Category: Working Animals

Insulated Straw Bale Chicken House

Insulated Straw Bale Chicken House

While backyard chicken keeping has not always seemed plausible in urban areas, the right coop design can make the process convenient for landowners and beneficial to the environment. Luckily, permaculture expert Penny Pyett has resolved noise, space, and temperature concerns with her insulated strawbale coop. Penny’s design is supported by four cement pillars that provide enough elevation for a wheelbarrow to be rolled underneath for manure collection. Chicken waste, mixed […]

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Permaculture Chickens

Permaculture Chickens

The “Permaculture Chickens” film will show you how to raise your own chickens with nature (aka save you money and be more sustainable) really really fast… like in one evening.

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DIY Chicken Coops and Cutting Feed Costs 100%.

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Chickens are the gateway to sustainability (and freedom). If you are just starting out and want to know how to get the set up right or if you are just looking for some hints and tricks. That’s where I come in… I’ve literally helped thousands of folks just like you… Justin’s Video Trailer, view the full video here. PLUS, I’m giving away my plans for my ChickShaw and Chicken Tractor […]

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[Video] Why Chickens – With Joel Salatin (and friends).

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I still can’t believe all that chickens can do for me (and you)… I’m talking eggs, meat, getting stuff done and connecting to your food. What’s Inside the Video?
1) One Reason for Chickens (Food): Eggs and Meat. 4 eggs a week, 6 Ibs of meat.
2) Another Reason (Work): I don’t till, fertilize, buy compost, spread mulch, use pesticides or herbicides.
3) Yet Another Reason for Chickens: Getting connected to your food source.

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Worm farming cool, dark and wholesome

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The importance of worms was recognised C. Darwin, author of Origins of species, in his last book, in which he considered that worms are nature’s ploughman. Worms, their associated organisms and by their behaviour play, are an essential part of soil formation and continued fertility. The lack of worms in the soil is an indication of a soil lacking fertilely and health. This situation became very clear to me during […]

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The Chicken and the Egg

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We have the chickens around an area that we’ve allowed to go fallow for a while and grow back into weeds in the main crop area, in the broad chicken tractor system. We’re about to renovate this area back into a larger main crop area for bulk crops, bulk grains, mulch crops and broad scrambling crops like pumpkins and melons. So with 50 birds ranging through this area some of […]

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Feeding the “Whole” Cow and Chicken

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What Our Grandparents Knew About Ecology, Genetics and Ethics: “What does an animal need to have a good life? I don’t mean a good life physically. We know a lot about what kind of food, water, exercise, and veterinary care animals need to grow well and be healthy… What does an animal need to be happy?” Dr. Temple Grandin Raising livestock is rooted in so much more than reading directions […]

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Leader Follower Grazing System

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A multi-species, leader follower grazing system has recently been implemented here at the Permaculture Research Institute (PRI). Multi-species grazing has been shown to improve pasture quality, control weed growth, and enhance pasture utilization (getting the most out of every blade of grass). All of these are achieved while increasing the carrying capacity, enabling more animals to thrive off the same plot of land, continuing the cycle of land restoration. This […]

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Chickens Are Moving to the Suburbs to Lay Fresh, Organic Eggs

There is nothing new about free-range chickens and fresh, organic eggs, except that nowadays more people want them – mostly because they are healthier and tastier than other eggs. This has led to a trend in many parts of the world, of keeping chickens for eggs in the backyards of ordinary suburban homes. By keeping their own hens, people are assured that the eggs they eat are 100 percent organic […]

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Playing with Cow Poo: Bio Digester Routines Part 1

In Part One,Tom Kendall from PRI Sunshine Coast, shows you the daily process of feeding the bio digester to make biogas. Biogas is mixture of different gases produced by the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen. In this he shows the routines in the morning with the cows and how to ensure the manure stays uncontaminated.

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Updated – Worm Farming at Zaytuna Farm

Photos © Ingrid Pullen This update is in response to very kind and supportive readers who have read Worm farming at Zaytuna Farm and have made very intelligent questions about it and to my protracted and thoughtful review of it. The original article is reproduced under the update.

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From Monoculture to Permaculture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46wpCQf0sgw How one man transformed his farm from Monoculture to Permaculture. When Warren Brush bought a run down orchard near Ventura, California, he knew he was in for the ride of his life transforming it into a Permaculture farm. From an original monoculture persimmon, apple and avocado orchard, it’s a risky challenge to turn all this around and announce you are now also running a creamery and a heritage pig […]

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