Avian Aqua Miser: Automatic, poop-free chicken waterers

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Chicken perches

Chicken perching outside

The hardest thing about making the switch from chicken tractors to a chicken pasture is that our tractored chickens were not keen on the idea of roosting in their coop!  I was excited to be collecting their manure in a deep bedding of straw and autumn leaves, but the flock didn't cooperate.  Instead, they roosted here and there around the pasture, happy to enjoy the warm autumn days.

Adding roosts to a chicken coopMark tried everything he could think of to get them to perch inside, but finally cold weather did the job for us.  Soon, we had a flock perching just where we wished they wouldn't --- on the edges of the nest boxes so that they pooped all over the clean eggs.  Yuck!  Didn't we convert over to the Avian Aqua Miser specifically to prevent handling chicken poop?

After testing out several different options we discovered that our flock cared about only one thing when choosing their indoor perching location --- height.  Despite what many people report, branches and lumber are equal in the eyes of chickens.  All our chickens really seem to care about is being as high up as possible.  Once Mark lowered the nest boxes and raised the roosts, the chickens were finally settling in for the evening just where we hoped they would.  Now we have warm chickens, clean eggs, and deep litter composting for next  year's garden --- perfection.

Chickens on a perch

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