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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 for a specific species of bird (prerequisite dimensional.sand.birdhouse)
   - build a mason bee house (possibly other solitary bees)
   - perform maintenance on a mason bee house (possibly other solitary bees)
   - make a bee/insect watering station
   - move a yellowjacket nest from where it is a bother to where it is a value
   - catch a honey bee swarm with a bait hive (aka swarm trap)
   - rescue a honey bee swarm
   - plant a three season nectar harvest for pollinators
   - 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
   - create a brush pile near a garden for animal/insect diversity habitat
   - create six different toad habitats
   - plant 60 mulberry tree seeds
   - create snake/lizard habitat
   - create a live rodent trap
   - create at least a pint of holzer bone sauce
   - share appropriate kitchen scraps
   - milk a cow or goat or sheep - one gallon for cows, one quart for others
   - plant seeds for humming birds
   - putting out some winter straw to help the animals stay warm
   - fecal parasite test
   - sheep health check
   - training animals for goodies
   - cleaning a shelter
   - cleaning out at least 4 nesting boxes for chickens
   - grow sprouts as a winter feed for fowl
   - 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
   - collect 12 eggs from your fowl
   - food/water/egg/safety check for your fowl
   - food/water/safety check for your 4 legged livestock
   - create dragonfly habitat
   - create frog habitat
   - Manage breeding and support farm cat resulting in at least six kittens
   - chicken - slaughter and clean
   - duck - slaughter and clean
   - turkey - slaughter and clean
   - guinea fowl - slaughter and clean
   - quail - slaughter and clean
   - pigeon  - slaughter and clean
   - goose - slaughter and clean
   - rabbit - slaughter and clean
   - guinea pig - slaughter and clean

straw badge

35 points required
Can do up to fifteen new points from Animals.Sand list (each item counts for 1 point)

Required: Complete one of the BBs for “Control a pest”

  - Set up a stock tank that won’t freeze in the winter without electricity - 4 points
      - only applies in climates where freezing is a routine issue
  - Set up a moveable electric fence for paddock shift systems (show a move)
      - Using 110v ac power - 1 point
      - Using car battery (kept dry) - 1.5 points
  - Scythe and bale a dozen bales of hay - 4 points
  - Scythe and bale a dozen bales of straw - 4 points
  - Build a manual baler - 3 points
  - Grow forage for chickens/pigs in a single paddock - 4 points
  - Prove that paddock shift is amazing - 10 points
      - at least 4 paddocks with a 10 foot x10 foot control area that is fenced off
  - Grow a three season nectar harvest for pollinators - 10 points
      - at least a dozen species with hundreds of blooms at 2 points in each season (six pics total)
  - Prove that chickens prefer fresh food over organic commercial food - 10 points
      - 2 extra points if the paddock chickens prefer fresh food so much that they eat zero commercial food
  - Prove your animal’s food is fit for human consumption - 1 point
  - Prove that your animal’s water is clean/fresh/healthy - 2 points
  - System to collect excessive insects in the summer, dry them and feed them out in the winter - 4 points
  - Set up a holzer bee hive - 2 points
  - Shear a sheep - 4 points
  - Shear an alpaca/llama - 4 points
  - Make a lightweight paddock shift chick brooder - 4 points
      - 2 feet by 3 feet minimum warm area connected to a 2 feet by 3 feet minimum “run” exposed to sun
  - Make a lightweight paddock shift chicken coop - 4 points
  - Make a skiddable goat shelter - 4 points
  - Make a skiddable hog shelter - 5 points
  - Make a skiddable cattle shelter - 7 points
  - Make a 200 foot wavy deer fence - 4 points
  - Do the work to entice beavers to an area - 4 points
      - prove that work introduced beavers to the area - 2 more points
  - Show how offal from one animal system is an input to a different animal system - 2 points

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.

  - Control aphids with permaculture - 8 points
  - Control leaf eating beetles with permaculture - 8 points
  - Control cutworms with permaculture - 8 points
  - Control mosquitoes with permaculture - 8 points
      - Pre-requisite BBs
         - create dragonfly habitat
         - create frog habitat
         - create 6 different toad habitats
  - Control crop eating birds with permaculture - 8 points
      - Pre-requisite BBs
          - Create snake/lizard habitat  
  - Control rodents with permaculture - 8 points
      - Pre-requisite BBs
          - Create snake/lizard habitat  
          - Create a brush pile
  - Control flies with permaculture - 8 points
      - Pre-requisite BBs
         - create dragonfly habitat
         - create frog habitat
         - create 6 different toad habitats
  - Control indoor fleas with permaculture - 8 points

