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Pastured Poultry Profits

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  362 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
A couple working six months per year for 50 hours per week on 20 acres can net $25,000-$30,000 per year with an investment equivalent to the price of one new medium-sized tractor. Seldom has agriculture held out such a plum. In a day when main-line farm experts predict the continued demise of the family farm, the pastured poultry opportunity shines like a beacon in the nig ...more
Paperback, 371 pages
Published July 1st 1996 by Polyface
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Sep 24, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
After reading You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start and Succeed in a Farming Enterprise by Joel Salatin, reading this book was a must in our endeavour to raise our own chickens for meat.

The book is basically a manual on how to raise your own meat chickens in a free range environment. It starts with raising chicks right through to processing them. It also includes guides on egg production. Again, it is packed full of information on almost everything you need to know.

It is an interesting
There are so many prophets trying to guilt Americans into being green. Joel Salatin is not one of them. His points are clear, well researched through experience, and accurate. It is shameful that laziness and big commercial production gets the nod from so many government-dependent food-ignorant citizens.
I hope Joel's vision continues to gain ground. And I hope to help by participating!
Feb 07, 2009 John rated it it was amazing
In Pastured Poultry Profits, Joel Salatin lays out the model that Virginia's Polyface Farm uses for pasture-raised broilers, as well as thoughts on raising layers (as of 1999, they hadn't settled on a production model, though they had quite a few thoughts on the matter). Salatin's goal for himself--and for his readers who choose to follow their model--is to raise the best chicken (and eggs) in the world. The emphasis is on raising healthy, happy chickens which forage for a portion of their own f ...more
Jan 24, 2013 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fic, farming
Loved it! I found this book to be clear and helpful in setting up an operation like this. Salatin's philosophical ramblings notwithstanding, I recommend this book to anyone who is keen to learn how to start and succeed in a pastured poultry business.
Dec 05, 2015 Blair rated it really liked it
Even if you aren't planning on going into the pastured poultry business beyond raising chickens for your own consumption, this is a great book to have on hand for broiler raising in general. Mr. Salatin lays out step by step how to set up your operation and also provides great examples of his experience, giving insight to common problems to watch out for as well as encouraging creative problem solving instead of relying on common "wisdom" you might receive from your local extension service. This ...more
Jun 29, 2008 Jeremy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes agriculture
A similar book to Salad Bar Beef but this one is about raising chickens in a safe humane and natural way. He gets pretty detailed with his slaughtering techniques as well as the disposal of the blood and guts. He claims that due to his natural methods his chickens and eggs are far superior to anything at the grocery store. When you consider the methods used to raise chickens in the mass production model that we have become so accustomed to his claims appear valid. I plan to read more about agroe ...more
Jul 21, 2009 Steve rated it really liked it
Another absolute must-read for anyone raising chickens. However, the general method of raising chickens described is more suited for Cornish Cross chickens than heirloom chickens.
And yes, Joel Salatin is a "bit" to the right politically, but if you ignore his snipes against Bill Clinton or abortion, his general chicken-raising techniques and his philosophy about food are above reproach.
Lots of great, general tips that have been learned the hard way by Salatin over several decades, and he graci
Apr 29, 2015 Keith rated it liked it
A some what enlightened and heartening description ( a manual if you like) of a sensible and concerned method of raising chickens and processing them for meat. It certainly shows up the wholesale industrial methods that leave a lot to be desired for humane and ecological methods.
Salatin has followed many devious paths to get around local legislature concerning meat producers and sets a good standard for smaller enterprises in this area.

Still a lot of blood and guts though!
Aug 24, 2016 Bobmc40 rated it it was amazing
A very wholesome book on the how and why of raising pastured chickens. An important note, is
how much more healthy and tasty the final product is for the consumer. Differences people can
see and taste! Very informative in a Joel Salatin style delivery!
Endicott, NY

Joel Salatin is a national treasure. Very practical guide on how to raise chickens in mobile confinement pens (i.e., "chicken tractors"). Great for utilizing/fertiizing pastures. Easily integrated (with smaller pens) into a permaculture orchard environment where there would be great synergies. The great thing about raising broilers is that you can bring a cornish cross to slaughter in 6-8 weeks! Great spring/summer project, without having to overwinter your animals.

