Chickens articles

Oct
14
2020
Chris Lesley

What to know about choosing your backyard chicken

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Thinking about getting some chickens but not sure which breed to start with? Chris Lesley of Chickens And More shares her top tips for what to consider when choosing your backyard chicken. Read more …

Aug
16
2020
Dave Darby

We need to completely close down industrial animal agriculture

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Industrial agriculture is cruel to animals, cruel to people who work in it, it damages the environment and concentrates wealth in very few hands. I guess if you’re reading this, you know that already, and I don’t have to explain it. The problem is, it’s still there, doing its vile stuff every day. What do we do about it? Read more …

May
10
2020
Dave Darby

Our policy on keeping animals & eating meat

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Our topics include vegetarianism and veganism, but also keeping animals (for meat, dairy, eggs, honey, wool, leather, work etc); and also fishing and hunting animals in the wild. Is this incongruous? As a sustainability / new economy organisation, should we be promoting only veganism, rather than the keeping and/or eating of animals? Read more …

Jan
10
2019
Lesley Anderson

Life on Birchwood Croft: tales of smallholding in the Scottish Highlands

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Lesley Anderson learns about the ups and downs of life for crofters Beth and Tim Rose at Birchwood Croft in the Scottish Highlands.

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Sep
16
2018
Simon Fairlie

Is eating meat ethical or sustainable? Interview with Simon Fairlie, author of ‘Meat: A Benign Extravagance’

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We are sometimes approached by people asking why we provide information on vegetarianism, veganism and keeping animals. Isn’t that a bit incongruous? We don’t think it is Read more …

Jul
3
2018
Lesley Anderson

The case for feeding food waste to pigs

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If we are going to use livestock to produce food, we need to work out how to do so sustainably. It has always been a source of frustration to me that so much food is wasted, yet we cannot legally use it to feed our livestock, leaving them munching away on food which could have been used to feed people. Read more …

Apr
22
2018
Lesley Anderson

How to make a chicken coop from a repurposed plastic barrel

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Wooden chicken houses can be a nightmare, especially when they are infested with red mite: hiding in every crack and crevice and tormenting your hens. Those recycled plastic chicken houses can be expensive though and even they have some design flaws! Read more …

Feb
11
2018
John Harrison

On a small scale, why is it illegal to give food waste to chickens and other animals?

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Imagine you have a factory producing sandwiches for supermarkets and petrol stations etc. Maybe you’re producing 100,000 packs a day or even more. Now imagine the worst thing that could happen. Perhaps someone comes in to work with food poisoning and contaminates the product and 100,000 people come down with food poisoning. Read more …

Dec
3
2017
Dave Darby

Does the sustainability of meat production depend on the size of a holding and the number of animals kept on it?

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I want to investigate at what size meat production becomes unsustainable (in terms of acreage, number of animals etc.) – i.e. whether it can be sustainable at all, and if so, whether there’s an upper limit, above which it can’t be sustainable Read more …

Nov
30
2017
Lesley Anderson

Should you keep a rooster with your hens? (and how to deal with a problem rooster)

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I prefer to keep my animals as naturally as possible to allow them to express their natural behaviour and reduce stress, so I have always kept a rooster with my hens. It is true that you do not need a cockerel or a rooster in your flock for your hens to lay eggs. So why would you want this noisy addition who needs just as much food but doesn’t lay any eggs? Read more …

Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Living Low Impact

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We’re excited to introduce our new Facebook group Living Low Impact – and you’re invited! Read more …

Oct
15
2017
Dave Darby

Is it ethical to eat meat, or to keep animals for meat or dairy?

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This is a very important question for us here at Lowimpact.org, because we have courses, books, magazines, links etc on keeping animals and on game. We also have vegetarianism and veganism as topics – because we recognise the environmental benefits of eating less meat. Read more …

Sep
12
2017
Lesley Anderson

How the study of animal behaviour (ethology) can help you keep livestock more ethically and sustainably

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I want to talk about something which can help us design more ethical and sustainable ways of keeping our livestock. It is a subject that has always fascinated me and, if you keep animals, I think you will find it fascinating too. It is the is the study the behaviour of animals, particularly in their natural environment, known as ‘Ethology’. Read more …

Aug
22
2017
Lesley Anderson

Slug control with ducks!

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You don’t have a slug problem, you have a duck deficiency” – Bill Mollison Read more …

Aug
16
2017
Sophie Paterson

A year of downshifting in Devon

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Downshifting means working less, earning less and spending less and it’s what Lowimpact.org’s Sophie Paterson has spent the past year attempting to do. She shares what she’s learnt so far and why she’d encourage others to embrace downshifting too. Read more …

Apr
13
2017
Sophie Paterson

Smallholding with heart: advice about getting and running a smallholding from Janet Jenkins of Cuckoo Farm

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Embarking on a new life in the countryside, away from the trappings of urban existence, is a dream increasingly common to many. This week we interviewed Janet Jenkins about her and her family’s smallholding journey, putting the heart back into the land at Cuckoo Farm. Read more …

Sep
14
2016
John Harrison

Progress? Is modern food production efficient (using poultry as an example)?

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We often hear it said that modern farming is efficient and results in low cost food on our table but how true is that? I would contend that there is an awful lot wrong with our food production and distribution systems in the west and the much vaunted efficiency is far from being the true case at least in some sectors. Read more …

Jul
10
2016
Simon Fairlie

Why do organic farmers have to pay for certification rather than farmers who use toxic chemicals?

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It’s always more expensive to do the right thing isn’t it? Like taking the train instead of driving or flying, or buying recycled products, organic food or natural building materials. If you want to do the environmentally-friendly or socially-just thing, it’s going to cost you more money. That can’t be right, can it? Read more …

Apr
16
2016
Dave Darby

Work / farmshare opportunity for someone interested in farming, smallholding, forestry, livestock, mushrooms or building stone

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Here’s a very interesting opportunity for a budding smallholder – either paid work or farm share, near Totnes in Devon. Over to Richard: Read more …

Feb
7
2016
John Harrison

Viable self-sufficiency

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Back 40 years ago in 1976, John Seymour’s most famous work –The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency – was published. It was billed as for dreamers and realists which was pretty accurate. Read more …

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