Speaking of compost, Paul made me a different composting bin out of some wood pallets we acquired from a friend. The one I originally made was made out of cattle panels & some boards, but it didn’t have a front so the chickens were constantly “aerating” it for me. In other words, making a total mess out of it. The chickens won’t be able to scratch around in this one, though I have found a few of them have made it up to the top. But at least the stuff will stay inside the bin.
One side is already filled and I’m not even half way finished with mucking out the goat area. Even though it’s winter, it should have a good start as there is plenty of goat / chicken poop stomped in with the hay. I think we’re going to have to make an additional larger pile somewhere farther out – away from the chickens. There is so much stuff that can be composted around here if we just set up an area for it to cook. We haven’t even started raking the leaves and during the summer months I’d like to start bagging up the grass from the mower & put that in the compost heap. I’m also going to call a few of the local lawn care & tree service companies in town to see if they want to dump their yard waste at our place. I called the local stables last year to see what they did with their used stall shavings / manure and they told me they charge by the pickup load. Charge??? I don’t think so. If it were free I’d probably go pick some up once in a while, but the heak if I was going to pay THEM for me to haul off their poop. Goodness knows we’ve got enough poop around here (although any avid composter will tell you that there is never enough poop). How many times can I type the word “poop” in one paragraph?