Originally Posted by MomMommyMamma
I recently watched the Back to the Garden of Eden film. Very interesting. One thing that really got my attention was his chickens. From what I can gather, he throws all yard/garden waste in the pen. Also throws wood ash in. Claims there's no smell and the dirt in the pen appeared to be beautiful, light, non-compacted compost that he then uses in his garden. We live in a VERY wet area (West Virginia). It rains every month of the year here. I'm wondering if anyone else uses this method of scraps to chickens equals compost in a wet area?
Yep...I do that here, though we call it the deep litter method. I'm currently trying Paul's gardening method as well. I don't have my chickens penned but I use the DL in the coop for the same affect and do this year round. No smell, no flies, recycling of various materials and chicken poo into rich, balanced compost.
Being in a wet area actually makes the composting go more quickly and efficiently than areas that are more arid, so you are in the right spot to make it happen.
Vid on the DL method and how mine looks:
I place all the food scraps, garden refuse and weed/flower clean up I can into the coop, along with bags and bags of leaves per year, wood chips, pine needles, smatterings of hay that have been cleaned out of nest boxes and dog houses, etc.
Put in this....
And take out this....
No smell, just earthy and, if I filter out the larger pieces, it's a fine, silty dust just like Paul's. I finally reached good composting in my coop when I stopped using wood shavings and started using leaves, greens, twigs, bark, pine needles, etc. Basically, a bigger variety of materials and particle sizes and kept away from pine shavings...they compost much more slowly. I also stopped stirring it around or encouraging the chickens to do so...the variety of materials are fine for letting oxygen into the pack and by stirring it around I was losing valuable moisture from my bottom layers.
It was the deep litter method of cooping that let me see the worth of Paul's BTE method of gardening, as I'd already been doing this in the coop and found I could trap moisture there when I wanted and make lovely composted mulch much more quickly than I could if I put all my chicken litter into a pile somewhere.
BTW, nice to meet another hillbilly on BYC!
Edited by Beekissed - 12/7/15 at 5:51pm