One of Bill Mollisons permaculture principles is The problem is the solution. He is quoted as saying with regards to this principle, 'you don't have a snail problem you have a duck deficiency'.
Our market garden had a duck deficiency which we have rectified....
We let them in for a few hours in the morning when the snails are most active and then let them back out before they do any damage to the seedlings.
And here are some photos of our new little chicks. We have moved them out of the basket into a chook house that Mark built.
6 out of the 8 eggs hatched. They each have feathery feet like their dad (or dads, as their were 3 roosters in with the hens at the time. One grey, one white and one red)
The geese are sitting on a heck of a lot of eggs. Goodness knows how many goslings we'll get. Any one interested in some geese?