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Nevermind mechanical tractors, the Chicken Tractor is not really a machanical machine at all, it’s just a quirky nickname for something far better than a Petrol Guzzling Monoculture Farmageddon contraption…

Simply put, a Chicken Tractor is a Chicken Coop on wheels, without a floor so that the Chickens can forage on the ground beneath the Tractor for a day then the Tractor will be moved the length of the coop the next morning in a rotation around a pre-designed (And pre-seeded) Plot of Land. This provides natural food (vegetation as well as insects) and a more natural almost free range style environment for them!
The benefits are good, The birds rely on less imports (feed) so it is a cost saver, they are healthier, the land gets ‘scratched over’ with pests becoming Chook food, the ground also gets manured so that the perennial greens have sufficient nutrients to sprout back before the Tractor is back in the same spot after sometime.

In the below Video, Joel Slatin (aka the Nutcase Farmer) explains the concept on his industrial sized enterprise:

Some more designs:

Article on Wikipedia:

Chicken tractors allow free ranging along with shelter, allowing chickens fresh forage such as grass, weeds and bugs (although these will quickly be stripped away if the tractor remains in the same place for too long), which widens their diet and lowers their feed needs. Unlike fixed coops, chicken tractors do not have floors so there is no need to clean them out. They echo a natural, symbiotic cycle of foraging through which the birds eat down vegetation, deposit fertilizing manure, then go on to a new area.

The term chicken tractor comes from the chickens performing many functions normally performed using a modern farm tractor: functions like digging and weeding the soil in preparation for planting trees or crops or fertilizing and weeding to enhance the growth of crops and trees already planted.

With chicken tractors flock owners can raise poultry in an extensive environment wherein the birds have access to fresh air, sunlight, forage and exercise, which caged birds in commercial coops do not have. With the coop on only a small area at any given time, the field has time to wholly regrow and more birds can be fed than if they were allowed to freely roam. A chicken tractor also gives some shelter from predators and weather. Moreover, hens lay eggs in nest boxes rather than hiding them in foliage.

In the below videos (Both less than 2 / 3 min’s each) the Guy explains the setup on day one of the tractor and birds being put into place, then day two (2nd Video) you see the area after the Tractor is relocated and the effects / benefits of Chicken Tractoring.
These two videos are what first made me understand the full reasoning and intent / benefits behind this practice a couple years ago when I first came across the concept.

Video 1; Chicken Tractor on first location:
https://youtu.be/3Er7R-AKQGg

Video 2; Result day after adn explanation of findings:
https://youtu.be/GQE0WyxgTT4

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If you love permaculture and want it to spread to the masses, watch this video!! Now this is pro-activeness …

In small spaces it is highly recommended to rather vertically grow as much as possible as part of your stacking plan, here in this post I will advise especially on pumpkins, squashes and even melons!

Vertically Growing Pumpkins, Squash, Melons, Gourds and Cucumbers ( Permaculture Stacking )

The main reason being that the plants can be quite prolific in foliage growth, although this makes a great ground cover (preventing evaporation and suppressing weeds) it also takes up loads of space!
However, we have other benefits too, by growing them vertically, the fruits sit off the ground and therefore have less chance of rotting or being chewed on by animals / critters or mutant GMO franken slugs! 😉

Vertically Growing Pumpkins on an A Frame (Permaculture Stacking) - shade Tolerant plants and be put beneath

Vertically Growing Pumpkins on an A Frame (Permaculture Stacking) – shade Tolerant plants and be put beneath

Finally, if your posts / supports are good enough to support many pumpkins, melons or other squashes, then you can merely let them hang until the plant is pretty much completely dead before harvesting!

In the following video, John Kohler from the superbly popular ”Growing Your Greens” Youtube channel shows his large setup which yielded a huge amount of pumpkins.
Now the great news for anyone who hasn’t grown pumpkins or hard squashes before is that if cured in the sun directly after cutting from the plant and also a cool temperature store – you can still be eating pumpkins into May the next year! This is due to the long storage life of these edibles ….

216 pounds of pumpkin harvested from 15sq feet of growing space:

It’s important to try your very best to protect yourself from the harmful EMF signals, wireless and general non natural frequencies we are blasted by day to day! think about it, when most of us were born, what signals and frequencies were we all exposed to from womb to current day? And NOW what are little babies exposed to whilst in Mom’s womb? There are now Cell Phones (Mobile Phones), portable wireless house phones, wireless internet, EMF frequencies from various sources etc. Only time will tell the damage it will cause to us!!!!

Camping – A Good Way To Escape EMF and Re-connect with Nature

I highly recommend watching and SHARING this documentary by James Russell on the harms of EMF, the risks and evidence of cancer clusters around cellphone transmitter towers – including EMF links to CCD (Bees: Colony Collapse Disorder).

I came across this information a couple of years back, this should have been one of my first posts on this blog!

This is a very interesting and inspiring video from a South African based Bio Diesel manufacturer, includes a tour of their facility and explanation of how the fuel is made:

Behold! The Zero Energy House in Northern Sweden – a Modern version of an Earth Ship

London Permaculture Festival 2015

The date is now set for the Annual London Permaculture Festival and it will be held on Sunday the 19th July 2015, venue will be the same:

Cecil Sharp House,
2 Regents Park Road,
NW1 7AY,
Camden

At the moment they have stated that more details will be added to the site in the new year, you can still browse the site and take a look at the previous stall attendees, workshop schedule, sponsors etc.

http://www.londonpermaculturefestival.com/

The videos below are from previous years attendances to the festival (2011 & 2014 respectively):

Entrance fee is only £6 for the whole day! See You There ! …