Category: Bird Life

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

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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

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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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkXmbp4_5-Y?rel=0″ 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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Keeping Chickens on Contaminated Soil

by Good Life Permaculture Despite having lead contaminated soils, Margaret has been able to apply good design to integrate chickens into her garden. You’re ready to get chickens, you’re totally pumped. And then you do some soil tests (just to be safe) and discover you have high levels of lead in your soil. Bugger. So what do you do — turn around, relinquish your hopes of having a feathered flock […]

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How to Grow Chickens Without Buying Grain – by Only Feeding Them Compost

Whilst on a tour of the US, Permaculture teacher Geoff Lawton was giving a talk at Montpelier, Vermont, when a young man suggested we film his boss, compost maestro Karl Hammer and his amazing system of feeding compost to his flock of 100-plus chickens, and without feeding them any grain. Chickens live off the compost eating worms and biota and help in the composting process. Nobody thought it was possible, […]

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