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Editorial

We as humans have included chickens as part of household life for thousands of years. The earliest evidence of domestication is believed to date back to 5400BCE in China and evidence has been found dating back thousands of years across the world, in Iran, Pakistan, India, Africa, North and South America.

All chickens have descended from the red jungle fowl of South-East Asia and from there have been traded and transported across the globe and been embedded in civilisations throughout history.

Around 800BCE ancient Egyptians were artiõcially incubating eggs and at the same time, Romans were experimenting with dishes such as omelettes and stu§ed chickens and using farming practices to fatten birds for eating.

What has caused the humble chicken to be so ubiquitous throughout time? It hasn’t always been for their meat and eggs, chickens were often held in religious esteem where they were worshipped and often they were used as oracles and omens in times of war.

Now days chickens are still found in households across the world, scratching the dirt, eating bugs and supplying the household with eggs and sometimes meat. And what good permaculture system doesn’t have a few chickens clucking about in it?

In this issue we’ve brought you the lowdown on some of the basics of chicken care: from keeping them healthy, to breeding them and growing them for meat. I’ve invited ‘eggsperts’ to share their knowledge about all things clucky. We also have an article on vegan permaculture where chickens are in the system but not used for their produce. We also look at alternatives to chickens for small spaces with the Japanese Quail.

Enjoy this our seventh issue of Pip magazine. We are now in our fourth year of publishing and we are increasing production from two issues a year to three: March, July and November, so there won’t be so long to wait between reads. I hope you enjoy this ink and paper collection of knowledge and inspiration and find an opportunity to slow down and enjoy the read.

Until next time,

Robyn

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