Guest Post: Dan (Part 9)

Last week we where in the 90s and this week so far has been in the low 80s and that is so much nicer to work in.  Short lived though since we are due to climb back into the 90s tomorrow for the foreseeable future.  I don’t work much past noon when the temps are in the 90s.

We haven’t even gotten the coop done and already other predators have shown their presence around our yard.  As you can tell by the photo below we’ve had a huge snake and some kind of predatory bird in the yard.

Last week I did manage to get most of the side chicken yard done.  We have two compost bins on either end.   One bin has a hinged opening so we can add to the mulch without having to enter the yard.  We can use the two bins to turn the mulch from one to the other.  The yard is tall enough so I can work inside it without having to stoop over.


I still need to chicken wire the compost bins before that side is completely done.  I used old pallets to create the compost bins.  On the inside I built it so all I have to do is add more slats as the bins fill up.

 I started cleaning out the shed this week.  What a mess.  We filled the back of the Jeep Cherokee up with stuff for the Salvation Army.  We have to make another trip to the dump when I’m done cleaning.  We had almost a cord of driftwood from the beach that has been cut up and placed in our wood stacks.  Now we need to figure out what to do with all the seashells we have.  Maybe make a little garden area near the Koi Pond?

I still have a couple of days work to do cleaning the shed since I have to relocate a row of kitchen cupboards which means I have to take everything out of it.  Also I have a ton of tools in the shed that need reorganizing.  Once that is all done I’ll be able to get to actually building the coop.


Dan Shaw, future chicken farmer and entrepreneur. 

For related articles see:

Dan: Part 8

Dan: Part 7

Dan: Part 6

Dan: Part 5

Dan:Part 4

Dan:Part 3

Dan:Part 2

Dan:Part  1

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4 Responses to Guest Post: Dan (Part 9)

  1. Cylly says:

    Great compost bins! When I open the door from their pen out into the yard, my peeps make a beeline for the compost bin to see what goodies they can scrounge. Your chickens won’t even have to go that far. And their fertilizer won’t have to be transported far to compost either. Fantastic plan!

    • Dan says:

      Thank you. Since we wanted composting bins and we read that chickens love to scratch through them looking for food scraps and bugs it just came naturally to incorporate the two.

  2. glorylennon says:

    This is s case of the ten things you have to do before you do the thing you WANT to do. Happens every time there’s a project planned…for Tom anyway. You’ll get there though…eventually. 🙂

  3. Laura says:

    You prolly won’t even have to turn the compost with the chicks digging in it! Looks great.

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