Geek-Out-Worthy Thing the First: Have I mentioned lately how awesome it is to have someone around who not only has a ton of construction-type tools, but who also has the interest and know-how to use them? Yesterday, Chris leveled the composter that he built with his own two hands, and today he whipped up a new dust bathing box for the chickens.
Since I am good at encouragement and manual labor, my job was to lend encouragement, rake/cut up sticks/consolidate compost piles, and rake out/freshen up the chicken coop and run.
- University of Wisconsin Extension – He used these plans the most, but he got some good ideas from the pictures included in all of the other plans: http://www4.uwm.edu/shwec/composter/resources/Wood%203-Bin%20Compost%20Unit.pdf
- Iowa State Extension – These also include a nice primer on composting: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM683.pdf
- Seattle Tilth: http://seattletilth.org/learn/resources-1/compost/woodwire3bin.pdf
- Bin Raised Off the Ground – This one gave him the idea of putting screws into the bottom of each front slat to provide more ventilation: http://backyardfeast.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/how-to-build-the-ultimate-compost-bin/
Geek-Out-Worthy Thing the Second: HAVING CHICKENS WHO ARE ACTUALLY LAYING EGGS/ARE ABOUT TO GET STARTED! Dino Puppy has given us four eggs since 11/20. Boo is now expressing an interest in the nesting box, and her comb has grown exponentially over the last 1.5 months (not to mention in the last week alone!).
Compare: November 18.
November 25. Maybe not as impressive from the side…
But look at that comb! It has officially become a combover and is flopping and wobbling all over the dang place. Go, Boo, go!