Animals

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As a permaculture site we aim to integrate systems to the benefit of each. Most of our animals are there to provide manure and graze down specific grasses and weeds. Our current animals include – Rabbits, Ducks, chickens and sheep.

Rabbits Relaxing in our Coney-Garth

The Normans introduced coney-garths (rabbit yards) into England where they raised rabbits for their fur and meat. Often these were surrounded by wide moats to contain the rabbits. Having raised rabbits for some time I have experimented with various systems to find the one that worked with our rabbits.  Our breeding rabbits have settled into a nice pattern […]

Kiki hen house Bouba duck house

If you are a QI fan you may know what I’m going on about.  In 2001 two scientists carried out an experiment asking two different groups of people that spoke different languages which shape they thought was Kiki and which one Bouba.  98% felt kiki was the pointy shape and bouba was the curved shape.  The theory […]

Ducks in the Forest Garden

We have a lot of grass in the Forest Garden during this early phase and have taken on some little helpers to help to keep this in check.  They are loving their new home – especially the bathing facilities! Watch this video of our new additions (The large Muscovy is named Mr Incredible due to his […]

Rabbit Tractor in Action

ollowing the arrival of our new rabbits we’ve been observing and tweaking their management, slowly moving them from the caged rabbits on dry food that arrived to a more natural free range existence on grass.  It has been easy to spend time with them – they are fun characters! We wanted to ensure the move […]

Setting up a rabbit tractor

  n permaculture there is a lot written about chicken tractors.  The term refers to keeping chickens in a movable run to benefit from the symbiotic relationship of giving the chickens kept for eggs or meat a natural free range life and so supplement their diet whilst benefiting from their natural instinct to dig, weed […]