Archive for March, 2012

Happy St. Patrick’s Day at Bibliopharm!

Nitrate-free corned beef and locally grown storage potatoes, cabbage, and carrots.  We had to import the Harp and Guinness.  The chickens want some too!

It’s so easy to make… In a dutch oven, place the corned beef and bottle of Harp or other lager.  Bake at 300F for about 2 hours.  Add the thick-sliced cabbage and peeled potatoes and carrots.  Bake for another 2 hours.  Serve with rye or Irish soda bread.

“Art of the Chicken Coop” Book Review

Whimsical and fun!  Chris Gleason offers practical advice such as detailed materials lists for each project and step by step photographs.  The photography enhances the work and makes for a visually pleasing layout.  It is a great inspiration with a lot of fun designs.

If the author did a little more research about coop design, I think it would have benefitted the overall book and designs offered. For example, all the designs were very chicken-sized, which is great for the birds, but I find difficult to thoroughly clean since it’s hard for an adult to get in there and maneuver.  I also wish it had talked more about using the deep litter method and bioactivity.  On the easy to clean side, it did offer a design using a removable tray.  However, I have this on my current coop, but I find the litter gets stuck and jams the tray, making removal quite the task.  The only tall coop design offered was a chicken condo, but the roosts were on multiple levels and my research and experience finds that they all want to get up on the highest level and they will fight to do so.

Finally, the author talked about using reclaimed materials, which is great!  I think the icing on the cake would have been to include a chicken coop design based on pallets.  This would offer a free and standardized source of recycled materials to would-be coop builders everywhere.  How great would it be to have a step-by-step guide to building a pallet coop?!

Art of the Chicken Coop
by Chris Gleason
Fox Chapel Publishing
Cover Image from Barnes and Noble

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