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Planning for chicken manure collection

Roosters asking for
clean waterRobin Edmundson's entry has to do with planning her coop and run to make manure collection easier.  She wrote:

"We have had chickens for many years now and there are a bunch of things I wish I had known about chickens then, that I know now.  I wish I had known how fabulous chicken poop was for garden fertilizer.  We'd have designed the coop a bit differently.

"As it is now, we toss all of our yard and garden debris, weeds, and kitchen scraps into the coop.  The chickens stir it all up, eat the bugs it draws, poop all over it and it composts brilliantly.  In the spring and fall we scrape the top layer off, dig the next 8 inches or so up and dress all the veg garden beds with that black gold.  It's made a huge difference in the quality of the garden.

"If I could redesign the run, I'd have a couple of different areas for them alternate between.  It would make aging the compost a bit easier - the chickens could start the new area while the first area rests and then it would be good and aged by the time we need it on the garden.

"Best of luck with the new waterer!  I've attached a pic of a couple of roosters standing in an empty birdbath as if demanding we try out your new waterer."

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Chicken poop is marvelous!
Comment by Robin E. at lunch time on Friday, August 23rd, 2013
Can't agree more! Chicken manure is Stinky Gold. We also do a lot of "composting" of veggie wastes in their area. :)
Comment by Teresa Robeson at lunch time on Friday, August 23rd, 2013
I vote for this entry! Those birds are beautiful, and that is a good idea for organizing a coop.
Comment by Lily J. at lunch time on Friday, August 23rd, 2013
Good Luck Robin!
Comment by Val Friday afternoon, August 23rd, 2013
Good advice on making the most out of all chickens can give!
Comment by Murphala Friday afternoon, August 23rd, 2013
Love these ideas.
Comment by Jamie late Friday afternoon, August 23rd, 2013
Robin's chickens need a new EZ Miser!
Comment by Danielle at midnight, August 24th, 2013
Love the idea of alternating chicken spaces. Also love the pic! The girl in the back seems to be screaming "Get out of the bowl! Get out of the bowl!" Great shot.
Comment by JodiBlu late Monday evening, August 26th, 2013
Turning a chicken coop into a "fertilizer factory" this way is great advice.
Comment by Andrew Thursday afternoon, September 5th, 2013
It is also fun to see what hybrid squash seeds come out of the stinky dirt.
Comment by Eric late Thursday evening, September 5th, 2013
Best of luck in your endeavor!
Comment by Anonymous late Thursday night, September 6th, 2013

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