  - Breed a broody hen to hatch at least six chicks - 4 points
  - Breed a broody duck to hatch at least six ducklings - 4 points
  - Breed a broody turkey to hatch at least four poults- 4 points
  - Breed a guinea fowl to hatch at least six keets - 4 points
  - Breed a quail to hatch at least six chicks - 4 points
  - Breed a pigeon to hatch at least four squabs - 4 points
  - Breed a goose to hatch at least six goslings- 4 points
  - Breed a goat resulting in at least one kid - 4 points
  - Breed a rabbit resulting in at least three kits - 4 points
  - Breed an ewe resulting in at least one lamb - 4 points
  - Breed a cow resulting in at least one calf - 4 points
  - Breed a sow resulting in at least six piglets - 4 points
  - Breed a guinea pig resulting in at least six pups - 4 points
  - Breed a llama resulting in at least one cria - 4 points
  - Breed an alpaca resulting in at least one cria - 4 points
  - Breed a working farm dog resulting in at least six puppies - 4 points
  - Raising mealworms - end up with two pounds more than when you started - 3 points
  - Raising crayfish - end up with two pounds more than when you started - 3 points
  - Raising worms - end up with two pounds more worms than when you started - 4 points
  - Raising black soldier flies - end up with two pounds more grubs than when you started - 4 points
  - Raising mason bees - end up with ½ lb of cocoons - 2 points
  - Fish farming - end up with five pounds more than when you started - 2 points
      - Prerequisite is to do the stock a trout pond with trout BB

Harvest List:
  - Process fish - catch and clean 5 lbs of fish from your pond - 2 points
  - Butcher a goat - slaughter and clean - 2 points
  - Butcher a sheep - slaughter and clean - 2 points
  - Butcher a cattle - slaughter and clean - 8 points
  - Butcher a pig - slaughter and clean - 6 points

Parasite list:
  - Prove that your chickens do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your ducks do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your cattle do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your guinea fowl do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your quail do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your pigeons do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your geese do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your rabbits do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your llamas do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your alpacas do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your hogs do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your cats do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your dogs do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your goats do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your sheep do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your turkeys do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your fish do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your bees do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your guinea pigs do not have parasites - 4 points

wood badge

180 points required
Can do up to 30 new points from Sand and Straw lists

Prerequisites:
  - Prove your animal’s food is fit for human consumption
  - Prove that your animal’s water is clean/fresh/healthy

Required:
  - Care for 6 different species of animal for 6 months - 40 points
      - Provide clearly better conditions than any conventional farm
      - Primarily skiddable shelters
      - No manure handling
      - Less than 2% off property inputs

  - Harvest 200,000 calories from a domestic animal system - 60 points
      - At least 6 animal products and a minimum of 10,000 calories from each of the 6

Electives:
  - Harvest 20 lbs of fiber from a domestic animal system - 10 points
  - Harvest 5 square feet of leather - 8 points
  - Harvest 5 square feet of fur - 8 points
  - Seal a 1000 square foot pond with pigs - 12 points
  - Grow a large three season nectar harvest for honeybees - 20 points
      - Minimum of 1/4 acre and at least two dozen species
  - Arrange a hayless system for a ruminant herd - 20 points
  - Grow forage for chickens/pigs in four paddocks - 10 points
      - at least 12 plant species, obviously more than 20,000 calories of forage per paddock

iron badge

These six species required:
  - Cattle
  - Chickens
  - Hogs
  - Turkey
  - Fish
  - Honeybees

Six more species required (your choice).  Possibilities could be more than what you see on this list:
  - Ducks
  - Guinea fowl
  - Quail
  - Pigeons
  - Geese
  - Guinea pigs for meat
  - Working farm dogs
  - Working farm cats
  - Sheep
  - Goats
  - Llama
  - Alpaca
  - Rabbits

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.

  - Harvest 4 million calories from 9 domestic animal systems
      - Must include a minimum of:
          - 1 beef animal
          - dairy (5 lbs butter, 5 lbs cheese, 1 qt cream)
          - 100 eggs
          - 12 butchered chicken
          - 6 turkeys
          - 2 hogs
          - 10 lbs fish
          - 10 lbs honey
  - Harvest 80 lbs of fiber from a domestic animal system
  - Harvest 20 square feet of leather
  - Harvest 20 square feet of fur

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

  - Prove you are nurturing your cattle
     - Minimum of 3 calves from breeding to six months old
     - Come willingly to be milked
  - Prove you are nurturing your chickens
      - Chicken breeding program to favor good egg production and foraging on your property
      - Minimum of 100 chickens from hatch to 3 months old under broody hens (no incubators)
  - Prove you are nurturing your hogs
      - Minimum of two dozen hogs from birth to six months old
      - Ensure wallow facilities for the 12 hottest days of the year
  - Prove you are nurturing your turkeys
      - Minimum of a dozen turkeys from under a broody hen to 3 months old
  - Prove you are nurturing your fish
      - 12 or more species of aquatic and riparian plants
      - Variety of water depths, rocks, logs, hiding places
      - No supplemental fish food - sufficient bugs/plants/etc for them to forage
  - Prove you are nurturing your honeybees
      - Tens of thousands of blooms at 2 points in each season within 150 feet of the hive (about two acres)
      - Includes bear protection, additional winter insulation system, no paint on hive and a bee hut or equivalent system for shade, rain and snow protection
      - Each colony must come from a wild swarm and you must prove that your colony swarmed at least once
      - Each hive is at least 200 feet from any other hive
  - Prove you are nurturing another species (complete 6)
      - Breed and Nurture Ducks
      - Breed and Nurture Geese
      - Breed and Nurture Guinea Fowl
      - Breed and Nurture Quail
      - Breed and Nurture Pigeons
      - Breed and Nurture Rabbits
      - Breed and Nurture Goats
      - Breed and Nurture Sheep
      - Breed and Nurture Alpaca
      - Breed and Nurture Guinea Pigs
      - Breed and Nurture Llama
      - Breed and Nuture Working Farm Dogs
      - Breed and Nurture Working Farm Cats
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I think I have completed the sand badge! I:

