Chickens are the key ingredient for a successful Permaculture Food Forest.
To build a food forest, you need to build an ecosystem where all your plants AND animals work together. Ground fowl including chickens, turkeys, guinea hens, etc will fill that role eating bugs, turning up soil, and keeping everything healthy.
Food forests need animals to take care of the plants to make it all work. Chickens are native to forest areas so they love running around and turning the soil, taking care of the ground layer to monitor your food forest and make sure everything is healthy.
Some things you need to keep in mind as you add chickens to your food forest:
Some chickens are better for laying eggs while others have a larger size to make them better meat hens.
Broodiness is the natural instinct to sit on the eggs to get them to hatch so you sutain your flock.
Each breed of hen will have a different balance between these factors in addition to the cold or warm acclimated and personalities.
Some of the best homestead dual-purpose breeds are below:
For more information on backyard chickens, homestead breeds, or farm pets in general, be sure to check out: PetHelpful.com.
Breed Source: 5 Best Chicken Breeds for Your Homestead
Written by: Page Ollice
Founder of Good Old Fashioned, Page has spent over 7 years researching off grid and sustainable living techniques to design one master project: A self reliant homestead in New Mexico that takes into account shelter, water, fuel, food, waste management, heat/cooling, and electricity. He is putting all his notes online open source for public use so that anyone can follow his plans to building their own autonomous, self-reliant homestead.
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