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So things didn’t work out down here for various reasons. Now I’m moving in to a place near Portland that I’ll be free to homestead on, but is a small suburban lot. Conveniently however it is unincorporated! So I can keep my rooster and chicken breeding plan in motion. Also there is a lot of foot traffic and I’m thinking I want to sell my excess farm stand style seasonally. There are aged pear, plum, and apple trees on the lot.

So here is a rough draft of my current game plan.

Get free woodchip deliveries (very reliable)

Use wood chips to grow a variety of mushrooms (I’m very good at getting spawn to make more)

Use spent spawn to feed chickens/ as bedding/ worm food (not something I’ve done yet, but the chickens love mycelium in woodchip bedding)

Use bedding that gets cleaned out of chicken run to make a finishing compost pile. At this point I’ll add all the yard trimmings I want composted but not with chickens. After a while I’ll move this pile to the next stage

Cooling pile. At this point I’m not adding new material I’m setting this in the shade to cool off for several months to a year.

After the cooling pile I want one last compost pile. (I might have a problem.) This is where I will inoculate the pile with blewit spawn. Before sending it to the garden as mulch!

So who wants to punch holes in my logic.
 
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Your plan is sound but I do want to point out that mycelium can be used to start new mushroom beds simply by dividing it and placing the bits into new material.
Feeding the spent mycelium to chickens is fine but My chooks seem to love the actual fruits (mushrooms).
I say that because their forage area is full of mycelium but they know where the mushrooms come up after a rain and they barely scratch those spots.

Our chickens really prefer the grasshoppers, crickets and all the other bugs (beetles, etc.) that they can rustle up in the foraging area.
They also get fresh greens and when the grocery store has toss outs, we get to give them melons (all kinds), strawberries, apples and plums plus any vegetables that they will eat.
We keep a feeder in the coop but they might take 2 months to eat the 1 gallon that feeder holds. We also have a waterer in the coop which they seem to drink from during the nights since we have to refill it about 2 times a month.

Might I suggest you give the chooks half of the "spent mycelium" and re seed with the other half. That way you are getting more mushrooms for sale and the chooks get their treat.

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Yes thanks! I was actually already planning on that since it is how I keep my runs alive. I currently have winecap and shiitake, but I’m going to be buying 2 different oyster strains.
 
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