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1 degree chicken compost system update.

 
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We had the coldest night of the winter for us last night and thought it would be good to share how our chicken composting system is performing after -3F temps and 1F in the morning...  Would be great to hear opinions on all this!

 
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Beautiful chickens - and plump!
 
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Very cool Sean.  Or shall I say, still warm.

Making the girls work for their keep all winter seems to be a great way to keep them healthy and active and strong.  A scratching, hunting, pecking and foraging bird is a happy bird.  They looked like they were moving a bit slower, but they certainly look healthy.

Thanks for your informative videos.  I steal so many of your ideas!
 
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Nothing to steal...  All these ideas just exist out in the world, floating around, for people to grab and make their own, connect together to make new, and twist and shift to what they need.  I love not having anything be 'my idea' !!!
 
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Aren't Australorps wonderful? We have a mixed flock with an Australorp and a Rhode Island Red. Not only are they nice birds, at about 8 years old they're still good layers, and they don't look old. I need to look into using compost. They have to stay locked up because of predators.😢 Every time we let them free range, we lose some. We even tried letting them free range only part of the day. Lost 2 hens. Thank goodness there's another way. I agree with you, happy chickens stay healthier and produce better.
 
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