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September 2011 Vol. 2

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September 2011
Vol. 2

Subscriber Letters

Ruth : Hi Gina, Love the newsletter. I have a response to a lady that gives salads to her chickens, I do too, and wanted to know how else to serve it. She puts it on the ground. I save pie plates from pies that I buy and use them. It works well and they are free. I wanted to ask everyone what they put on the floor of their chicken houses? I live in Lake Tahoe, Nevada and we get alot of snow in the winter. I am building a 8x10 house for them. I'm putting linoleum on the floor but what to put on top of that, grass hay, pine shavings or??? Also, does anyone put stuff under the ladder where they sleep at night? I was thinking some kind of tray, maybe with sand in it for easy cleaning. Any ideas? Thanks, Ruth Blough

Kelie : Monique asked if anyone had an inexpensive way to keep chicken greens off the dirt. I keep an aluminum pie tin on my kitchen counter and toss in any leftovers the chickens can eat. The tins come from frozen pie shells that I use to make quiche from the wonderful eggs my hens lay. I add leftover pasta, rice, salad, sandwich crusts, corn cobs, soup noodles, you name it. Most of my food scraps go to the hens, the dog, or the compost pile, in that order. This cuts down on food waste that would otherwise go into a landfill. I put the tin of leftovers in the coop each morning and pick it up at night. The girls eat from the tin, but do scratch morsels out and into the dirt or run off with it so they don't have to share. The tins get a bit bent, but can be evened out, washed, and reused until they tear.

Ray : Hi I have built a new chook pen. It is on clay so when it rains it can get sloppy, so I have cut long weeds and placed about 50 mm thick over their run. Now when I throw on the veg scraps, no dirt. Also it makes the chooks scratch a lot as I throw some wheat among the weeds, good exercise. Ray, Western Australia

Pam : Thanks for your newsletter. I wanted to respond to Monique who needed something to feed her girls a lot of greens and didn't want to put them on the ground. We use a large plastic plant saucer to feed ours treats and greens. It's probably about 16" wide. Pam Rampmaier, Shreveport, LA.

Elaine : Like Monique, in the last newsletter, I give trimmings from the local market to my two girls I bought an old aluminium roaster from a secondhand store, and I use both top and bottom as feeders. The sides are about 2½inches high, so it makes it harder for the girls to drag the goodies out and drop them into the dirt. I try to give them an ear of fresh corn every day, at least through the summer. They love it, and they happily eat it in the roaster-container. The key is to make sure the sides are high, but not so high that the girls can't reach inside.

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