Tj Jefferson wrote:I tried feeding the chickens fish parts, but they wouldn't eat them and it drew in vultures, like into th chicken pen. I tried making a solar cooker to cook them and it worked, but they still wouldn't eat it. I think they would if it was all cut up, but I ended up just putting it int the compost and letting them dig the compost up. I've tried with deer carcasses too. I had chickens that were pretty carnivorous, this bunch is not!
My big winner for chicken fodder is goumi berries. I sun dried a bunch on the driveway and they worked out great. I should be able to generate a hundred kilos per year in a week or so per summer. I can pick about ten pounds or five kilos an hour and have them laid out on the driveway, so a couple days spent for most of the chickens feed requirements over our brief winter, stored in hung burlap bags (actually old grass seed bags with excellent ventilation). They dry in a couple days in the sun. It is on a very slight slope, so even though we had rain one of the days they still dried out fine. It did look ridiculous and I need to make sure they dont get driven over. I am still looking for calories for them over the winter but the protein was a major issue last winter.
My winter calorie search continues. I am doing sorghum sunflower and millet this year. and plan to leave some standing and see if that will last.
john mcginnis wrote:
Leslie Russell wrote: That stuff is a lifesaver around here. So far so good!
Oh, and I had to attach the new roof with the old one there at the peak. I thought I had it but when I saw it from the house I saw that hump... it only makes me crazy once in awhile 🙄
For a Coop that's pretty nice. What do you have under the tin? Metal roofs radiate heat too well and you don't want to cook your birds. Go the extra step and add a gutter at the lower end and catch all that run off and feed it to the birds.
Dawna Janda wrote:
Leslie Russell wrote:I have so much wood around here that I could use if only I had a chipper. Does anyone have one or used one? Are they difficult to use and how dangerous are they?
Howdy neighbor! Since the wood chips usually decompose fairly quickly here and the chop and drop became too tedious for my carpal tunnel hands, I decided I wanted a wood chipper. So, for my birthday present last year my husband purchased a PowerSmart Electric Chipper (model PS10). (He's a keeper for certain.) It can handle branches up to 1 5/8" across which is all we need. I chop up banana leaves in it too. I use eye and ear protection. Anything larger than 1 5/8" I use for path markers in my food forest, or save for my raised bed Hugelkultur. I also will lay short logs in my food forest to decompose and give shelter to the soil dwelling critters.
Dawna Janda wrote:I use cardboard and newspaper as that is what I have access to. On top of that, it's 8 to 12 inches of wood chips. In central Florida (semi-tropical), it takes a few months for the cardboard to break down and the grasses and dollar weed to start peeking through. When I first started sheet mulching, I thought Geoff Lawton's recommendations of how thick to sheet mulch were a bit much.....but now I know better...LOL....Geoff is right. It keeps things at bay for a longer period of time.
Denise Kersting wrote:That's a great resource! Here's another one that some cities use, https://solutions.recyclecoach.com/. My city has signed up with them so the app works in my area, but not all cities are connected with them.