I'm going to start putting "poo" into every blog title to get people to read more of our blog posts. I can see that this is a fool-proof plan. This is especially true if I'm the fool and a single post with "poo" in the title constitutes "proof." And, now that I have your attention, let me bring you back to the topic at hand.
Really, the topic IS at least partially about poo. Seriously. Well, ok. Since I am supposed to be a professional farmer, I should use the word "manure." If you want to sound professional and evasive at the same time, you can refer to it as "soil amendments" or "added fertility." But, since I am ALSO a person who is amused by wordplay and general silliness, we're still going to use the word "poo" just because... it's our blog and I CAN.
|Portable Poo Factories on the job.|
We have tried to include pastured poultry in our rotation as often as we are able, but this would be the first time we turned a pasture area into a growing area. Frankly, it would be nice if we had a bit more tillable space to do this more often (put things into and take them out of pasture). But, we work with what we have.
In this case, we knew we had another area that we wanted to put birds in this year and we were realizing that we need to try and get more growing space moved to the interior of the farm (because of chemical drift issues among other things). We got this idea a few years ago and purposely started putting chickens out there to build up fertility using Portable Poo Factories. After all, if they'll spread it for us AND give us eggs? Sounds like a good deal to me.
|early March 2018|
|Late March 2018|
We did find more rocks than we usually do on the farm, but things worked up pretty well. Unfortunately, the delays put us into the period of time where everything was wet. So, we ended up having to work the field before we should have and the soil structure is now a bit rough and pebbly for the season.
All I can say is that it's all good because of the poo. You're welcome and come back again soon!