Originally Posted by crealbilly
This might just work out pretty well. I have 13 Jumbo Cornish Cross roos in a ajacent 165 sqft fenced in section of the chicken yard I'm going to process June 4th. After I'm done I could clean that area out and throw down a new bale of hay and put hen and her chicks in there until the chicks get big enough to join the rest of the flock.
I think I have a plan now... Thanks for helping me think through all of this.
BTW chicken Poop on top of hay makes for some awesome garden fertlizer. Just don't get any on the plants it will burn them. I like to till mine in a little beyond the plants leaf drip line. I grow some huge tomatoes this way. Cornish crosses generate a aewful lot of poop.
My father in law has been trying to grow grass on this bank behind their house for the past 2 years. I kept telling him to come out and get some of my older compost (99% stuff from coops and runs, with a little horse poo in there).. he kept telling me it wouldn't help, it's all clay dirt, nothing will ever grow..
So back in February, I took out as many buckets as I could fit in the back of my SUV and spent the day spreading it all over his bank..
This past Sunday I went out for Mother's Day, and his bank is covered in the prettiest green grass, one of their in laws from out of state commented about how much brighter the grass was compared to the rest of his yard and I just started laughing...
I have a converted horse stall that is my broody pen.. everyone can still see everyone, but no one but mom and dad can physically get to the babies. And everything is ground level or close (but I also use mainly Silkies as broodies and they're most comfortable low)..