For those of you getting chicks this spring, the chick stand could be a handy solution to the messy problem of chicks dragging poop and bedding into their food and water.
As suggested by Deborah Niemann, author of Homegrown and Handmade, as the birds get larger, people often hang the feeder/waterer or put it on blocks, but the same simple idea could be applied to prevent the birds from soiling their food and water.
Here is a great article on chicken manure, composting, and proper ratio of bedding (carbon) to nitrogen. It also outlines the process for composting chicken manure so that it does not burn your plants.
Metropolis Coffee Company has FREE coffee chaff available for bedding.
Coffee chaff is a by-product of the roasting process. Metropolis packages the chaff in 55-gallon trash bags. It is light enough to be easily carried. If anyone is interested in picking some up, please send an email or call.
Metropolis Coffee Co.
5545 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Hours of Operation: 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday