A Better Way to Raise Chicks

| 7/1/2014 8:23:00 AM

Tags: Chickens, Raising Chicks, Haven Homestead, Innovation, Lindsay,

LindsayOne of the greatest perks to being a creative genius is that you can pretty much do anything that you like, with whatever you have, as long as it works. I like to think that my husband and I are creative geniuses. Recently we have created a chicken coop out of pallets and reclaimed tin roofing; we built a rabbit hutch out of reclaimed lumber and tin, free cages and feeders, and worm bins; and we have innovated a new way of raising store-bought chicks.

Little Black Australorp 

I want to start by saying that my husband REALLY doesn't like to clean up poop. That is why we are using worm bins under our rabbit cages. That is why we have chicken tractors and a moveable coop. We don't keep our cats indoors so we don't have to worry about a litter box (not to mention I'm allergic), and we let our dog range when it's time to do her business. They have the whole 5 acres to do their business, and unless it's on a walk way, we don't have to worry about it!

So far we've been successful in avoiding having to handle a lot of poop. Of course you have to deal with it. Poop is a part of life. But we don't have to do it very often!

When it came to getting chicks, my sweet husband devised a plan where we could use a worm bin under the baby chicks. The worms and kitchen scraps could feed the chicks, the worms would compost the chick poo, and we wouldn't have to change the chick bedding. It seemed like a real win-win.

chicks in bin

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