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This badge is about animal care. Animals are a huge benefit in the landscape, whether you decide to eat them or not. This aspect is set up with the idea that a vegan could complete the sand and straw badges in a way that could impress Otis.

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(joel list) complete five of:
   - build a nice birdhouse (prerequisite dimensional.sand.birdhouse)
       - built specifically for a species of bird
   - build a mason bee house (possibly other solitary bees)
   - build a ladybug house
   - build a bat house
   - build an insect hotel
   - scythe and bale one bale of hay
   - scythe and bale one bale of straw
   - plant a three season nectar harvest for pollinators
       - at least a dozen species
       - at least 200 seeds
   - create a brush pile near a garden for animal/insect diversity habitat
       - at least five feet tall and five feet wide
   - create six different toad habitats
   - plant 60 mulberry tree seeds
       - at least three feet apart
       - video showing the 60 seeds and then planting all 60
       - video is sped up so it is no longer than 2 minutes
   - create snake/lizard habitat
   - create a live mouse trap
       - need proof that it works
   - create at least a pint of holzer bone sauce
   - share appropriate kitchen scraps
       - appropriate for the animal
           - e.g. no chicken bones to chickens
       - four buckets
   - milk a cow or goat or sheep - one gallon
   - plant seeds for humming birds
       - at least 12 species
       - at least 200 seeds
   - make a bee/insect watering station
   - move a yellowjacket nest from where it is a bother to where it is a value
   - putting out some winter straw to help the animals stay warm
   - fecal parasite test
   - (sheep) health check
       - at least 4 sheep; must do all of the animals at the same time
       - round them all up into a small corral
       - clean their feet
       - check for
           - parasites (especially eyes and butt)
           - spot check through the wool
           - color of their gums
           - color of the inner eyelid
           - smell of their breath
   - training animals for goodies
       - calling “goat goat goat” and the goats get treats
       - calling “pig pig pig” and the pigs get treats
       - calling “chick chick chick” and the chickens get treats
       - calling “cow cow cow” and the cows get treats
       - do this at least four times for one kind of animal
   - catch a honey bee swarm with a bait hive (aka swarm trap)
   - rescue a honey bee swarm
       - swarm is on a branch or something; move it to a box and then to hive
   - cleaning a shelter
       - brushing/scraping off dirt and poopies
       - a little DE along the edges and corners to control pests
       - super scrub the water stuff
       - making sure the dry supplements are ample and clean
           - salt
           - kelp meal /minerals
           - calcium (for chickens) (usually oyster shells)
           - baking soda
   - (chickens) cleaning out at least 4 nesting boxes
       - fresh straw
       - maybe add a little DE in the boxes
   - grow sprouts as a winter chicken feed
   - remove algae from a trout pond
   - add aeration strategy to a trout pond
   - stock a trout pond with trout
   - move animals to a new paddock
       - make sure they have good water and minerals
       - move the shelter

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