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What breed of chickens would make the best lawn mowers for a food forest preperation?

You're confusing concepts. Chickens are used to prepare the ground prior to the planting of the food forest. They weed the ground, fertilize and lay eggs. They are confined inside moveable fencing, ...
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Impact on environment: a million horses vs a million cars

In large numbers, horses are more problematic than cars. According to Eric Morris, in 1898 delegates from around the world gathered to discuss urban planning. The issue they were "desperate" to solve ...
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What breed of chickens would make the best lawn mowers for a food forest preperation?

FORGET chickens, bucko. They might eat seeds and seedlings but in no universe I know they actually cut grass down. My goodness. If you are wanting A LAWN forget about hiring goats, horses, cattle......
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What breed of chickens would make the best lawn mowers for a food forest preperation?

Chickens are not lawn mowers. They eat grass, but they select what they like (plants with relatively large leaves are preferred, like clovers, Plantago, etc). So you have no uniform cutting. They ...
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Impact on environment: a million horses vs a million cars

I think the main problem is that commuting is almost never "eco-friendly". There's a lot of energy that's needed to carry your behind (and your carriage) from your home to your workplace. I think the ...
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How do I raise guinea pigs effectively for meat?

When I visited Peru, EVERY house had a guinea pig pen in the back yard. Peru doesn't prep food like north Americans do, so there was a lot of husks, stems, trimmings, peelings. These went to the ...
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What do I need to do to have chickens survive winters in a free range method?

There isn't much to do at all. Chickens are just fine in snow and at night pile on top each other for warmth. The primary issue with cold weather and chickens is crop freezing. So pick a cold-...
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Stressing chickens out when it's time to lay

We've been keeping chickens for a few years now, and in my experience they don't seem to mind a few hours without access to the nest boxes. They will sometimes lay an egg in other places, we get to ...
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Can you microchip animals in an organic herd?

From Guide for Organic Livestock Producers.pdf @ www.ams.usda.gov/nop I will make a case for yes, microchipped animals are organic but then again I am not affiliated with USDA so you might want to ...
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What is a sustainable quantity for per-capita meat consumption?

There are a few factors to consider which would change the results, such as: Animal welfare issues What sort of animals you're eating What you feed the animals on How much of the animal you're ...
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What breed of chickens would make the best lawn mowers for a food forest preperation?

I use free range chickens to help with lawn management. They do an excellent job and do not destroy the lawn if they have enough space to roam. Any breed will do. I now cut the grass only a few times ...
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All my Rabbits Stopped Producing

When you got the rabbits last winter, did you get any guarantee of their age. As a general rule, Does stop breeding at about 4 years old while Bucks stop at about 5 or 6. I don't have any literature ...
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I've read that black locust is poisonous to sheep, so will installing black locust poles poison sheep also?

Pretty much everything is toxic if you have too much of it. Water, for example, can be toxic to humans. The trick to not going insane in this world is to stop looking at lists on websites that claim ...
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How do I raise guinea pigs effectively for meat?

provide them with brush piles and only release them into a free range area when you have alot like at least 20-100. and keep a few backups in a pen. we had a guinea pig live to almost 9 years living ...

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