Category: Working Animals

Don’t waste your dog’s poo – compost it

Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world, with 38% of Australian households owning dogs. Dogs improve the quality of our lives, and studies show that exposure to dogs can even improve our immune system. However, one medium sized dog produces about 180 kilograms of poo a year. With about 9 million dogs in Australia, it can really start to pile up. Rather than wrap […]

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Backyard chickens, and the interconnectedness of all things. Part 3

This article is Part 3 of a Series that is mostly about chickens. It’s not a how-to-care-for-chickens article, but a how-to-appreciate-the-specialness-of-chickens article. If you are interested only in chickens and would like to read about the funny things one of our roosters gets up to, this article will be fine to read by itself. But if you missed the earlier articles in the series, and you’re interested in what backyard […]

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Backyard Chickens, and the Interconnectedness of all things. Part 2

This article is Part 2 of a series that is mostly about chickens – not how to care for them, but how to appreciate them as being more complex and interesting than most of us give them credit for. If you are interested only in chickens, and especially mother hens and chicks, this article will be fine to read by itself. But if you’re just tuning in and you want […]

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Texas Food Forest and the Results of Good Design.

Five years ago we moved to our current property in North Texas.  While the general area is not particularly challenging, the property itself was.  The three acre property has anywhere from 11 inches (28cm) to as little as 3 inches (7.6cm) of soil, sitting atop a limestone slab.  Note: not rocks but solid slab. An insane place to build a permaculture property but we set to making it happen. In our […]

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The Importance of Pasture: How to take Advantage of What Animals Bring to the Farm

While barns are important on any farm, keeping animals on pasture is almost always the better option. Pasture raised animals are usually much healthier and the meat and other animal based food products they offer come with much more nutrients when those animals are raised in a natural setting. From a humanist and ethical standpoint, animals that are allowed to live outside for the majority of their lives are much […]

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Close Proximity Duck System

Nicholas Burtner visits Jack Spirko, owner of The Survival Podcast, at his Nine Mile Farm where just a few years ago was a rocky barren dried up landscape. Jack integrated a paddock shifting system and in just a short amount of time – everything has greened up. It is simple and anyone can do it. This video is a really good example of how a little bit of planning can […]

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A Fowl Arrangement Between Us All

Every morning I get out of bed to the sound of turkeys and chickens parading around my cabin en route to a spot behind the outdoor kitchen scullery where scraps of food are tossed every day. It’s a beautiful permaculture set-up, feeding the fowl by merely scraping the plates over the counter. By the next morning, the birds are happy, and any evidence is gone. Occasionally, the dogs get in […]

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Permaculture Animals as a Discipline to the System

Permaculture Animals as a Discipline to the System

The use of animals in permaculture design is a fundamental aspect which provides diversification of a system as well as accelerating this system towards its potential maturity. Integration of elements in a system can occur through the use of animals natural tendency to do useful work as their living function and increase the complexity of interactions possible in a way that aligns with natural tendencies of ecological reality. Animals love […]

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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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DIY Chicken Coops and Cutting Feed Costs 100%.

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).

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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