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This weeks Instagram Photo of the week was posted last night around 8:30pm. It managed to get more likes by 6am this morning then any other photo last week....even the ones that were up several days! It is a cute picture...
Over the years I have tried various forms of bedding in my coops. Usually I stick with wood shavings but I have been known to use hay, straw or leaves from time to time. A few months back I came across a forum topic discussing coop litter and several people mentioned using shredded newspaper. I decided to do some research and give it a try. It wasn't difficult, just shred the newspaper and throw it in the coop. It was free. It was easy.....but how did it work?
While newspaper is generally 'free' (what else are you gonna do with it after you read it?) the shredder
certainly isn't and depending on what size coop you're filling you do
run the risk of burning up a shredder. To prevent this I shredded paper
for about 5 minutes a few times a day till I got enough paper for my
coop. I only used the regular newspaper part, not the shiny ad papers.
I chose the d'Uccle coop for this experiment. It's not terribly large which I thought was a good idea in case it failed miserably. I covered the coop floor with about 2" of shredded newspaper. As the days went by it packed down and I would add some from time to time. The chickens had no problems walking in or turning the paper. The coop didn't smell and when the paper got wet it quickly dried out. I did see them eat a piece or two, but didn't notice any problems from it.
This weeks most popular Instagram picture was this shot of one of my Marans roosters. I was filling the feed bins in the coops and he decided that scoop of scratch looked mighty tasty. He started sneaking up on it while eyeballing me from the side to see if I'd stop him. Of course I caught him....caught him on camera too. Naughty boy!
Now that 2014 has officially ended, I've had time to
sit down and look back at the past year of blogging. I've taken a look
at which posts were widely viewed, pinned and shared. So without much
preamble....here they are (in order) my top 5 poultry posts of 2014.
This weeks most popular Instagram picture was a simple photo of the latest egg collection. Even though all of this years Marans pullets have started laying, only 1 of the 2 Americana pullets have started. They're older then the Marans by almost 2 months! I've been getting plenty of eggs these last few weeks....enough so that I even have some for making blown eggs for Christmas ornaments! I'll make sure to post photos when I finish them.
So without further ado, I give you last weeks most liked Instagram