Thursday, November 8, 2012
Not much going on in our coop these days, just a lot of feathers falling out. The molt is on and they don't seem too happy about it.
We've been cleaning out our gardens and raking up leaves. It is a good time to mix some greens and browns in the run to let them break down and create some compost. There is a method of composting called the "Deep Litter Method" that helps create heat for the hen house. I have read articles by people who swear by it, I try to do it be able to add it to my gardens but I can't say that it creates much heat. I just haven't verified it. The theory is, chicken poop is full of nitrogen, the wood shavings are carbon, you need both to create compost. What I don't see in the mix is some type of moisture which I have heard accelerates the process. Oxygen is another component that microbes need to break down the materials so turning the mixture periodically will help.