Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

Farming with ducks and dairy goats, chickens and children.

Livestock Rotation.

Posted on | February 13, 2017 | 2 Comments

Let’s say your garden needs some new layers of compost in preparation for spring and summer crops.  Ideally, this compost comes from the barnyard, where manure has been mellowing for months.   It’s just waiting for someone to haul it to the garden.

In addition to being a great opportunity for  a 4 hour Shoulder, Back, and Leg Day workout, this is an excellent time to rotate your livestock.

Here how it’s done properly.

1.  At the very first shovelful, the chickens arrive to grab worms, grubs, and grain tidbits.

2.  With the first layer of leaf debris removed and soil chunks broken up by scratching chickens, the sheep and goats move in to scarf up exposed roots and acorns.

3.  When a large enough area has been excavated and cleaned up by the chickens and the goats and sheep, the Great Pyrs move in for a nice, cool nap in the dirt.

If done correctly, you will now have 2 raised beds full of compost and all of your livestock rotated.  So you can now crawl into the house for chocolate and glucosamine.

Only 7 raised beds left to go…..


2 Responses to “Livestock Rotation.”

  1. peggy ruske
    February 14th, 2017 @ 8:24 am

    Did you ever wish that Great Pyranese (can’t spell) came in brown? Chris is working the old chicken yard with a bulldozer and the 2 remaining roosters have run for cover!

  2. carolyn christman
    February 15th, 2017 @ 5:45 am

    There is a reason that livestock, birds, and poultry have legs — so that they can walk around and help out!

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