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  1. myfivegirls

    Comment by 'myfivegirls' in article 'Composting With Chickens'

    I don’t have a specific order of each layer, just whatever I have on hand. I usually go by when it starts to get soggy or I’ve got a lot of food waste, then it’s time to add “brown material” - doesn’t have to be just straw. Hay, shavings & manure from the coop, leaves, wood chips. Also weeds and...
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    Comment by 'myfivegirls' in article 'Composting With Chickens'

    That sounds like a great set-up! Very similar to what Geoff Lawton did in his video, in that he made compost with his chickens, moving them every so often, creating garden beds after they moved on.
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    Comment by 'myfivegirls' in article 'Composting With Chickens'

    Yes, I saw Geoff Lawton's article & video based on what he saw at Vermont Compost Co. & scaled it down to a "backyard flock" size. I was surprised that someone so "famous" in the permaculture world had the same idea, vs when I first started, there wasn't much info on "composting with chickens".
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    Comment by 'myfivegirls' in article 'Composting With Chickens'

    @jeannedeaux - for me, I don't microwave or bake the egg shells that go into the compost. They what they want & the rest just decomposes.
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    Comment by 'myfivegirls' in article 'Myfivegirlss Page'

    Thank you! I no longer have those chickens, but I did like the looks of the Wyandottes. My flock has now grown much larger, as I've been breeding my own Catskill Homesteader Chickens since 2013. You can find more recent photos on my website & Facebook pages by searching for Paradise in Disguise...
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    Comment by 'myfivegirls' in article 'Composting With Chickens'

    I've run into the same issue with larger grocery stores afraid of being sued. I've written up a liability release form but they still said "no". But that was a few years ago, so I'm not giving up!
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    Comment by 'myfivegirls' in article 'Composting With Chickens'

    Yes, I put the bedding from the coops in the chickens' compost pile, usually covering it with more leaves, weeds or something. I don't use DE, so wouldn't know first hand.
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    Comment by 'myfivegirls' in article 'Common Rooster Myths - Clearing Up Rooster Misinformation'

    Great article, well written & right on! I have many roosters, various ages & they all get along together. I have introduced new roosters, and yes, after the initial "pecking order" challenge, all is peaceful again. I, too, couldn't imagine not having a rooster in my flock. In fact, I would be...
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    Comment by 'myfivegirls' in article 'Keeping Muscovy Ducks'

    Great summary - my experience has been the same with the Muscovy ducks. Though this year they were very late in starting to lay eggs and sit on them due to the late spring. Mine are kept in with one of the chicken flocks, and they do well, as long as there isn't any food sharing issues. They...
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    Comment by 'myfivegirls' in article 'portable predator proof poultry pen'

    Nice job! What's the dimensions?
  11. myfivegirls

    Comment by 'myfivegirls' in article 'Loopy Coop'

    What a GREAT Coop! Congrats on the Win!
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    Comment by 'myfivegirls' in article 'Encouraging Or Discouraging Broodiness In Your Hens'

    quote: kitmarlowescot2Lovely article, I was looking at some of your other pages, and was wondering will you be keeping Daisy and Alix past their prime egg laying time and avoid "retirement" so that they can can continue to raise your future meat bird or egg laying chicks ...
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    Comment by 'myfivegirls' in article 'Composting With Chickens'

    Thanks for all the great comments! I never expected to win 1st place on this article! Just to answer some of the questions or concerns ... Yes, there is a risk of botulism from the chickens eating moldy food, so just don't put moldy things in your chicken's compost pile. If they don't eat...
  14. Composting With Chickens

    Composting With Chickens

    One of the Many Benefits of Raising Chickens: Composting with Chickens Recently delivered 30 yard dumpster of hay, shavings & manure - 8-27-2011 After four months of the chickens working the compost - 12-31-2011 (this picture was taken where those trees are in the first picture)...
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    Comment by 'myfivegirls' in article 'Musings About Mistakes And Peaceful Vs Bullying Behavior'

    Good article - some great points! I like how you explain how beneficial roosters can be - I've observed some of the same things in my flock.
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    Comment by 'myfivegirls' in article 'Encouraging Or Discouraging Broodiness In Your Hens'

    wow! u've come along way baby from the 1st essay u ever wrote! expertly and interestingly written. the photos and short paragraphs encourage the reader to read on!!!
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    Comment by 'myfivegirls' in article 'Rural Rehatch'

    Great job! I love being able to recycle wood, and the stain makes it look great! There are several old barns falling down that I'd love to salvage some wood from. Most of the materials used for my coops were recycled, too.
  18. Encouraging Or Discouraging Broodiness In Your Hens

    Encouraging Or Discouraging Broodiness In Your Hens

    Encouraging or Discouraging Broodiness in Your Hens Since I started to raise chickens in August 2008, I have learned so much valuable information about raising chickens, but I still am learning something new all the time. Some of the best advice has been from this wonderful...
  19. myfivegirls

    Comment by 'myfivegirls' in article 'The Schoop'

    Incredible coop! So adorable, too!
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    Comment by 'myfivegirls' in article 'Morticia'

    Beautiful girl! She reminds me of "Dale" my EE - I think the "blonde" ones are so pretty!
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