Getting the flock out of here - a diary of a crazy chicken man

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ozexpat, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. Sweetpea3829

    Sweetpea3829 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My dogs pick through and eat chicken poop...lol. So gross!!!!
     
  2. Tomtommom

    Tomtommom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Had to search, but I found it. It was posted on Facebook in September, didn't realize they had the workshop yesterday *laugh*

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  3. Lillahimed

    Lillahimed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Neat! Too bad there isn't one of these in california. I know plenty of people who would gladly take this class!
     
  4. Tomtommom

    Tomtommom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, and on the subject of chicken poop used as food. Apparently one can raise chickens on wire over a big tank with Tilapia. The poop can be eaten by the fish and it will cause algae to grow in the water, offering a second source of food for the fish. You can even run the fish water through an aquaponic system and grow some amazing veggies, the roots would filter the water and it can be pumped back to the fish. Veggies and fish which could feed people as well as the chickens. Circle of life, dude. [​IMG]

    I am really interested in permaculture, which really is what Oz is trying to accomplish. Sustainable farming, renewing your own sources of food etc. etc.
     
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  5. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    YOud have to have alot of fish..... LOL. I used to have over three hundred gallons worth of Aquariums.... Varying from One BIG tank in the living room to Vivariums, Turtle tanks, Kids room tanks. Then there was the small pond I built in the front driveway.... (dont ask lol) out of Cinder block and a pond liner... So when I discovered the topic of Tilapia ...... and Aquaponics..... I thought.... Wow no brainer.... My head spun around... I could do this.

    Even though my house is in the desert it gets too cold for Tilapia in the winter without heating the water 75-85 optimum temps.... Could work around that too. Maintaining the proper ph levels in a big tank is easier.... but you have to be certain you arent adding something that will change that.

    Though Tilapia are very very tough and will live in a WIDE variety of ph and salt levels, Fluctuation within that system would not be good.

    People here are using those three hundred gallon totes and slicing off the top eight inches for a filtration bed. that drains back into the tank then the fish waste is drawn off and circulated through grow beds whereupon it returns to that final filtration spot. THAT in its self is an ecology.

    Actually each Aquarium Tub pond bucket..... you raise fish in has an ecology with many many different contributors, from micro organisms to insects to even molds and fungi. The food that goes in..... also feeds the other critters that live with the fish....

    Sorry I am not making sense... I was up very late last night.

    deb
     
  6. Sweetpea3829

    Sweetpea3829 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hubby and I bought a 55 gallon aquarium for our first wedding anniversary. We LOVED that thing and had some awesome fish in there. But when we added four kids in 3 1/2 years, we quickly outgrew our 700 sq ft apartment and had to downsize quite a few things, including the tank. We would like to get another one, now that we have over 3500 sq ft of house. But this time, I think we'd like to size up the tank.

    In the meantime, DS is asking for a snake for his birthday in December, and DD wants a turtle. She had one over the summer, but we only had a 20 gallon tank and I didn't feel it was big enough for "Strawberry" the turtle and I talked her into letting him go. He was wild born anyways, so it seemed right.

    I'm still on the fence with getting her a pet turtle. They really need a good bit of space.

    I do have a friend in San Diego...she has a giant tortoise named Kobae. I'm SO jealous of her tortoise...lol. He is awesome! If we didn't live in a cold region, I would love to get one. That and...they eat A LOT.
     
  7. perchie.girl

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  8. Lillahimed

    Lillahimed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok and now I'm wondering.. what happened to the red eared sliders? and also why did you put the pond in your driveway?
     
  9. Lillahimed

    Lillahimed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also as far as the permaculture goes, I find the poop thing very interesting, but also nasty. I guess its one of the things that I shouldn't think too hard about, such as fertile eggs
     
  10. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    I told my wife I wanted to build a 1000 gallon Tilapia tank and use hydroponics to grow lettuce.

    I got the look that made me decide to buy a few goats. LOL

    Seriously, I would love to do it. Its not something that can be set up remotely. It takes several months to balance the project before you buy the fish.

    In the Philippines there are huge aquafarms raising milkfish, tilapia and shrimp/prawns. My father in law had a 40HA pond for a while. The fry are cheap. It could work.
     

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