Category: Animals

Integrating Beekeeping with Permaculture

Integrating Beekeeping with Permaculture feat

Insects and wildlife are an important part of a permaculture design. Without them your design will not be complete, the forces will not be in balance like the Jedi without Darth Wader. Bees particularly have outputs we all can enjoy, even some vegans are bending the rules for honey and I am sure cavemen were enjoying the honey during palaeontologic times, you know what I mean bullet proof coffee lovers. […]

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Aquaponics Green House

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My aquaponics system is the heartbeat of my hoop house. I created this system as an experiment which has been going on for over 2 years now with minimal intervention. I built this system to provide water to my soil in the hoop house. It used to get really dry since I rarely ever water it myself. I don’t like watering anything unnaturally (with my water hose). I only do […]

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How Sustainable Are Chickens?

Chickens on traditional free range poultry farm

Chickens are amazing animals: laying an egg almost every day just so I can dip my toast in that deep orange yolk. Chickens are a gateway animal that most people start with on the journey to becoming more sustainable. Chickens are so flexible in the way they are raised and fed. This makes them the perfect starter livestock. There’s a chicken for every person. With so many breeds to choose […]

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A Rare Example of Mutualism Between Humans and Free-living Wild Animal

A Rare Example of Mutualism Between Humans and Free-living Wild Animal feat

A new study confirms the existence of mutual partnership between humans and a free living bird species. When the honey-hunters of the Yao tribe call for the greater honeyguides, the bird recognizes, understands and responds to the hunters call and leads them to honey in the forest. Collaboration among different plant and animal species for mutual benefit is a known phenomenon. The mutualism between oxpecker – a kind of bird […]

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Raising Rabbits: My Source of Manure

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I love raising rabbits, mainly because of rabbit pellets also known as rabbit manure. When people ask me why I raise rabbits they expect me to say meat, pets or fur. When I say manure I really surprise them. I do love my rabbits and I love their meat, but rabbit pellets are invaluable. If you work on a small homestead rabbits might be a great livestock option. I first […]

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Are Bugs More Nutritious Than Meat?

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A new research study shows that eating edible insects could provide as much or even more iron and other micro-nutrients as consuming beef. A large percentage of the world’s population consumes meat. Unfortunately, meat production is taxing the planet, with its demand for substantially large amount of water and energy, in addition to contributing to environmental pollution. The look-out for an effective alternative is on and many sustainability researchers are […]

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BeeConnected: Linking Farmers and Beekeepers to Save Bees in the UK

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In the UK, bees contribute largely to food production as they pollinate major commercial crops and trees as well as produce honey; a staple for breakfast in many homes. According to a study by researchers at the University of Reading, Bees contribute £651 million annually to the UK economy. However, the bee population is declining at an alarming rate; they are reports of some species already becoming extinct. The reason […]

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The Use of Ducks in Rice Fields in the Control of Weed and Pest

The Use of Ducks in Rice Fields in the Control of Weed and Pest

Various communities have used ducks and geese as a weed and pest control strategy. Indeed, there exist studies that have been conducted looking into the efficiency of the strategy in terms of yield, weed control and also pest control. Ducks and geese offer an organic method of controlling pests and weeds. Ducks have a high affinity of consuming seeds made by weeds, snails, a variety of bugs and also the […]

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Early Morning Cow Routines

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Every morning the first thing we do is look after our animals. The cow routines are particularly involved. The cows stay in the cattle yard overnight, and in the morning their manure is collected for the biodigester (to make biogas). It is shovelled into several buckets, to make up the 30kg we need every day. The cows are then fed and the milkers are milked. After eating and being milked, […]

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Vermicomposting: How Worms Can Reduce Our Waste

Vermicomposting: How Worms Can Reduce Our Waste

Nearly one third of our food ends up in the trash can. There is hope, however, in the form of worms, which naturally convert organic waste into fertilizer. In this very well illustrated video, Matthew Ross details the steps we can all take to vermicompost at home — and why it makes good business sense to do so. Video Courtesy of Ted Ed For a great article about setting up […]

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Mastering Farming Even Before Humans

Mastering Farming Even Before Humans feat

Humans are not the first species to farm on Earth. Nor are they the first species to have taken agriculture to industrial scale to feed millions. Three species from the insect world have been farming fungi from the last 20-65 million years. Ants, termites and ambrosia beetles are the first species to have mastered the ability to harvest food from crops and farming is so close to their heart that […]

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Are Goats as Communicative with Humans as Dogs?

Are Goats as Communicative with Humans as Dogs?

A new research study says goats interactive capabilities with humans are as good as that of other domesticated animals such as dogs and horses. Researchers observed that, goats try to communicate with humans by gazing at them when confronted with a challenge which they cannot tackle by themselves and also their response change depending on the person’s behaviour. Domestication has molded the cognition and behavioural capabilities of animals such as […]

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