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I'm a stay-at-home mom learning about all manners of the self-sufficient lifestyle: vegetable and fruit gardening, pest control (especially slugs) keeping livestock (chickens, goats, ducks, rabbits), parenting, inexpensive and responsible living.
I'm hoping to get my compost pile bigger. I am using my new leaf blower to gather leaves but need more "green material" to get my pile hotter and bigger.
Which is a big part of the reason I keep so many chickens. But I tell ya, shoveling chicken poo is a drag. Not to mention that wood shavings take forever to break down in the compost pile.
One idea I had was to put a grate over a frame with newspaper underneath. Every few days, lift the frame, wad up the paper, put it in a bucket and dump it into the compost pile. If the frame gets dirty, hose it off.
I also have placed sheets of cardboard underneath their roost and just carried the sheets of cardboard out to the compost pile. But newspaper without the protective frame doesn't work as well because the chickens like to scratch it up.