Learning how to integrate animals into productive gardens and farms takes time, observation, and feedback from the animal and symbiotic plant systems that grow alongside your animals. The process of understanding how to effectively integrate chickens, sheep, goats, cattle, ducks and fish can be an easy process to get started though. Finding a good breed of chickens that are suited to your climate and match your needs and also match your landscape is one of the best places to start. Below is a flyer for our upcoming course in partnership with Growing Roots Permaculture at Starseed Gardens to be held June 6th in Byron Bay, Australia.
This unit is part of a Permaculture Design Certificate – pick up a module and complete a PDC in your own time. Topics covered include:
- chicken breeds, sheep, goat and cattle breeds,
- fish ponds and aquaponics
- black fly larvae production systems developed by Starseed Gardens.
- Tropical and sub-tropical fish rice systems
- Polyface and Regrarian approaches to integration of cattle, sheep and chickens into super high productivity farming systems.
- Health management strategies and methods including medicine paddocks, medicinal species and natural remedies.
Below is a table with chicken breeds often referenced in Permaculture. However, Permaculture never stipulates a particular species of breed as most suitable, everything is context driven. We will discuss the merits of different chicken breeds such as egg production, chicken weight and some other factors that affect the chickens and some health management practices to keep your chickens healthy and happy.