Rotational Grazing, Space-Farm Style…

Here on our little postage stamp of land, we practice our own version of rotational grazing. It goes something like this:

  • First, you let the chickens loose. They eat lots of weedy grass and worms and hay and, sometimes, the perennials just starting  to come back from a long winter.
  • The chickens poop. Everywhere. Seriously, I keep walking into the backyard barefoot, and I don’t know what my problem is. Landmines, I tell you. LANDMINES.
  • Then, you let Birdie the dog loose. Birdie eats the taller grasses, as well as the poops. We call them “lawn snacks.” Then Birdie poops.
  • And… repeat the above process.

Eat your heart out, Joel Salatin!

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6 thoughts on “Rotational Grazing, Space-Farm Style…

    • Dog and cat poo is not safe for the regular compost pile, so it goes in the garbage unfortunately. I really hate doing this, however, and your question is prompting me to seek a better alternative.

      Apparently you can buy or make a mini septic system for pet waste. You bury most of it and use some sort of enzyme that helps with decomposition.

      http://www.compostinstructions.com/poop-or-no-poop/

  1. Hurrah! My two idiot dogs aren’t the only ones who enjoy eating “lawn snacks.” Weird as it sounds, I’m relieved to hear that another dog does this, too.

    • Birdie gets all worked up when the chickens are out in the yard. At first, I thought it was just because she wanted to be out there with them/eat them… but now I’m beginning to wonder if it isn’t that she’s getting super excited about the lawn snacks. She has such a sense of purpose after we put the chickens away and let her loose!

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