David Galloway
Apr 04, 2015 David Galloway rated it really liked it
Shelves: agriculture
Excellent overview of raising pastured poultry for someone who thinks they may want to get into clean farming. I would say Organic farming, but using the O-word is a bureaucratic nightmare so most farms that were Organic before the govt required $10,000+ a year in fees to use that word have dropped it in favor of Natural or Clean farming. Joel Salatin is an entertaining writer with a good balance of intellect vs colloqialism.
Simon Van der craats
Jun 04, 2016 Simon Van der craats rated it it was amazing
Allow people to legally chose to buy their food from people they know and trust, in other words allow farmers to sell from paddock to plate,

lobby your politicians to pass laws which allow farmers to process chickens and other animals on farms using realistic methods that will reduce the risks of contamination,
Johnny Bennett
Apr 27, 2015 Johnny Bennett rated it liked it
This isn't a book to be read as literature but more as an instruction manual on how to approach raising chickens. While very informative, it is also getting a bit dated. There were two addendum in the back to update the original material with additional learning that Joel has acquired. Certainly worth while if you were consider getting into the chicken business.
Ron Khare
Nov 28, 2012 Ron Khare rated it it was amazing
Joel Salatin is famous in the local, slow-foods movement, and for good reason. While the book is almost entirely about his (always improving) methods for raising pastured chickens, you can easily his entire ethic (the Clean Foods Ministry) shining through.

A great, informative read, even if you only plan on a few backyard chickens someday.
May 20, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing
I'd been putting off reading Pastured Poultry Profits because I didn't want to sell my pastured chickens. But the book has lots of information for anyone who wants to raise chickens more sustainably, and is also fun and easy to read. Superior to some of his more opinionated later books.
Jan 14, 2013 Meganathan rated it it was amazing
Great book! He needs to just re-write a new edition entirely to be the most current on pricing, technology etc. The addendums at the end were very helpful to see what he has changed in his operation. Can't wait to start producing some good pasture-raised poultry! I love Joel's honest writing style.
Karen Mahtin
Jul 16, 2012 Karen Mahtin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals, ag-how-to
Very important and influential book about raising poultry in a more natural way. Salatin recommends using lightweight, portable shelters so the birds get fresh grass and bugs to nibble on each day (plan on twice daily as the meat birds get bigger). I recommend also reading "Day Range Poultry" by Pat Foreman.
Jul 07, 2007 Mel rated it really liked it
Interesting and detailed instructions for producing healthy, happy chickens. This book would be even better if a new edition were made that incorporated all of the things he's learned since it was first published. Right now, that information is contained in several appendices which makes it hard to tell how it fits into the overall system.
Sep 09, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone interested in raising chickens for home or profit
Recommended to Michelle by:!/gr...
Shelves: homesteading
Excellent book covering everything you want to know if you are raising chickens, pastured or not, and then some. Joel writes in a humorous, straight-forward manner. He makes raising chickens sound fun. :)
May 09, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: farming
Best resource book for learning the all-natural, sustainable farming of broilers without using CAFOs!
Chad Waite
Mar 25, 2012 Chad Waite rated it it was amazing
Polyface is a marvel when it comes to practical sustainable solutions for us small farmers.
For us running farmlets a MUST read, provided you want to keep chickens.
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Aug 15, 2013 K.A. Jordan rated it really liked it
I like reading about new agriculture. Salatin is always thought provocing.
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Joel is a nationally renowned speaker on organic farming and "relationship marketing." He is on a mission to develop emotionally, economically and environmentally enhanced agricultural enterprises, and facilitate their duplication around the world. Part of that goal is to produce the best food in the world.

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