Get More Out of Your Chickens (with less work) – Nine Crazy Simple Design Concepts

Categories: On The Farm

Great article if you are interested in backyard chickens.

I just about quit homesteading (after 10 years). 

After living the good life on my family farm near Asheville, NC, I was near done. 

D.O.N.E. Done. 

A chronic illness like Lyme disease will do that to a person. I was broke, physically and financially. I needed to be more efficient with my operation, or I’d go bust. 

Then I stumbled across this video on Youtube where a guy name Geoff Lawton was giving a tour of his flat-out amazing farm. I’d never seen anything like it. EVERYTHING was working together, and it seemed so abundant and easy. And, I mean everything: Cows, goats, ducks, chickens, gardens, interns etc…

Turns out Geoff is pretty much the “grandson” of a design concept called Permaculture. 

Geoff ended up being my teacher. (Yes, I flew all the way from NC to Australia to see his farm and train under him. If you dug a hole through the earth from my farm you’d end up in Australia. Can’t get any further than that.)


Back to my story.

Whether you already have chickens or you’re just thinking about getting started, it’s crucial — it’s key — to look as some of the Permaculture Design Conepts to increase your abundance without all that labor.  

Design Concept #1: Location, Location, Location. It’s so dead simple, you might ignore it. 

The core of permaculture is design, and design is a connection between things … It’s the very opposite of what we’re taught in school.  Education takes everything and pulls it apart and makes no connections at all.  Permaculture makes the connections, because as soon as you’ve got the connection, you can feed the chicken from the tree.” – Bill MollisonGranddaddy of Permaculture

The key to a prime location is placing elements of your system based on how they might interact and meet each other’s needs. Your elements are stuff like a garden, chicken run, orchard, wood pile, pond, cow field, etc… 

Let’s take the case of the chicken and the tree that good ol’ Bill mentioned. You would place those elements (fruit tree and chicken run) within close proximity so they can easily provide for each other’s needs. 

The tree needs debugging, sanitation, fertilizer, and the chicken needs food. 


The two elements meet each other’s needs with minimal work from you. That’s permaculture!

To Continue Reading this article please go and visit our friends at Abundant Permaculture to Learn More.

via AbundantPermaculture

  Page Turn  

Related articles in On The Farm