Kenny Coogan, CPBT-KA is a freelance writer, author and permaculturist in Florida. He has more than 15 years of experience as a poultry owner, and has trained birds professionally at zoos and aquariums for seven years. He has cared for pigeons, penguins and porcupines. His all-time favorite animal to work with and care for are sloths.
He wrote weekly pet columns for three newspapers in New York State for three years. Archives can be found at his column’s Facebook page: Critter Companions by Kenny Coogan.
Coogan has a B.S. in animal behavior and is a certified professional bird trainer through the International Avian Trainers Certification Board. His children’s book titled "A Tenrec Named Trey (And other odd lettered animals that like to play),” is an eight story anthology regarding bizarre but real exotic animals. He is a regular columnist for Backyared Poultry, Countryside and Florida Gardening magazines.
In addition to growing annual vegetables from seed in his greenhouse and then transplanting them into one of his six raised vegetable beds, Coogan is transforming his homestead into a permaculture landscape. Free tree trimmings are used as mulched pathways, 70 year old oak trees serve as trellises for passionfruit and loofa vines and a half dozen rain barrels store valuable rainwater for supplementing the vegetable gardens. Edible trees, including various bananas and citrus, Moringa, Chaya, katuk (Sauropus androgynus), loquat, pomegranate, jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus), peanut butter (Bunchosia argentea) and miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum), now grow where sandy soil once laid unproductively. He shares his one acre Florida homestead with two cats, eight chickens, six ducks and a 26-year-old female Moluccan cockatoo named Buddy.