Piles and piles of dry leaves already...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by debid, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Is putting them in the run for chicken exercise and mud control a good or bad idea?
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Good idea! I do that every year. A free gift from Mother Nature! [​IMG]
  3. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Boerne, TX
    GREAT idea! we put literally 2 feet of oak leaves in our run last winter and they are finally almost pulverized. The smell is almost unnoticeable, and we have a couple of inches of wonderful compost to sift out of there when we replace the leaves.
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    I never thought about leaves. I guess I have some raking to do. Thanks for sharing this idea.
  5. Hawkeye95

    Hawkeye95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:X 2!!!
  6. mestaske

    mestaske Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 14, 2011
    Southern Colorado
    Good idea. Plus if you get a good layer the bugs and worms will love to get under there and if you decide to go back and shovel next year there will be plenty of bugs for them to eat and they will love to go through all of it. Also yes, it will make good compost as long as it stays moist and there is a nice thick layer.
  7. cluckinthecity

    cluckinthecity Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 20, 2011
    Portland Oregon
    And if you don't have enough trees, it's totally okay to take the brown bags of leaves folks put out on yard debris pickup day. If anyone's around I have asked..but I've never felt bad about just grabbing, since I have then saved them $1 to $1.50 per bag that they were going to be charged extra.
    It works great.. they do the work and you benefit. [​IMG]

    Yes, my name is Pam and I'm a compost whacko. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2011
  8. hmmcc123

    hmmcc123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    University Place, WA
    I'm SO glad I read this! My girls "helped" me rake up the leaves today and I just stuffed all the leaves into two big trash bags. We just got our girls in March so we are still working on the run (yes, we are slow) so for this winter, I think I will put those collected leaves in there for them! They just loved digging in those leaves so much and I felt guilty bagging up their fun!! I have about two more bags of leaves left to fall off of the tree so I will have plenty to rake in over the winter! Then come spring I will just rake them out and add the sand. This also postpones me having to haul sand up the hill into our backyard! Yippy! One less big project before fall arrives. [​IMG]
  9. wannalive

    wannalive Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 5, 2011
    tamms/elco Illinoiis
    grass trimmings works as well
  10. cottagechick

    cottagechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2011
    Cottage Grove, Oregon
    I am south of you in Cottage Grove...do you have to do anything special...I mean someone said you should keep them damp...obviously that won't be a problem here...but can they be too wet???


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