Monday, January 16, 2012
Coop Cleaning And Compost
by Callie on Monday, January 16, 2012
It is very strange...
There were definitely tunnels and some kind of critter nests
in the nest boxes
but there were no mouse or rat droppings.
Kristine thinks it might be a mole?
I hauled the straw bales out of the coop
and put them in the shed next to the bicycles.
I took all the old straw out of the next boxes
and put down a very thin layer of new straw.
I used all the old straw to line the new compost pile.
I put some straw on top to cover the soil
to help keep it from washing away in the rain.
I hope we get some rain!
The chickens had a good time
scratching up all the loose straw I dropped.
I'm only half way through cleaning out the coop.
Tomorrow, I'm going to move some things around, repair the floor,
and put up some new roosts.
I want to move out anything that a little critter can hide behind
so the chickens can see, find and catch them
for me... I don't want to set traps.
I'd much rather the chickens took care of the critter.
Kristine is right.
I had too much straw in the coop.