Yellow House Farm School


           Spring dates now available for 2012!

           1.  About Yellow House Farm School

           2.  How do I register for a class?

           3. Homesteading Heritage Poultry


About Yellow House Farm School

        In 2009 we launched Yellow House Farm School, and it has been a resounding success.  We look forward to the 2012 season, we are excited to offer once again these seminars in traditional poultry husbandry. 

       We have come to realize that some things serve us better when we do them ourselves.  They are more creative and fulfilling.  We feel more connected and centered.  Food is easily among this rank of noble pursuits.  Indeed, little is as satisfying as a wonderful meal that comes primarily from your own backyard.  Further, it may be that there is also nothing quite so balanced and healthy as homegrown food.  By eating those things that sustain themselves from the piece of Earth where we live and make our life, we foster a vital connection between our physical selves and the outer world we inhabit.  There is no pill or quick fix that can rival this primal connection.  The end products are health and joy.

       Nonetheless, there is the great difficulty that many of us have strayed far from the roots which would have taught us the necessary skills to live in a more Earth-centered way.  The farms that were once the centrifugal force of hundreds, even thousands, of years of human life have become so rare that they are just shy of being the stuff of legend.  The end result is that we often no longer know how to be close to Mother Earth, how to live on our soil and derive life from it.  Ultimately, the only remedy for this kind of cultural forgetfulness is re-education.  We must relearn what we have forgotten.

       To that end and for the success of our emerging culture of doers for positive change, Yellow House Farm offers these poultry husbandry seminars to help friends and neighbors rediscover the basic skills of the homestead.  In so doing, those desirous of returning to a more Earth-rooted and bio-secure life will be well equipped for the adventure that is homesteading.  Together we shall learn that a little good old-fashioned dirt rarely does any harm, and the stuff of bucolic landscapes full of rich textures and flavors can actually be your own backyard.   


How do I register for a class?

TO REGISTER: Send pertinent contact information, including, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, as well as a check made out to Yellow House Farm, to Yellow House Farm, 463 Washington St.(route 202) , Barrington, NH 03825.

Classes are held at Yellow House Farm.  Seminars are one-day intensives held on Saturdays from 9:00am-4:00pm.  The Spring course is our standard Homesteading Heritage Poultry seminar,   In the Fall we will add dates for the all new poultry processing workshop.    The cost of the Homesteading Heritage Poultry seminar is $45.00/individual and $75.00/couple.  Please pre-register for the series following our general guidelines for course registration.    Reimbursement for cancellation s available up until one week before the booked seminar.  Thereafter no reimbursement is possible.

Dates for Homesteading Heritage Poultry

April 21, 2012 (This class is now full)

May 5, 2012

REFUNDS AND CANCELLATION:  Registrations may be canelled up to one week before the scheduled seminar for a 100% refund.  Thereafter, no refund will be possible.

RETURNED CHECKS:  Any returned registration checks will be assessed a $20.00 courtesy fee.


Homesteading Heritage Poultry

           The Yellow House Farm seminar Homesteading Heritage Poultry is designed to give you a complete introduction to the various aspects of stewarding poultry for the homestead.  The class is divided into four sections, each designed to provide a thorough base in the targeted subject matter.  The term "poultry" refers to chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, and guinea fowl.  Homesteading Heritage Poultry focuses specifically on the needs of heritage chickens, although much of what is discussed is pertinent to the farming of other sorts of fowl.  It is not geared to matters concerning the production of factory layers and broilers.  Our goal is to present the best of traditional methodologies in the light of modern poultry science to build an understanding of the kinds of practices that lead to envigorating and environmentally friendly farming, based in respectful stewardship.  A full description of the seminar is given below.


An overview for Homesteading Heritage Poultry is as follows:

I. Introduction to Heritage Poultry

II. Starting Stock Right

III. Laying and Breeding Flock Management

IV. Health, Predation, and Local Marketing


Introduction to Heritage Poultry

We will discuss the origins of domestic poultry and the history of poultry farming.  We will explore the differences between heritage poultry and factory poultry product.  We will consider the many products and uses heritage poultry provide to the homestead.  We will discuss the value of meaningful stewardship and how to best procure quality stock.


Starting Stock Right

This is designed to provide the homesteading poulterer with all the information necessary to be prepared for the arrival of chicks, ducklings, goslings, poults, and keets.  We will discuss what is needful to insure a healthy start and successful rearing.  Matters of concern will include: set-up and equipment, floor space, feed, and heat requirements.  We will discuss raising various types of poultry together, as well as those concerns that may arise during the first weeks and months of life.  We will also discuss criteria for selection and modes of culling.  Although this session will not deal with the minutiae of slaughtering, we shall discuss what a homestead slaughtering schedule will look like and how to best prepare stock for slaughter.


Laying and Breeding Flock Management

We shall consider the many aspects of procuring powerful production, as well as breeding methodologies that will insure that production through subsequent generations.  We will consider, housing, feed, lighting, and floor space.  We will discuss various production models and their advantages from confinement to total free-range.  We will talk about improving laying strains and traditonal modes of developing strong laying flocks.  Rolling mating as well as line breeding will be thoroughly explored.  We will discuss breeder selection, with particular emphasis on breeding for farming utility.  We will learn about the differences between artificial incubation and natural incubation and discuss the pro's and con's of both systems.  


Health, Predation, and Local Marketing

The final focus area in the Homesteading Heritage Poultry seminar will deal with the various glitches that can occur in any backyard flock, as well as modes of offering your homesteading products to your local community.  We will discuss ways of developing a healthy flock and how to keep your flock healthy, as well as how to best respond to health concerns should they arise.  We will learn about local predators, and how best to insure the safety of your flocks.  Lastly, we will discuss marketing your products to the community, how to understand market regulations, and how best to insure food safety.   






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