Applying Permaculture Principles having the compost bin under the rabbit hutch allows for the droppings to fall directly into the pit. Having the compost bin in the chicken run also allows for easier cleaning of the coop and less traveling to compost the manure and top layer of straw from the deep litter. It also allows the girls to forage through the compost pile for worms, bugs and veggie scraps.
Unfortunately, on Friday after moving the girls into the coop, a major weakness was revealed when two of Courtney's dogs got into the coop and we lost 3 of the hens, one I had to end it's suffering. Since I caught them in the act when I heard the squawking, they were severely reprimanded and they learned not to go near the coop. They had knocked over the sheet of plywood covering the entrance to the run and pried up the corner of the coop door. Saturday, I took one of the frozen carcasses and put it in front of the offenders and they tucked their tails without me saying a word.
On Friday, I got the call I had been waiting for from the Post Office! My order of 50 pullets from Ideal Poultry in Texas arrived. We picked up the batch of 53 pullets and upon arriving home discovered one had died in transit. We quickly set up a brooder box in the shed where the hens had been, dipped their beaks in water and the feed and let them get acclimated after checking for Pasty Butt, signs of broken wings or legs. We were extremely happy to see them all in good health despite tight quarters and our high temps.
We don't expect things to slow down for a couple of weeks as the pullets require attention a couple of times a day, we still have to remove the orange tree suckers which are now large enough to root, finish the run, the raised beds in the front yard and our "day jobs" which we aren't quitting.
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