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This badge is about animal care. Animals are a huge benefit in the landscape, whether you decide to eat them or not. This aspect is set up with the idea that a vegan could complete the sand and straw badges in a way that could impress Otis.

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(joel list) complete five of:
   - build a nice birdhouse for a specific species of bird (prerequisite dimensional.sand.birdhouse)
   - build a mason bee house (possibly other solitary bees)
   - build a ladybug house
   - build a bat house
   - build an insect hotel
   - scythe and bale one bale of hay
   - scythe and bale one bale of straw
   - plant a three season nectar harvest for pollinators
   - create a brush pile near a garden for animal/insect diversity habitat
   - create six different toad habitats
   - plant 60 mulberry tree seeds
   - create snake/lizard habitat
   - create a live mouse trap
   - create at least a pint of holzer bone sauce
   - share appropriate kitchen scraps
   - milk a cow or goat or sheep - one gallon for cows, one quart for others
   - plant seeds for humming birds
   - make a bee/insect watering station
   - move a yellowjacket nest from where it is a bother to where it is a value
   - putting out some winter straw to help the animals stay warm
   - fecal parasite test
   - (sheep) health check
   - training animals for goodies
   - catch a honey bee swarm with a bait hive (aka swarm trap)
   - rescue a honey bee swarm
   - cleaning a shelter
   - (chickens) cleaning out at least 4 nesting boxes
   - grow sprouts as a winter chicken feed
   - remove algae from a trout pond
   - add aeration strategy to a trout pond
   - stock a trout pond with trout
   - move animals to a new paddock
   - collect 12 eggs from your fowl
   - food/water/egg/safety check for your fowl
   - food/water/safety check for your 4 legged livestock

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I think I have completed the Sand badge!

Feed appropriate kitchen scraps
Build a nice birdhouse
Build a solitary bee house
Make a brush pile
Clean out 4 chicken nest boxes
 
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Why yes, yes you have! And now you have the animal sand badge!

(And now I better go finish another badge to stay ahead of you! )
 
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Would building an aquaponics system to hold trout count as fish keeping?
 
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Good question Gurkan.  I don't know every working of Paul's mind, but I'm guessing that he would much prefer to see fish living in a pond, lake or stream.  So I kind of doubt that in PEP (Permaculture Experience according to Paul) that it would be a part of Animal Care.  Unless it's an aquaponics system where the fish wouldn't know that they are in a system (no plastic tanks, minimal to no fish food, etc).

Some elements of a traditional aquaponics system would probably fit in the Plumbing badge and the entire effort could fit in Oddball.  But, as always, it's kind of up to Paul.  My guess is that if I'm terribly off-base with this reply, he'll jump in and correct me.
 
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I think I will qualify for the Animal Care Sand Badge!

My animal care BB's are:
Make a brush pile
Build an Insect Hotel
Build a Solitary Bee House
Build Lizard/Reptile Habitat
Make a Bee/Insect Watering Station
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You are now the proud owner of your 4th badge! Congratulations!

 
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Not sure if this fits in any way but here goes. I rarely have "appropriate kitchen scraps" to feed my animals. I try to use up just about all I have because I really hate food waste. Growing up we went days with little food and often ate just potatoes for days at a time. It would take me a year to get 4-2 gallon buckets of kitchen scraps. So...

I look at finding appropriate food that would otherwise be wasted to feed my animals. Being winter and already having had a foot of snow and temps in the low terns gives me more challenges.

Today was a gorgeous 27 degree, sunny day so I spent a few hours looking for waste streams to feed my animals.  I foraged willow trees that did not drop leaves yet for the goats. It helps supplement their food and beats boredom because bored goats get into trouble. They received enough for 2 nice size meals today. Now for the pigs, turkeys and chickens, I picked 2-5 gallon buckets of apples that are still hanging on the trees. These apples will supplement their food and add variety as well as added nutrients for a week of more.

While I was at it, I picked enough frozen but still good apples for me as well. I cannot eat them out of hand but they made delicious apple butter for my toast today and will top waffles tomorrow with enough left for further meals. The only waste was fed to the chickens of about a cup of peels, cores and egg shells from making waffles.

Am I way off base in feeling that all this effort should meet a BB?

I would gladly share lots of photos. Here are just a few.
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Gathering foraged apples
Gathering foraged apples
 
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Hi Kim, I think there's a good chance that would get certified.  Foraging food that would otherwise be wasted seems like a waste stream to me.  So I'd post it in the Share appropriate food scraps BB and see what happens.  The requirements are to do 8 gallons of scraps, do a picture of the scraps and a picture of the critters enjoying them.
 
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