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.
Here is a great site post for those of you who faithfully watch chicken poop for signs of disease!
It features pix of poops ranging from normal to parasite laden! Yeah, it’s kind of gross, but poop is really important for knowing what is going on inside of a bird!
Chicken Poop Page!