Planning for chicken manure collection
"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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