Coop Cleaning

Here in New England, the middle of January, and this weekend was 52 degrees F (16 C) for a high.  It was so nice I decided to clean the run and coop because it isn’t frozen solid.  I start by shoveling out the run, this took 3 trips with the wheelbarrow over to the compost pile.  Then I scrap out the shavings and poop in the coop and spread them in the run.

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run with coop shavings

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scrapped out coop

I then spread the shaving from the nesting boxes into the coop, refill the nesting boxes and add more shavings to the coop.  I will add more shavings to the coop as needed to cover the poop and keep it dry.  I’m hoping this will get me through till spring.

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cleaned nesting boxes

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coop with clean shavings, board at door to keep shaving in

The run then gets a layer of fall leaves, about 5 to 6 inches.  The ladies (and Jack) will scratch this up and turn it into almost ready compost for my garden.  If they could handle the wheelbarrow they  could help out even more.

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some of the ladies checking out my work

The ladies (and Jack) are liking this weather, the snow is just about gone and they are roaming into the woods again.  They even found a couple of small frogs that they played keep-a-way with before  enjoying them for lunch.

I find it hard to get a good picture of Jack, he’s always moving his head, but I did get this one this weekend.

Jack on the deck

Jack on the deck

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