Category: Bird Life

Season 2 of the Duck Chronicles has commenced!


Jack Spirko who hosts The Survival Podcast and his own Youtube Channel has been showing season two of his duck chronicles. Season one really illustrated, from the first episode to the last episode, how proper caring for ducks can make a positive impact on the environment. In season two, Jack starts off again by showing his dedication to these newly hatched chicks and ensuring that they are set up into […]

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47 Backyard Chicken Owners Speak Out:


Hi Readers of Permaculture News, my name is Claire and I blog over at Happy Chicken Coop. I’ve been keeping backyard chickens now for around 7 years and initially took the plunge because I wasn’t happy with how dependent I was on supermarket food. Also, at the time I’d just moved and now had roughly an acre of land, so I wanted to put the space to use! Since raising […]

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Jim Al-Khalili: How quantum biology might explain life’s biggest questions


How does a robin know to fly south? The answer might be weirder than you think: Quantum physics may be involved. Jim Al-Khalili rounds up the extremely new, extremely strange world of quantum biology, where something Einstein once called “spooky action at a distance” helps birds navigate, and quantum effects might explain the origin of life itself.

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The Power Of Duck – A Review


A Brief Description “The Power Of Duck” is a short informative book on the integration of rice and duck farming. The book may be relatively short, however it is nothing short of thorough and abundantly helpful for anyone looking to educate themselves on the processes and benefits of rice farming with ducks. “The Power Of Duck” is a journal like book, written by Takao Furuno, describing his own rice paddy […]

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How to Set Up and Maintain Your Own Flock of Chickens


The idea of keeping chickens at home is one that appeals to a growing number of people around the world. It’s not just that you’ll get “free” eggs and chicken meat, it’s also that the produce from the chickens you keep is known to be free from all the unsavoury “stuff” (including harmful antibiotics and synthetic colouring) commercial chicken eggs and poultry are known to contain. But if you’re going […]

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Chicken Systems of Zaytuna Farm, home of the Permaculture Research Institute Australia

Photo: Ingrid Pullen Chickens are sometimes described as a gateway domestic animal. Meaning the first domestic animal that people, new to keeping domestic animals, start with. Once successful and satisfied with the results they then feel more confident to move onto other domestic animal systems. Chickens have been intensively and extensively integrated into most human cultures from their wild origin ancestors in the tropical forests of the South East, where […]

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How To Build an Automatic Chicken Feeder For Free

Here is a simple and clever idea presented in the short video above. It’s the easiest DIY automatic chicken feeder. It can be made quickly and totally for free. You just need a bucket, knife, a thick wire and a cork. Enjoy the feeding!

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Why Silkies Are the Perfect Hens for Small Gardens

I started my journey with chickens with two lovely ex-battery hens who were so friendly and were real pets. However, they made short shrift of my garden and tended to wander everywhere into other people’s lawns. No matter how often I clipped their wings, they kept getting out. Although I really loved those two characters, they were causing problems for me and my neighbours. Sadly, they were subsequently stolen and […]

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Ducks in a Permaculture System (Scotland)

by James Reid, PRI Tap o’ Noth You don’t have a slug problem, you have a duck deficiency. — Bill Mollison It was reading the above quote that made us want to acquire some ducks here at PRI Tap o’ Noth in North East Scotland. The idea of using the natural foraging instinct of the duck to rid our kitchen garden of slugs and snails, by encouraging them to browse […]

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Where Have All the Barnyard Breeds Gone? (And a Sustainable Poultry Workshop with Jim Adkins, August 5-7, 2014, NSW, Australia)

Instructor Jim Adkins teaching the Hogan Principles of Production at Heritage Creek Farm With the industrialization of agriculture, dual purpose heritage breed poultry have been all but eliminated from Australia with a small number of exhibition fanciers being their sole keepers. These historical normal birds with their amazing hardiness, foraging abilities, delectable flavor, and production qualities not to mention visual appeal have been replaced by a hybrid bird not capable […]

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Building the Chicken Tractor on Steroids″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> Trailer only — watch full video here! "Who can weld?" Geoff asks. Keen to impress, my hand goes up. “I will see you at the shed after dinner tonight then”, a twinkle of excitement in his eye. This is the story of the chicken tractor on steroids from concept to birth.

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Keeping Chickens

The scientific name for chickens is Gallus domesticus for domesticated chickens. Domesticated chickens have been bred by humans from Asian jungle fowls. The chicken is the closest living relative to the great Tyrannosaurus rex. In a Permaculture environment all animals are important, but by breeding smaller animals you will receive more benefits than breeding larger animals, because:

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