Regan Dixon wrote:Hello Andrew S., we cross-posted. I've added some of the missing info in the post above. I certainly wish to use the ramial aspen growth in the food forest to be, in a reverse hugel. Though it would be neat to have ducks, the wild ducks of the area don't care for the creek as it's not broad, flat and swimmable, but jump-across narrow and steeply rapid, so I doubt that domestic ducks would like it either, unless I were to make them a pond beside the creek. I should add that it's a potable creek, and sometimes travellers fill their water from it downstream of me, so would not want to fill it with duck poop. I might dream of a reed bed and aquaponics with ducks, but predators are a concern--bears, coyotes, martens, wandering dogs, etc.--and this spot is not in view of the house or main grounds, which are on a bench land: the spot in question is over the bank and out of sight. I would be concerned about slope stability, too, if I were to put in a pond on that flattened area. Am I being negative, or simply foreseeing hazards?
We have had bears kill our chickens and even tearing the metal roof off our coop, and these are just black bears, Grizzlies oh my!
Regan Dixon wrote:Hi Jothan, just wondering--do you not consider bears as predators specifically for poultry, or at all? I've lost many chickens to bears, specifically grizzly bears, as have neighbours. Some sort of mustelid killed my neighbour's ducks. Perhaps our wild thangs are a little bolder, here.