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Cleaning out the deep bedding

Deep bedding in the garden

Twenty broilers raised on deep bedding = fertility for 15 blueberry and gooseberry bushes.  Don't you love farm math?

Cleaning out deep beddingI haven't cleaned out the other chicken coop yet, but I'm hopeful that it'll have at least twice as much bedding.  We raised nearly as many broilers down there last summer, and it also housed four hens until fall, and now is home to eleven chickens. 

Even that much deep bedding won't be enough to fertilize the rest of my perennials, though, since I have four long rows of brambles, one of hardy kiwis, and one of grapes, plus two pears, four peaches, four apples, and one plum.  Maybe I'll be able to scrape up enough bedding to topdress the trees, which are likely to wake up before our driveway dries up enough to bring in off-farm fertility.

As I plan 2012's broilers, I can't help wondering which is more important --- the delicious meat or the high quality, on farm compost.  No wonder my goals this year are simple --- to raise as many chickens as our pastures will bear.

Clean water from our chicken waterer means more eggs and better meat.

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