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Oct 5, 2012

Pumpkin Made From a Book, Deep Litter Method For Chickens

Pumpkin Made From a Book-
What a great idea!!! Book Page Pumpkin  I love both versions... and I'll make one soon...

Deep Litter Method For Chickens-
I tried using straw for bedding in our urban chicken coop early on, but quickly switched to the Deep Litter Method. It's inexpensive, requires little labor, has no odor, is healthy for the chickens and is biodegradable in the garden. What's not to love? Pine shaving in a bale are about $10.00 here, enough for a full cleaning, we just add a little extra. So for about $11.00 you can use it for about 3-4 months. Over time we add another inch or two in the main coop and the upper "condo area" and nesting boxes. I clean the condo and nesting boxes daily, or every other day. Dave emptied the coop today, spread in the garden, all done! Nice and fresh and clean. It's pretty dirty/dusty, but it's only done 3-4 times a year. It took about an hour.

Bottoms up! Molly and Little Blackie (formerly Rose) in the garden during coop cleaning

 Rosie on bug patrol, my little tough girl the only survivor from my original flock.

I covered a Papa Murphy's Big Pep pizza with my tomatoes and a little fresh basil :) Wow, that was GOOD!


Candy C. said...

Dang, I'm wanting some pizza now!! :)

nancy said...

Ha! Those dead ripe tomatoes just melted in my mouth:)

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