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Wow, that is an older picture before Hurricane Sandy forced my reinforcements.

 

 

Here is a better picture showing the lower 2 feet of the run wrapped in 1/2 hardware cloth, which actually contains the larger pieces.

 

You can see the depth of the litter.

 

As it decomposes, the birds scratch it out, where I collect the finished compost.

 

The boards are necessary to attach the 2 feet of hardware cloth on the bottom sides, and 2x3 fencing on the sides, top, and skirt.

 

Great system, Ron!!!  Using the fence to filter out large particles and the chickens to move the fine compost out of the run is just fantastic...sure does make it easier to collect the composted material. 

 
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post #32 of 35

@RonP

 

Thank you... so from the looks of that picture, you don't have the hardware cloth clear down to grown level.. correct?  To allow more compost to come through?

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Throw me to the wolves, and I'll come back. Leading the pack.....

 

~ Jeremiah 29:11 ~ 

 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

 

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post #33 of 35
At the bottom of the run is a board at ground level. Attached to that board is the 2 x 3 fencing covered by the 2 feet of hardware cloth. 2 feet above, is another board. Also attached to that board is the skirt that runs 2 feet outward parallel to the ground to prevent digging. That skirt is also 2 x 3 fencing.
Edited by RonP - 2/29/16 at 6:35pm

Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

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Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

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post #34 of 35


Here you can see where it collects. I simply rake the finished compost. This particular picture was taken after the compost was removed.


Edited by RonP - 3/1/16 at 3:44am

Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

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Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

Reply
post #35 of 35

Ok, thanks.  I can't really see that bottom board...  so does the compost come out underneath that bottom board?

 

Sorry, I'm kind of annoyed right now.  I was in a zone and was talking to several people about things and for whatever reason, my account wouldn't let me post any more until it had been cleared by admin.  So...  yeah.    

 

But thank you... I will definitely be in touch.

Throw me to the wolves, and I'll come back. Leading the pack.....

 

~ Jeremiah 29:11 ~ 

 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

 

*~*Jennifer*~*

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Throw me to the wolves, and I'll come back. Leading the pack.....

 

~ Jeremiah 29:11 ~ 

 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

 

*~*Jennifer*~*

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