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.
Prove mitigation of pests:
- If you chose to do more than one of these BBs, work done for one of the BBs can not be counted for another BB - For instance, to get credit for 6 toad habitats for mosquito mitigation and 6 toad habitats for fly mitigation requires the construction of 12 toad habitats.
These six species required:
- Cattle - Chickens - Hogs
Six more species required (your choice). Possibilities could be more than what you see on this list:
- Guinea fowl
- Guinea pigs for meat
- Working farm dogs
- Working farm cats
General conditions required for all animals for which it applies:
- Primarily skiddable shelters
- No manure handling
- All of the animal systems must be less than 2% off-site input
- Hayless (or dramatic hay reduction system) is required
- Minimal bare dirt under hoof/foot
- Out in green, lush pasture most of the year
- Plenty of shady spots
- Sufficient herd/flock size to satisfy animal’s natural needs
- Lack of flies, ticks, etc
- Dry, wind protected shelters
- Cattle butchering offal goes to chickens, pigs, fish, etc., Chicken goes to the pigs, dogs, fish, etc
- Little to no predator pressure
- Parasite and disease checks for all species
- Their last day and last 15 minutes are calm and relaxing. Slaughtered on site.
Provide proof that you are breeding and nurturing 12 animal species
- Pampered or treated better than 98% of other domestic animals
- Level 6 animal care is “pampered” and level 7 is “something that would inspire a Disney movie about a little girl and all of her homestead animal friends.” Provide some evidence that you might be close to level 7.
- General examples:
- Come when called
- Let them “escape” and show you can call/entice them back easily
- You drink their water - You eat their food
- You’ve thought deeply about your animal’s fears of predation and act accordingly (ie. not picking up rabbits or especially flipping them over)
- Just because a human would like your “pampering”, ensure that your critter would
- Herbal apothecary in their paddocks
- Sing or play with you
- Sleep in their shelter for one night
- Toys and forms of entertainment for the animals
- Four seasons of pampering
- Examples of being people friendly
- Prolific reproduction
- Prolific meat/milk production
- Describe your breeding objectives and plan
- Describe, for each animal, how your breeding objectives breed out dependence on antibiotics
- A heated shelter for the 12 coldest days of winter
- Put out food for them for the 12 coldest days of winter
Good question Gurkan. I don't know every working of Paul's mind, but I'm guessing that he would much prefer to see fish living in a pond, lake or stream. So I kind of doubt that in PEP (Permaculture Experience according to Paul) that it would be a part of Animal Care. Unless it's an aquaponics system where the fish wouldn't know that they are in a system (no plastic tanks, minimal to no fish food, etc).
Some elements of a traditional aquaponics system would probably fit in the Plumbing badge and the entire effort could fit in Oddball. But, as always, it's kind of up to Paul. My guess is that if I'm terribly off-base with this reply, he'll jump in and correct me.
Not sure if this fits in any way but here goes. I rarely have "appropriate kitchen scraps" to feed my animals. I try to use up just about all I have because I really hate food waste. Growing up we went days with little food and often ate just potatoes for days at a time. It would take me a year to get 4-2 gallon buckets of kitchen scraps. So...
I look at finding appropriate food that would otherwise be wasted to feed my animals. Being winter and already having had a foot of snow and temps in the low terns gives me more challenges.
Today was a gorgeous 27 degree, sunny day so I spent a few hours looking for waste streams to feed my animals. I foraged willow trees that did not drop leaves yet for the goats. It helps supplement their food and beats boredom because bored goats get into trouble. They received enough for 2 nice size meals today. Now for the pigs, turkeys and chickens, I picked 2-5 gallon buckets of apples that are still hanging on the trees. These apples will supplement their food and add variety as well as added nutrients for a week of more.
While I was at it, I picked enough frozen but still good apples for me as well. I cannot eat them out of hand but they made delicious apple butter for my toast today and will top waffles tomorrow with enough left for further meals. The only waste was fed to the chickens of about a cup of peels, cores and egg shells from making waffles.
Am I way off base in feeling that all this effort should meet a BB?
I would gladly share lots of photos. Here are just a few.
Hi Kim, I think there's a good chance that would get certified. Foraging food that would otherwise be wasted seems like a waste stream to me. So I'd post it in the Share appropriate food scraps BB and see what happens. The requirements are to do 8 gallons of scraps, do a picture of the scraps and a picture of the critters enjoying them.
Good question Penny! That BB hasn't been typed up yet. So the exact requirements aren't laid out yet. So I'd suggest you just take a decent number of photos and once the BB is typed up, you'd be able to submit then.
My hunch would be a picture of the live bunny, a picture of the dead bunny and a picture of the dressed/cleaned bunny. But that's just a guess so take lots of photos just to be safe
Shortly, I plan to Make a lightweight paddock shift chicken coop. May I request this Bit to be defined? I would hate to make mine just shy of whatever ends up being the requirement. If nobody has the time, I could attempt a first draft...
I think the only way it's going to be defined in time for you is if you make it Here are the directions for making BB pages (How to create a BB page). Give it a shot and once you've posted it, make a mention of it over in this thread: Peppers in action
Then one of us will check it out, massage it, give you feedback and link it to the badge up above.