i salute the light within your eyes where the whole universe dwells. for when you are at that centre within you and i am at that place within me, we shall be one. - chief crazy horse, oglala sioux, 1877

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

a simple step... chickens...

i am so excited. we have been building a chicken coop and tractor this week and we're almost done. we need to finish the coop's roof and the tractor's liftable lid. we'll be taking my friends' 3 chickens, while they travel to australia to teach permaculture. they are cold-hardy white Chantecler chickens, which are appropriate for egg or meat production. wikipedia says they are the only "native" canadian breed; bred in quebec at the turn of the twentieth century.

we had chickens when i was a teenager living outside of stony plain, alberta, but i had nothing to do with them! i hated everything about country living, except horses!!

we will be working towards designing and implementing a closed system for our chickens. slowly building up a crop of plants for them in a year-round cycle and feeding them worms from the worm compost too. eventually it would be great to feed them only food we grow!!! that's an ultimate permaculture goal!!!