Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A "CHICKEN KEEPING" TIP

Because everyone has been offering me such wonderful tips in regards to my prior post, I thought I would offer one of mine. Now, if you are a "chicken keeper" or potential "keeper" this tip just might come in handy. Here goes: I till my "girls" chicken yard! Yup, it's true. When conditions become rather shall I say "ripe" I get out the tiller. Now I have to be honest and admit this tiller belongs to my mother, my sweet mother (who was Martha Stewart, before there was a Martha Stewart) loaned it to me for the purpose of tilling up my flower gardens. Well, I completed that task and then had the "bird brain" idea of tilling up the chicken yard.
This is a Troy Built "Mantis". It is small, compact and one sweet little machine. Every two weeks or when conditions warrant I till up the girl's yard. Not only does the odor disperse, unmentionables get tilled under, and the "girls" now have fresh earth to bath in! Happy chickens make a happy chicken keeper. The girls and I also want to properly thank "Nanny" for the loan of her Mantis.
In regards to the giveaway, friends and family (EVE) (MOM) are encouraged to participate. Offer me a tip (I need all the tips I can get.) One area I certainly need help in is photography. (Which I neglected to put on my list.) So Eve, Sharon, RR, Becky, Dani, Jenny and all the rest of you wonderful photographers help this girl out, will you? Us girls need to stick together, just ask Gladys!

12 comments:

Farm Girl said...

I am so glad you offered that tip!! I rake my pens and take it bucket by bucket out in the pasture. It takes my so long to lug the buckets of manure out there. I will just grab the mantis and tackle that, I know my girls would love fresh tilled pens.

Jenny said...

Hi Julie, well my tip on photography is don't be afraid to experiment with settings (the joy of digital is the delete button!!!)and don't be afraid to take inspiration from other photogaphers (I've been inspired and discovered new ways to look at things when I go out through looking at Evie's, Steve's (shooting my universe), Debi's (Giraffe head Tree) and Pix's blogs particularly.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Oh dear oh dear oh dear...I *really* like this tip. I've been thinking and rethinking how I was going to dig under and level my girls' chicken yard - it's packed and uneven and a little smelly - I was dreading laboring over this with my shovel and rake. I *never* would have thought of our tiller! You are such a clever girl.
((Mwah!)) <-- that's a big kiss from me in oregon. lol

Pondside said...

What a good idea!...and of course at some point you'll want to dig some of that wonderfully fertilized dirt and put in on your flower beds!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Pure Genius! I've used my 25+ y/o troy bilt for a lot of.. shall we say "different" .. things thru the years, but never thought about tilling up the chicken yard. Thank you!! -Tammy

Gail said...

I didn't even think about that as a tip. I till, remove to feed flowers or plants and let the golden additive add up again.

A creep feeder can be made for chickens by cutting a hole in the lower end of a metal barrell leaving the top so you can open and add feed. A square wooden addition is made around the bottom of the barrel, instant food bowl. The trick is not to make the wooden tray so large that the chickens can scratch out the feed.

Kim said...

OK, since my last tip was a little tongue-in-cheek, here is a real one. I'm glad you added photography! Don't immediately delete your "bad" photos. They are a wonderful opportunity to play around with your photo editing programs without risking ruining a good pic. Experimenting is a great way to learn. And sometimes a cropped section of a non-perfect pic can be wonderful surprise.
Kim

Rural Rambler said...

Julie, well you know I don't have any chickens but I'll keep your tip tucked away just in case. I do have a picture takin' tip, but all the real photographers will probably kill me. I took that dang neck strap off of there so I could move around in all kinds of positions and crawl around on the ground. That neck strap gave me awful neck strain and a headache! Made me dizzy too! I think I was just too tense :) And I was getting alot of shots of my camera strap.

chook said...

i have that tiller--love it! what a great idea for mulching in the poop.

miss Potter, said...

Wow, constructions in progress ... As much as I'd like to visit your country, I love the style of your home ... and your hens ... I have an idea, I come from you cure the hen house ;)

Sandy

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

coming by to say HI and then i find all this wonderfullness....chicken talk....

i wanted to get chickens this spring...didn't work out. maybe next spring

so good to stop by and visit with you today....

i have missed you...

kary and teddy
xxx

Missouri Gal Nicole said...

What a great idea. I need to buy one of those and get my chicken coop going!