As some of you may know, I’ve been keeping our chicken flock in a lean-to off my woodshop for the past three years. It was meant to be a temporary solution, but three years suddenly went by, and they were still in there. My shop always smelled like chickens and my roosters made for quite the soundtrack in all my woodshop videos. I’m very happy to say the birds have an awesome new space of their own, which means another super awesome thing: The lean-to off my shop can now be turned into a blacksmithing shop! Some awesome benefits of this new Growing Back To Eden style chicken coop are that it’s very low maintenance cleaning-wise, and that the chickens now have an important “job” on the farm: Stirring our compost pile. A single bird can move several yards of compost per day, and if you know anything about composting, you know how important it is to keep the pile turning. Enter: chickens, and a whole lot less time spent with a pitchfork in my hand. The compost also generates heat, which will help the chickens throughout the winter.
This is a fairly open coop design, and wouldn’t be ideal in a high predator population area, but thanks to our amazing flock watchdogs, the alpacas and donkeys, we haven’t lost a single bird to a predator in over two years.
Check out the build videos below!