Cleaned a Shelter
Made a Snake Habitat
Trained Ducks to Come When I Call
Cleaned Four Nesting Boxes
Made a Brush Pile Near a Garden
Planted Pollinator Seeds

Do'h! Somehow I accidently did one extra. I only needed to do 5 from the list. Oh well!


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I think I have completed the Sand badge!

Feed appropriate kitchen scraps
Build a nice birdhouse
Build a solitary bee house
Make a brush pile
Clean out 4 chicken nest boxes
 
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Why yes, yes you have! And now you have the animal sand badge!

(And now I better go finish another badge to stay ahead of you! )
 
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Would building an aquaponics system to hold trout count as fish keeping?
 
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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.
 
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I think I will qualify for the Animal Care Sand Badge!

My animal care BB's are:
Make a brush pile
Build an Insect Hotel
Build a Solitary Bee House
Build Lizard/Reptile Habitat
Make a Bee/Insect Watering Station
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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.
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Gathering foraged apples
Gathering foraged apples
 
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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.
 
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Hello there!

I believe that I've earned my Animal Care Sand Badge:

- Brush Pile: https://permies.com/p/1083096
- Watering Station: https://permies.com/p/1085632
- Mason Bee House: https://permies.com/p/1085631
- Hummingbird: https://permies.com/p/1085646
- Pollinator: https://permies.com/p/1085656

I definitely didn't think this would be my second badge, but it is!
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I believe I've earned my Sand Level -Animal Care PEP Badge:

Plant 200 Seeds for Hummingbirds
Clean out 4 Chicken Nesting Boxes
Make a Bee/Insect Watering Station
Build a Solitary Bee House
Collect a Dozen Eggs

YAY! First PEP Badge!

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Congratulations! This badge is now certified!! (Woo hoo!)

 
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We just got the Animal Care Straw, Wood and Iron badges sorted out.  I updated the top post of the thread for your viewing enjoyment!
 
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Question about harvesting a rabbit for part of this badge?

I'm assuming you'd like to see a picture of the live rabbit and the skinned and cleaned rabbit.

What pictures do you want of the actual processing of it?

Didn't want to make it too gory or gross people out?

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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
 
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Hi Penny, miraculously someone (not me) created a BB thread for butchering a rabbit so now you can go for it

https://permies.com/wiki/145832/pep-animal-care/Harvest-Rabbit-animal-care-sand
 
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Sweet.

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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...
 
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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.
 
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sand badge

Milk a goat

4 nest boxes

Chicken Harvest

Daily check fowl

4 legged daily check
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Congratulations! You've earned your Animal care Sand Badge!

 
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I'm ready to apply for my Animal Care Sand Badge!

1. clean out 4 nest boxes
2. milk a cow or goat
3. daily check 4-legged animals
4. make a brush pile
5. feed appropriate kitchen scraps
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Congratulations on your fifth badge!!!

 
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I think I now qualify for the Sand badge in Animal Care!

Do 5 of (Joel list):
  • build a nice birdhouse for a specific species of bird
  • create a brush pile near a garden for animal/insect diversity habitat
  • cleaning a shelter
  • cleaning out at least 4 nesting boxes for chickens
  • collect 12 eggs from your fowl

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    Congratulations! You've earned your Animal Care Sand Badge!

     
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    Here are my five BB from the Joel List for the Animal Care Sand Badge.

      Make a Bee/Insect Watering Station
      Training Animals for Goodies
      Daily Food/Water/Safety Check for 4-Legged Livestock
      Clean Out 4 Chicken Nest Boxes
      Milk a Goat
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    Congratulations! You've earned your Animal Care Sand Badge!

     
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    Sand Badge Submission:
    1. plant seeds for humming birds https://permies.com/wiki/108235/pep-animal-care/plant-seeds-hummingbirds-PEP-BB#1252127
    2. Train an Animal to Eat Treats https://permies.com/wiki/108363/pep-animal-care/PEP-BB-animal-sand-training#1252898
    3. collect 12 eggs from your fowl https://permies.com/wiki/14/134516/pep-animal-care/Collect-Dozen-Eggs-PEP-BB#1242187
    4. Make a Brush Pile https://permies.com/wiki/35/108150/pep-animal-care/Brush-Pile-PEP-BB-animal#1242055
    5. cleaning out at least 4 nesting boxes for chickens https://permies.com/wiki/10/108540/pep-animal-care/Clean-Chicken-Nest-Boxes-PEP#1251985
    Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

    Congratulations! You've earned your Animal Care Sand Badge!

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