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Today I moved the composted leaves, chicken poop and coffee grounds out of the chicken greenhouse and over to the garden to finish cooking for a month.  The big pile of leaves turned into about 4 cubic yards of compost.  Yay!

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I'm still working on building my chicken winter run. So far, the base of concrete blocks is built, the North wall is up, I scored free doors and windows that I have to refurbish and making good progress on that. Today, I'm hopeful to install the hoops. I have a height problem and I may have to do a double wall on the East because the hoops will not clear the edge of the coop's roof. I had to bust the base to drop the door to ground level
Looks like I have 2 hens brooding but they are confused as to which box they were brooding in: The brood in one for 4-5 days, then switch to another... and another. I can't keep them straight. If the run was built, I might arrange a spot just for them, within view of the others but separated so I'm rushing. That pile of good compost is impressive, Mike!
 
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Great set up mike, next winter I will definitely have a compost coop set up. It just makes too much sense not to.
 
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Thanks Rob!  Now I need to figure out a way to use the compost heat to provide a bit of warmth to the coop...
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:Thanks Rob!  Now I need to figure out a way to use the compost heat to provide a bit of warmth to the coop...



This year, we had here an early frost, cold weather and then wet weather that ruined my plans to pack the winter chicken greenhouse run with leaves. I will have to rely on a transparent film and sunshine to give them some heat. I also have a couple bales of straw that got wet. On the north wall, I am considering stretching a black tarp that would act as a heat sink. It would also be a film to prevent the wood from rotting if I were to place enough compost against it.
I have to clean the coop today. That would also help but I'm not too keen on tossing food over their own litter.
 
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