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  •  Next step = chickens? n/t (4+ / 0-)
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    Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth - Abraham Lincoln

    by Gustogirl on Wed Sep 28, 2011 at 08:08:45 AM PDT

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    •  Check out this kid's free-range chicken operation (7+ / 0-)

      Linky to great story about high school senior's egg business. He's even going to teach a how-to class.

      "For me it was chickens. I decided to create a business plan and see where it took me. My plan was to produce fresh, free-range eggs for local consumers. I looked for opportunities to sell eggs and found a lot of niches," Davis said.

      His plan succeeded. He started with 30 hens in a small storage shed and expanded to 350 free-range hens that produce 280 eggs a day. Davis supplies all nine Mason County schools with eggs and delivers eggs by the dozens to nearby homes twice a week. The eggs cost $2 a dozen and produce a profit of $1.25 to $1.35 per dozen and are regulated by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. After he subtracts the cost of feed, Davis makes about $150 a week from his self-sustaining business.

      His father is an industrial maintenance specialist and his mother a secretary. They don't farm. Their son's interest in chickens and hens baffled them, but they supported his efforts and let him build a neat, efficient coop and compost facility on a corner of the two acres surrounding their home.

      "I'm not a humanitarian. I'm a hell-raiser." Mother Jones

      by histopresto on Wed Sep 28, 2011 at 08:16:47 AM PDT

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    •  the chickens Loooove my compost pile (5+ / 0-)
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      as I mentioned, my neighbor has a coop (that doesn't do much to pen the birds in). They keep me company when I'm working in the garden, and they seem to get along with the dog ok, too.
      I let them rummage through my compost, and as payment they stir up the compost and crap enthusiastically while in there. That works out nicely, since I don't need to buy manure for my composting; the biggest boost my garden has gotten so far. I'm not so thrilled with their digging up my raspberry and blueberry bushes, though. I'll have to fence that stuff next year, if it survives.
      BTW, they're laying hens. The neighbor does raise some meat birds, but those things look like mutants to me.

      Class war has consequences, and we are living them.

      by kamarvt on Wed Sep 28, 2011 at 08:26:38 AM PDT

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