In permaculture, you try to keep some wild animals around but which ones?
On our new property here I'm learning, or trying to, all the different types of animals/critters we have around. For example, what their scat looks like, footprints and evidence that they've been somewhere. It's a lot to learn. Some animals eat ticks, bad snakes and such so you'd probably like to keep them around. Others seem to just make a nuisance of themselves in everyway imaginable.
We thought we had protected our several pet chickens pretty well. But early one morning a few weeks ago we were getting ready to leave for school and we found that most were dead or nearly dead. It was not a good day to be sure.😥
So I'd like to hear from all of you. In the world of permaculture, which ones do you try to get rid of and which ones do you "encourage to eat elsewhere" but have in proximity to you?
We are planning on getting some animals in the spring. Our plans are to figure out housing this winter, along with planning the garden beds and such. So I am wanting to know how best to make safe housing for our animals with what we have around and which critters we should work on relocating, more or less. And also get ideas on best way to plan my gardens with all theses critters to try to keep at a distance. I plan to plant things just for them to eat, but away from the gardens. And I prefer raised beds for veggies. I have more luck with those. But we are going to do a bunch of food forest type of gardens because of all the nut and fruit trees that are already here. So I'm trying to think about zones with all of this and how best to plan.
I'd really love to hear what you all think and any suggestions you may have for me.
The animals/critters we know we have here are: frogs, turtles, mice, rats, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, possums, skunks, racoons, groundhogs, deer, cranes, hawks, wild turkeys and snakes both good and bad ones. Those are what we've seen. We have heard coyotes and owls.
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