Chicken Food Tower

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In fact I was reading the article about the best treats for chicken, and suddenly an idea came into my mind. I have bought such hardware cloth (not sure if it is called so in English) originally for making a simple support between raised beds for beans and cucumbers. But, anyway it ends up with such a wire compost bin, but quite high, 1.2m.

I cleaned the run and put the mixture of soil, poo, whatever they scratched and left on the ground together, added the grass seeds then piled them up.

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mixed grass seeds with whatever they scratched and left before adding them in the compost tower
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Then, well, i have really a lot of vegetable seeds, i means, why not push this idea a bit further?
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radish, coriander, different kind of brassica family veggies, carrots, herbs...
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pea - they should not directly eat raw beans, i know, but the leaves and flowers, tendrils will be nice! (i can accept only pea pods left for us, haha)
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Well, can't wait to keep developing this idea forward!
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Did anyone try similar ideas? It would be great for hearing your experience. I believe it can provide them both food and fun :D

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okay, i do keep working on it, many ideas, also find some old stuffs and give them new purposes, first, the roosting bar (it's something from previous house owner, i guess it's a part of broom?) The towers are quite stable as the materials inside is quite a lot and wet

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Then, added a roof (which is originally used last year for a temporary protection for tomatoes, but now we have a greenhouse.
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okay, veggies and grass planted, and girls have now a place to hang out when it rains :D, and leads the rain water going to the planting towers at two sides.
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I will keep updating this one, really excited! Earlier this year I mixed wild flower seeds with compost and created several wild flower boarders, which are awesome. Now I can't wait to see how a food tower can look like!
 
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This looks like a great idea! I might have to try something like this for my garden next year. I'm curious what grows best in there. A bush-bean tower would be neat.
Yes, but you might not want them eat the raw beans. I will make totally 8 of them, and besides what I already planted, i might add some grapes and berries too.
 
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I suspect some of those seeds (corn, for instance) won't do well in that structure or might crowd others out, but definitely curious as to how it works out. The coriander/cilantro should do well on top, the brassicas will be hit or miss in my experience - but definitely interested in the climbing/trailing options. Oh, if you can get it cheap, would you try fenugreek??? In appearance, it looks a lot like coriander as it grows, but its one of the few good plant sources for lysine, so if the tower is a good way of growing it, I'd definitely do something like this on my property.
 

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