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Visiting Buena Vista Farm (and an upcoming course there, too)

March 10, 2014 | Chickens, Courses + Workshops, Kitchen Garden, Small Farm Skills | 7 comments | Author:

Perched on green headlands with rich volcanic soil below, mountains behind and the wide blue of the Pacific out front, Buena Vista Farm is a pretty special place. And as a bonus, it’s peopled by an awesome young farming family … Read More


Rooftop Chickens

August 26, 2013 | Chickens, Urban Permaculture | 4 comments | Author:

Chickens are an excellent addition to any small-scale growing system, if you have the space. They recycle green waste and produce two very valuable things for the small-scale gardener: fresh eggs, and chicken manure. In a rooftop garden scenario, there’s … Read More


Egg mobile with added duck. Bring on the Muscovys

January 20, 2013 | Chickens, Ducks | 22 comments | Author:

We’ve been wanting to introduce ducks to our integrated animal systems for some time now. We’ve been trying to decide which breed to start with and where they would best fit, so we can maximise the Power of Duck at … Read More


Enter the egg mobile (start with what you’ve got)

January 3, 2013 | Chickens | 25 comments | Author:

We’ve been researching egg mobile models for a good while now, in order to figure out how best to get our small (but growing) flock of layers rotating through our paddocks, enjoying fresh pasture and laying eggs aplenty. In the … Read More


Costa and his Ladies

November 8, 2012 | Chickens | 7 comments | Author:

Back when Costa was setting up his verge garden (the one that now beams into Aussie homes every Saturday night on Gardening Australia), he proved that chicken tractors will work just about anywhere, even on the verge. As part of … Read More


Azolla (water fern) as protein-rich animal feed

August 6, 2012 | Aquaponics, Biofertilizer, Chickens, Pigs | 26 comments | Author:

Azolla is a native water plant with some seriously exciting attributes for anyone looking to develop closed-loop cycles for organic animal feed. It’s high in protein and minerals, fixes nitrogen, is palatable to chickens, pigs, goats, ducks and cows, and … Read More


Meanwhile, in the Gravity Chicken Run…

June 13, 2012 | Animal Systems, Chickens | 21 comments | Author:

The Gravity Chicken Run is now entering its second winter as one of the gravity-powered (and chicken powered) composting experiments at Milkwood Farm. We’ve made some modifications since last winter, and things are looking good. As with all on-farm experiments, … Read More


Egg Mobiles I Have Loved…

April 18, 2012 | Animal Systems, Appropriate Technology, Chickens | 21 comments | Author:

An Egg Mobile is a movable chicken house designed to house laying hens at night, who by day cluck around on open pasture. Joel Salatin made them famous at Polyface Farms, but who invented the concept I do not know. … Read More


Attack of the Wolf Mountain Chickens

February 18, 2012 | Animal Systems, Chickens | 9 comments | Author:

[wpvideo UFYkeID7] Warning! This post contains chook-talk. Not much of it, as I am not the resident chook fancier of Milkwood, but still a bit. In short, we have started breeding Blue Langshans, a heritage dual-purpose (ie good eggs and … Read More


High-rise chicken feeding stations

July 6, 2011 | Animal Systems, Chickens, Uncategorized | 6 comments | Author:

Within our gravity chicken run, we needed a way to feed the chickens up off the ground. Mainly so nothing would impede the gradual down-hill slump of mulch we’re hoping this overall design will provide. The answer? Recycled palettes and … Read More