The Flockster Expert


I’m really enjoying “The Small Scale Poultry Book,” written by Harvey Ussery.  I highly recommend it to anyone interested in raising chickens, geese, and ducks. Actually think it’s a great read for people who tend to kitchen gardens too.  The marriage between poultry, the soil food web, putting the flock to work, vermiculture, and raising delicious food is fine tuned in this book. Plus so much more.

Harvey feels like an expert to me. He has over 30 years of experience raising poultry and the breath and depth of his knowledge is fantastic. As I read I hold onto little  pearl of wisdom he bestows.

Earlier this fall we had the privilege of attending his workshop at The Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello. He’s totally committed to raising vibrant flocks. He gives the reader great ideas on poultry housing with different designs in the back of the book. I really admire his knowledge on intergrating cover crops for the flock and in the garden. Not to mention the ideas for growing your own poultry feed. This is a must read! The photos alone will inspire ideas for your small flock and homestead. Trust me!


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About Grace

Grace and her husband Michael manage Buxton a Polyface satellite farm. Her first passion is to align with radiant health. She knows intimately that when you have your health you can do anything. Next, her passion for vibrant healthy food and beautiful landscapes along with her interest in permaculture influenced Grace's decision to align with the Polyface farming model. With 20 years of experience in the healing arts, she feels growing food and pasture raising animals is one of the greatest healers and a true source of personal empowerment. It's been said, "if you're not living on the edge your taking up too much space." Grace lives joyfully on the "leading edge" surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the appalachian mountains where her and Michael steward 1000 acres with profound appreciation."

6 Responses to The Flockster Expert

  1. I love this book, in fact we built the large chicken tractor type coop that he shows in the back! I’m glad you liked the book too, it is just packed full of information, but also well written!

  2. Larry Bailey says:

    Agreed–I read this book from cover to cover and we are implementing some of his concepts on our small organic farm here in Orting WA. Harvey focuses on small scale poultry with the focus on smaller homesteads. His practical poultry husbandry tips are great. He is honest as well about his failures (e.g. too many birds on a piece of land over too many seasons with no ruminants to remove the stored nitrogen in the grass/forage etc and you get other problems with excess nitrates etc. ) This is not a marketing or pastured poultry business planning book though. Highly recommended.

  3. Cyndi Lewis says:

    I must get this book! We are getting our first flock this coming spring and I really want to grow my own poultry feed not go buy it! We want to do chicken tractor housing for the warmer three seasons and hoop house for the winter. I am waiting for my husband to commence building!

  4. Suzy says:

    I love this book as well…we are planning a move to southern Ohio next year and I can’t wait because I’m going to have space for a garden and chickens! This book has got me so excited and ready to get started on my own flock. Looking forward to being the “Crazy Chicken Lady” in the neighborhood!

  5. He used to write a regular column for one of the magazines I like – was it Mother Earth News or Countryside? Can’t remember, but I’ve been missing him…

  6. Leilani says:

    I love my copy of Harvey’s book, it is well worn 🙂