeking runs deeper - and "fields farther" - than the entries in this introductory section are intended to cover, please go back to the menu bar.
There you will find the weekly "Good Earth Poultry", "Good Earth Garden", "Good Earth Farm and Stock" and "How To Grow" and "How To Build" sites for further, wider reading offering much more detailed, cross-connecting, information.
Flock and Garden; Urban Farming, Smallholding, Commercial Breeding: Paul is Still Doing All Of It!
You will find, within this website, a wealth of information on every possible aspect of organic food growing, as well as on keeping fowls, game and waterfowl both in the urban garden and on the land.
Soon you will find, as well, a steadily building resource of information on building sheds, pens, fences, poultry yards and runs, as well as on keeping and breeding pigs, sheep, goats and cattle, as Paul has done and is still doing all of those things, always organically, and still with a full time, hand on, effort and energy which is just exhausting to watch - from a safe distance!
More than eighty percent of what our family eats now, and has eaten - for the past forty years - are the all organically grown vegetables, fruit and meat bred and reared on the farm and in our own food gardens.
So even though you may be starting at the very beginning of your own family food growing journey, please do not feel in any way limited or constrained to stay within this section!
Look around, browse about, and - from the start - please feel free to use the whole website as your broader, wider resource, reaching above and beyond the introductory steps of this section.
Weekly Written, Current Weekend Weather Adjusted Flock Keeping Tips and Food Garden Advice
This website offers a unique combination of standing, accumulated knowledge and advice that is supplemented by two freshly written, weekly written, all new columns, each week, that are seasonally pertinent, current weather contemporary, up to last minute, in their content.
These weekly updated, twin Good Earth columns are matched to a "This Week's Tasks" guide - in point form - listed to provide seasonally pertinent information on what herbs and fodder plants to grow for chooks, each season, or when to treat for parasites, clean nest boxes, provide dust baths, grow potted poultry greens etc.
So keep a watch on each weeks new Good Earth Uncut poultry column and family food garden listing, for totally up to date "this weather, this weekend" advice on all flock keeping and food growing.
A Treasure Trove of Collected Writing
You will find also - if you delve further back into the columns written across the weekends of the past six months - many articles dealing with the moult, wing clipping, fencing, housing and rotating birds through the garden and the orchard, plus, many other essential tips on natural flock management and poultry gardening.
All of that information will be topic and subject listed, across the next few months, and will be added to this section, piece by piece, as it is listed.
A Work In Progress.
So - just as our weekly works and joys within the family food garden and poultry flocks will never be finished, but remain a part of our days, and lives, across the many endless seasons of our years - so all of the material included here remains very much a "work in progress".
As I am still sowing the food beds, feeding the flocks, taking hay to the cows, or scratching the ears of "Battleship Sally" - our big black sow - while "talking turkey" with the turkeys, so we are still "walking the walk" and working the work of growing the food, tending the stock, feeding a young family, and in connecting and reflecting, before writing - day by day, and week into week - at this website.
So we are still living it, testing it, trying new things, always trialing fresh ideas and different thoughts while looking for new ways and better means of developing ever better integrated, easier, more efficient approaches to the work and life.
Please Use Paul Directly, as a "Resource of Last Resort" in Emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are still confused, anxious and doubtful in your very first days of poultry keeping and still have questions left unanswered, after reading through this Intro section, please use Paul directly as a resource directly, via his email, sending him your questions if you remain anxious that you may have overlooked or forgotten something essential, or are doing the wrong things, for your flocks.
He will soon set you right, either by answering your questions directly, or in pointing you to the right information, in this website, for your needs.
Coming Soon: A Comprehensive Topics|Subjects Index.
We are starting to catalogue and amass a comprehensive subject|topics index for this website.
While this task cannot be fully completed within a few days and weeks - not with so much other work ongoing - by years end, and hopefully well before that time, we will have an extensive list of all of the practical, hands on subjects and topics covered by all of the writing in this website.
This subjects index will complement and include all of the weekly, calendar dated, information published in the previous weekly columns written for this website.
This index will save much time in searching through the weekly dated columns list, as you will be able to go straight to each topic and area of information wanted, as needed.
So welcome, all, again, and please read on: feel free to explore all that is here, including the poetry, which will soon have much more material available for subscribers.
Paul has been regretting the lack of time for updating the lyric content, as practical matters are dealt with first, but his muse has promised many more pieces on birdlife, poultry, farming, landscape and living, soon.
We hope and trust you will all enjoy the journey!