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Livestock => Poultry & Waterfowl => Topic started by: naturelovingfarmer on January 14, 2022, 01:28:39 pm

Title: Forage Forest Turkey and Game Bird Production
Post by: naturelovingfarmer on January 14, 2022, 01:28:39 pm
So this is a revealing of my pet project on my own small farm in the Ohio River Valley in the US.  :chook: :turkey:

The Forage Forest is an Idea I had last year and I've begun to implement it. It's a particularly resource rich patch of managed woodlands. I'm planting it from scratch on a wet-ish pasture on the north shore of the Ohio River. I've planted 100 loblolly pines, 20 fruit trees, and I plan to plant 200 hazel. Some oak and maple and american persimmon are already present along with some legume trees of an unknown species. I'm also planting rivercane, herbs, other useful trees such as birch and willow, other useful species of plants, and berry bushes. The goal is to create a food rich environment to support a greater than natural concentration of turkeys and gamebirds.

The system will be an artificially constructed ecosystem and will provide meat and feathers from the birds, herbs, some vegetables, fruit, nuts, basketry materials, dyes, medicines, tea (a russian variety which can handle our winter), timber, maple syrup, edible parts of pine, pine tar, firewood, crustaceans in the pond, and I can dig clay from about anywhere for my pottery hobby.

I plan to build a bushcraft camp in the woodland and offer families the opportunity to hunt gamebirds with bow and arrow as a means of making it profitable. Guided hunts for young people basically. And since the forage forest is going to be fenced in and the birds raised and retained on site, hunting laws don't apply and I can regulate the hunts as I see fit. They're livestock not wild animals. Season and manner of harvest laws don't apply to livestock. It would be a good experience for a young boy or girl to take their first turkey or pheasant in a place where the game can only go a short distance away. It builds confidence in their ability as a hunter so their first hunt isn't discouraging.
Title: Re: Forage Forest Turkey and Game Bird Production
Post by: RCTman on January 14, 2022, 07:22:41 pm
Take care, hope all goes well.
Title: Re: Forage Forest Turkey and Game Bird Production
Post by: naturelovingfarmer on January 14, 2022, 08:40:14 pm
Take care, hope all goes well.

Got back, there were no beds available so I got an all day crisis therapy session. I'm feeling okay now. I have had some really bad stuff happen to me, and it had me pretty messed up this AM. But I'm okay now. I don't feel trapped in a bad thought loop anymore and I'm just gonna take it one day at a time.