I have just bought my first four chickens. I still have them housed and will be letting them out tomorrow, great expectations that they will enjoy there freedom in a large garden area.
My worry is when I have cleaned out the chicken house, where is the best place to put debris?
They have not laid any eggs as yet, but reading up it looks as though it is because of the daylight (lack of) hours.
it goes in the green johanna and becomes compost!
Trying to enjoy life as it is
Welcome to the forum. Glad to have you with us & hope you will enjoy being a member.
Do you have a compost heap or compost bin? If not you can dig a pit & put the chicken litter in there, covering it with some soil. If you are clever & mark where it is, you can plant vegetables like tomatoes or courgettes in this area in late Spring & they will thrive on all the nitrogen. Do not put fresh chicken poo on any plants while it is fresh; it needs time to break down.
"The beautiful is as useful as the useful...perhaps more so."
from Les Miserables
Hi Anne . We had chickens a few years ago and our cleaning out went on the compost heat and boy did it get it steaming. We will get some more chickens next year and one reason is to add nitrogen to our compost heap.
Yep, I'll 3rd that - when we clean out the birds (or even the hamsters) most of the waste goes on the compost heap.
Also you may be right about them not laying because it's too dark. Our quail stopped laying a over a month ago when the days started to get shorter.
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After reading all your posts I feel really guilty as I burn ours in a huge oil drumWhen we moved here it was our plan to grow as much veg as we could and live the good life, as it turns out somehow we both have fallen into jobs and have no time to do the above. We are very lucky though as where we live(France) there is very high unemployment, all the locals work on the Farms or Factory's Pork & Salmon or Veg.We do plan however to stop work and do what we came here for!
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