Friday, October 31, 2008

Compost, Chickens and Walnuts

It's a beautiful day here today and I feel great. So pretty in fact that even my arthritis decided to give me a day off from it's constant nagging pain. Wish everyday could feel this good. So I have been outside playing on the farm.
Started a new compost pile today in the garden where I raise corn. I decided to make one right in the middle of the spot and then spread it all out when planting time comes in the spring. This pile is started with a good amount of cow manure then adding leaves and the mess from the chicken run and coop.

All this came from the coop, mostly old wood chips and sawdust that I put in there in the spring last year. Losts of good nitrogen in that pile of poop.
Cleaned out the chicken run too and add some hay and leaves for them to play in. Would love to let them free range but the cyote's would have all in a night. They are happy and well feed.

New material for the nesting boxes that I hope they will soon start using to lay eggs again.

Some hay on the floor of the coop.

Come on in girls and check it out. Hope it's to your liking.

I have a bunch of walnuts to get hulled out. This is the way my Great Greatmother taught me to do it. When I was around 10 or so me and my cousins decided we were gonna hull some out for her. We ofcourse used our hands and got walnut stain all over them. Our Great Grandmother in all her wisdom told us that only one thing will remove walnut stains from your hands.......Time.

So with the walnut on the ground she showed us how to take our shoe and press down on the nut and then roll your foot around a little.

The hull comes right off with very little effort and no stain on your hands.

Now, just gotta do the rest of them. I'll hang them in a onion sack in the dry until they are good and dry, they crack eaiser when they are completely dry.


Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

I like the new look on your blog!

That is the same way we get the burr off of the chestnuts - much easier than using our hands.

Happy composting :)

Amy - "Twelve Acres" said...

Looks like a lot of work! We don't have any mature black walnut trees near the house but a volunteer seedling sprouted this year behind the barn and I'm letting it grow.

Your chooks look very happy and healthy. I'm sure they'll love all that new bedding and by morning should have it arranged to their liking!

The Scavenger said...

MOH, thanks, the blog was just ready for a change I guess. Never thought about doing chestnuts that way, would be much eaiser. Wigh we had some nice chestnut tress around here.

Amy, I was work but the kind that is fun for me. I love working alone on small projects like that. You're right about the chooks, they had it all rearranged this morning. lol

Thanks for the comments,


riverwalker said...

Looks like a black lab next to the little red trailer. I have two black labs - great dogs!


Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a pleasant day! My chickens are inside most of the time, too. It's the best way to keep them alive! Gen--IL Homesteader

The Scavenger said...

Riverwalker, Smokey Bear is a black lab. He's about a year and a half now and still chews up everything in sight. lol We love him though.

Gen, Sorry to say the same about my chicken. I would love to let them run free, but it wouldn't last long.