Chicken Compost - Dealing with a 'Problem'
I'm currently dealing with a 'problem' with our chicken composting operation in that our chickens are generating more compost than I know what to do with in the winter months. I have taken out 40+ loads of compost in the last week, roughly equivalent to 11 cubic yards or so of high quality compost.
I was getting back logged in the amount of compost needing to exit the system since we've been adding truckloads of woodchips, leaves, and raw organic food scraps at the incoming end.
This video is about reflecting back on how I got into this 'problem' in the first place through permaculture driven design and evolution of a system. It feels important to be transparent that there was no key design made at the outset that brought us here, we are where we are because of interacting with the system (observe and interact), focusing on simple goals and getting started (start where you are), not investing huge amounts in new materials or feed, etc. (value the marginal) and letting the system evolve into itself (use the slow and small solutions).
Permaculture ethics and principles are incredibly legit. We are now facing an ever increasing problem of larger volumes of high quality compost coming out of a system that is costing us less money and creating more eggs and meat as we add more birds. Yay!
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