Poultry Powered Compost Conveyor -P2C2

Alright, this is a video of what I call the
P2C2. The Poultry Powered Compost Conveyor. Uh. That’s my chicken coop. And, we’ll take
a look inside here. Some of the ladies are hanging out. No eggs yet, but… I’ve got
a couple of nest boxes over there. They like to perch up high, so I’ve got lots of perch
space up there. It’s kind of hard to see but… we’ve got the stringers here, they perch there
a lot as well. Hi lady! So what I do is I put some straw, some field grass actually,
local grass that I cut from the backyard as their bedding every week. And then, I build
them a compost pile. Uh, this compost pile was built this morning. Last step is I’ve
gotta go to a local farm stand where I get some veggies, and I throw some interesting
stuff in there so they wanna go up there. This is all brand new, I just bought this
yesterday, it’ll hold it in place while they scratch through it, whereas normally they
scratch it down to a very low pile and it doesn’t compost very well. (Sorry for the
road noise.) This is a chicken ladder that I made to make it easier for them to get up
there, just bamboo tied together with some sisal twine, pretty easy. They haven’t used
it yet, so I don’t know if it’ll work, but hopefully. That’s Stryker, he’s one of my
roosters. He’s actually probably going to be dinner tomorrow because he’s not very nice
to the hens, so we’ll probably end up eating him. Here’s one of my piles, this pile is
one week old, chickens have been picking through it and eating stuff and scratching it up for
me for a week. They’re already interested in it again, I just repiled it. This pile
is two weeks old now, more interesting, less chunky, much more scratched up, bugs in it.
Chickens are getting a lot of feed, actually out of these piles, lots of bugs, lots of
good veggie scraps that I bring in. This pile is three weeks old. It’s lost a little volume,
you can tell, compared to this guy or that guy. They all started out about that volume
over there but, they gas off a little bit, that’s fine, that’s normal for compost. And
then finally after a is four weeks old, this pile is three weeks old I think I said, four
week old pile (let me get a better angle), four week old pile goes outside of the fence
and it just sits there as a pile for another week or two and let it compost in the final
stage here. The chickens can’t scratch it down so it’ll stay piled up, so basically
from the beginning, it’s gonna sit in here for a week, it’s gonna get some good hot compost
action going. And then the cage comes off of it and the birds can just scratch around
on the pile as they want to, and they do that for three more weeks, and then at the end
of the fourth week the pile’s gonna go outside of the fence. This fence will just keep on
caterpillaring down the front yard until I run out of space. Actually, I need to put
the chickens in the food forest to get them prepping some ground for swales for me. It’s
just a field right now, but it’s gonna be a food forest. Here’s my other rooster, Duke.
He’s a real pretty guy. I probably won’t be able to get him to stand still, but let’s
see. Alright, so that is my Poultry Powered Compost Conveyor, the P2C2. I hope you guys
might’ve learned something. If you have any questions on it, then please feel free to
leave a comment or email me, or however you want to get in touch with me. Thanks for watching!

29 thoughts on “Poultry Powered Compost Conveyor -P2C2

  1. Nature snaps back after storm damage or floods or fires with vigor. Joel Salatin does things with that thought in mind on his Polyface Farm. He's on youtube and easy to find.

  2. What do you put into the compost pile? Is it just brown material? Also, where do you look to get food scraps for the chickens?

  3. Hi Kyle, thanks for sharing this. The P2C2 looks amazing! Do you have any drawings/plans of the mobile coop? I'm thinking of building one myself.

  4. I thinking of doing the same thing. How much do you feed the chickens "the normal way", i.e grain, beside the composting system?

  5. if you raise the sides of the composter you can get more in there. it will create more heat and you'll have a better finished product.

  6. That seems a low fence for a chickens, do they ever fly/jump out? Also, with no roof, do you have a problem with birds of prey?

  7. Well done how often do you have to water it down in your dry season, best wishes. CRAIG HAWKINS – ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA.

  8. Its Not Geoff Lawton, but Karl Hammer from Vermont Compost who have been working with this system. Very nice work there bro.

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