Lazy man's coop & run maintenance and composting

By jreardon1918 · Oct 12, 2019 ·
  1. jreardon1918
    I use a pretty lazy method of cleaning and composting. The runs, both covered and uncovered get the same treatment. I dump cut grass, leaves, yard waste, scooped poops from the poop boards & table scraps into the covered and uncovered run. I do this whenever I have new material. Just bought some straw for Halloween decoration. When in early November the straw and pumpkins and gords will get added to the runs. Last year the uncovered portion got all of our leaves and a neighbor's. They were piled 2-3 feet high in a huge pile. That process will be repeated soon. The chicks gobble up the scraps and constantly turn everything else. Today is the fall coop clean out. So all the pine shavings, poops and molted feathers will be dumped in the runs I will also cut the lawn when the rain stops, which will add green grass, leaves and pine needles. In the coming weeks more leaves. By this time next year, the runs will look pretty much like they do now. Rich compost to be taken to add to gardens. Below are some pictures that show the coop and run before and after cleaning. There are also a few pictures of the poop boards, my method to fill the 5 gallon bucket. Just a gallon pitcher to top off every couple days. There is also a picture of the combo grit and oyster shell feeder, it too got topped off today,

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  1. BReeder!
    "easy peezy!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Oct 18, 2019
    I have a similar method of piling things in the run. I don't add bedding and poop to the run though, just grass clippings, leaves and other yard waste (weeds, garden trimmings, etc.). I have compost bins for the poop and bedding along as well as some of the other yard waste that I add there instead of the run. When you clean out the run to add compost to the garden or other plants do you pile it first for a few weeks or even months to cook off the excess nitrogen?
    1. jreardon1918
      I will be wrapping up the vegetable garden soon. It is a raised bed and I will be adding a layer this fall. I will just put a heavy layer of compost including new chicken poops. Then cover it all with straw from the Halloween decorations. By the spring the garden will be ready for plants. So no, I don't move out of the run to a mid station pile. So far vegetables and plants have thrived.
  2. N F C
    "Coop & Run Composting"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Oct 12, 2019
    Nice to get some added use out of leaves, straw, lawn clippings, etc. Your garden must look good!
  3. MROO
    "Easy-Peasy Compost!"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Oct 12, 2019
    This is my kinda DIY! Easy, inexpensive and not too far away to haul the bedding. Now if we could only just make it easier to haul away the compost ...
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