So I decided to start off by addressing our food waste problem. Earlier this year I got rid of our chickens and coop, because I had a Bulldog that was attacking my laying hens. In addition I realized that I really picked a poor design for my first coop. In the cold winters of Wisconsin, it was next to impossible to clean. So I gave away my girls and my coop to a good friend who isn’t just a “chicken lady”, but a “chicken dutchess” and would add my girls to her mix. My small coop became a brooder for her as she raises for both eggs and meat.
Fast forward and we ultimately came to conclusion that not only are we not really indoor animal people (especially me in that we), but also this bulldog had come into my life my world had gotten turned upside down. It felt like I had received a dart from the devil, in the form of a cute smooshed face. Too long to really go into all the details, because this post was supposed to be about a compost bin, but ultimately we were able to find her the right home shortly before Thanksgiving. A true bulldog family and she even had a big bulldog brother. All’s well that ends well.
Now I no longer had chickens though and no longer had a coop, and began to realize how much I hated throwing away our leftovers. Chickens are omnivores and if we are eating it, they can pretty much eat it too, which keeps our food waste out of dump and turns into into yummy fresh eggs and not so yummy, but wonderfully useful in the garden chicken poop.
I knew my next coop would be either a tractor coop or a walk in coop, so that I didn’t have to deal with being on my hands and knees trying to clean this gorgeous, well built, but not necessarily pragmatically designed coop.
So until I come full circle back to finding the coop of my dreams that is also affordable, I have started a compost bin in my kitchen. It’s too cold outside to classically compost, and I have yet to get onboard or have supplies for vermi-composting, (I am not sure how I really feel about having worms in my house…remember I am an outdoor animal person), but this is a good start. It felt good to scrape the plates into the garbage and as always it’s eye opening. Another little plug for chickens versus classical composting is that they can eat meat, which is something you really don’t want to add into your normal compost process. It’s cold, but I am McMurray Hatchery dreaming on such a winter’s day.
We’ve been trying to support our local humane organic farm this winter, but the eggs don’t always stay in stock in our little Piggly Wiggly. When I sent hubby to store for groceries, he brought home cage free organic eggs, but they were double wrapped in thick plastic. Not such a great start to zero waste. Yet another plug for chickens. 🙂 If I had my chickens back, I wouldn’t be buying double wrapped in plastic eggs that are probably a month old and paying $5 a dozen each.
Okay, so this post ended up being more of selling you on why I am getting chickens instead of compost, but it’s the thought process, right? Right.