Leaf Piles

With the goats set up for a winter, and the freezing weather on it’s way, we turned our attention to the chickens today. Their original bedding was straw, thick stacks of it put in in March. But a years worth of chicken scratching, and the bedding was more dirt than straw.

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The fallen leaves froze along with the dew this morning – winter is on it’s way!

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We scrapped out the last of the original bedding, and swept the floor clean.

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Then we hauled huge loads of maple leaves down from the trees by the shop, and filed the coop up 3′ high with leaves.

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The chickens were a little weirded out by the leaves at first, the ground shifted so much beneath them! ¬†But soon they’ll get the bedding flattened out, and in spring, we’ll have new mulch to add to the garden!