Farm Foto of the Day: Future Fertilizer From Feathered Friends (aka Cleaning Out the Coop)

Although I have plenty of work right now as a freelance copywriter to keep me busy, and I should have been in the office much earlier than I was this morning, the chicken coop could…not…wait…another day. Bleh! I spent two hours cleaning all this old bedding out of the chicken coop and rethinking my approach to this. I had read this idea, to keep layering on clean bedding all winter, then cleaning out the coop in the spring. But we got to where we had 10 inches of bedding (matted down!), so much so that we had to make a makeshift ramp so the turkeys could get into the coop. (Yes, turkeys in the chicken coop. Don’t ask.)

So as part of our learning as we learn to start a farm, I tried it. Bob wasn’t convinced, and now neither am I. It was too much bedding and it got too stinky, and boy, was it a chore to clean out this morning! I was almost as stinky as the bedding when I was done, I worked up such a sweat! And that was only three months of bedding. No way could we have lasted until March! I think moving forward we’ll see if we can clean it once a week. Because I don’t want to spend another morning on a chore like this again. 🙂

Now, all that said, this is a pile of future fertilizer we’re looking at, with all the bedding on this side of the fence and the horse poop on the other side. So it’s not as if it will go to waste, no way. I just would rather do this in smaller increments, I think. 🙂

This is the pile of old bedding from the chicken coop when I was only three fourths of the way through cleaning it out.

This is the pile of old bedding from the chicken coop when I was only three fourths of the way through cleaning it out.

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