hubby and i laughed a bit because we liken it to IKEA furniture's ability to test a relationship. if your relationship can handle putting together a piece of IKEA furniture (or a chook dome!) then it can survive anything. and you bet! we survived and boy! are we happy with the outcomes ... it means that we can seriously start putting our mandala beds together!
but i have to digress a little and pay thanks to those who deserve it .... because while i am sure they don't realise it, they have played a significant role in this little accomplishment and inspiring us along this path and setting an example that we can EASILY follow (and i SO mean that!). a bit of a hat tip to them first.
to the folks at Purple Pear. we had never really considered the concept of the Mandala Garden, and how you can use chickens as an integrated part of the process until we spent a day with them on their property in the Hunter Valley. it was great to see the rotational grazing and dense nutrient rich soil that their chooks created in their lives on the farm. to get an idea of the process they went through, have a look here.
to a permie guru Terra Sancta Permaculture, thank you for hearing our desire to combine function and beauty and encouraging us to use the mandala as an integrat part of our farm.
there was never a more complete, easy to read, and thorough resource on how to build a geodesic dome than what the guys at Milkwood have done. take a look. it is easy to follow and i know that as hubby and i stood in the middle of the paddock pieces bits together we had the iphone at hand with this page up so that we got it right.
the negative??? the chicken wire. it's a bit of a pain really .... and will never look "nice". just ain't gonna happen .... but the fact is the chickens don't care what it looks like as long as they have food/water and a perch they are just fine. so i've let go of my innate need for this to look nice and it works.
this is a huge step forward for us ... give the chooks a week or two on the area, throw in a bale of hay for them to work, scratch and poo in ... and then i'll be able to start considering what yummy end of summer veg we can plant!
|electrical conduit ready to be cut|
|the calculations can bend the brain. measure twice and|
cut once was truly the method we had to use!
|our first batch of chickens! LOL!|
|and so it begins to rise ....|
|i told you it was light weight and easy to move!|
|coaxing our two month old plymouth rocks|
into their new domicile.
|our version of "pasture poultry"|
|all done and dusted thank you very much!|