Julia Winter wrote:I went to the Aprovecho video gallery and found this video:
Some of it is making your own firebricks, but that requires a kiln. It's probably easier to find a few firebricks.
Todd Parr wrote:I've been thinking of making a kind of box inside my chicken run, say a foot wide and eight feet or so long maybe 8"-12" deep, and putting compost a few inches deep and planting my excess seeds in it. Then I could cover the box with chicken wire and the chickens could eat the plants as they grow up thru the wire. Like Tyler, I don't generate enough compost to feed my 30+ chickens and I'm trying to cut the feed bill, at least during the summer months.
Tyler Ludens wrote:So I'm going to consider this experiment finished. I think the Chickens on Compost concept has merit, but my system is not yet robust enough to provide sufficient compost ingredients for more than about 3 chickens. Because so many of my chickens are growing youngsters, I don't want to risk stunting or even killing them by insisting they survive on depleted compost heaps. So I will be going back to the usual feed of oats and sunflower seeds plus garden scraps. The 4 Orpingtons who survived the snake attack are now in a paddock shift setup, but they will also be getting regular seeds.
I think a very robust permaculture system could provide all the feed for chickens using a combination of paddock shift compost heaps, BSF larvae, and homegrown seeds, but mine is a long way from that point. I think it would be interesting to see just how many chickens could be raised in this way. I think enough hens to provide a small household with daily eggs would be a modest goal. Raising enough chickens this way to have market eggs or meat birds would require a very robust system.