The Coop Cam Day 3!
The Compost Pile.

Here we go again! Coop Cam. Sorry if this is getting boring for you. Although I can’t imagine how. A few nights ago I was having a terrible night. Probably one of the worst nights of my life and I brought up the Coop Cam and watched my girls as they got tucked into bed and … somehow it made me feel … actually it didn’t help at all. It was an exceptionally bad night.

But in better circumstances watching those chickens go to sleep would have made me feel great. They’re just cozy and fluffy and heartwarming. You know how normal people feel when they watch a baby sleep? That’s how I feel watching my chickens sleep. They’re my little babies that will never grow out of needing to be taken care of. They will never stay out all night, or tell me they hate me or pierce a body part that a gynecologist will need to give them salve for.

I will on the other hand always have to clean up the dirt that falls out of their bum.

Today in the coop we shall address the issue of compost.

Whenever the chicken’s outdoor run gets disgusting I pull it all into a big compost pile and cover it with a tarp. That’s the big blob you might occasionally see in the run. Every few days I have to turn the pile. Or … if I’m feeling lazy, I just take the tarp off and let the chickens loose on it.

They scratch and peck and climb and jump through that pile of compost looking for sprouts and bugs. It’s like Disney World for them. If Disney World were made out of straw, chicken shit and bugs you wouldn’t normally find outside of a hobo camp. Their scratching and pecking turns the compost pile for me and aerates it at the same time. Two things that are needed to create compost quickly.

So today at 1:00 E.S.T. I’m going to be unleashing the chickens on the compost pile.


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  1. Sue From Vermont says:

    Karen, I’m so sorry you had a horrible night. You bring so much joy to others, sometimes we forget that you have problems of your own beyond Paleo food. I think I speak for everyone when I say, please take care of yourself. We love you and we care what happens to you. We’ll all send positive vibes, prayers, and cake if we can.

  2. Amanda says:

    This is awesome. I can drink coffee, check my work email, and watch chickens in Canada. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for today. Are you recording these “events” so that they can be watched later if, say, I happen to have to be in a pesky meeting at 1pm EST? (or is it EDT since we’re on that here in DC?)

  3. Rebecca P says:

    So sorry to hear you had such a horrible night. I hope everything has settled. I know how hard it is to go on functioning when it feels if the world should just stop for a second, so you can catch your breath. Sending prayers and good vibes your way!

  4. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I don’t know what is wrong..but I wish I could help you feel better..

  5. Stephanie says:

    I know your first choice for bird-viewing will always be your own sweeties, but in case you want to take a peek at another, check out the peregrine falcon cam that’s mounted on a nest box on a building in Salt Lake City. The babies haven’t hatched yet, but they are supposed to emerge any day now.
    I’m afraid I spend more time than I should watching this while at work… I really want to see those babies hatch!
    Oh, and I totally agree about the peace of watching chickens settle down to sleep. I love the cooing sounds they make.

  6. Jeannie B says:

    Dear Karen, I too, know the comfort that lovely creatures like your hens, can impart in times of stress. With me, it’s my big beautiful Calico and my tiny Siamese cat friends, cuddled up beside me, purring. Sometimes the world seems a cruel and dangerous place but in reality, it’s not. Today, the sun is shining, the sky is blue, the birds are singing and it almost seems like all is right with the world Do take care of yourself. Even when you’re taking a break from posting, you’re still posting! Thank you Karen.

  7. Christie says:

    Okay, I totally missed chickens in the compost pile, but I LOVE the idea of coop cam. There really is nothing better when you’re down than watching chickens do… well, just about anything. Chickens running? All time fave.

    Hope your days are brightening!

  8. Natika33 says:

    I’m extremely sorry to hear you are having a terrible time right now. You’ve cheered me up many times from the other side of the world, so I hope a small part of my positive thinking reaches you back this time. Hang in there!

  9. Patti says:

    Karen, I’m sad to hear you’re having a hard time! Sending love through the world wide web 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Don’t you worry about me Patti. Everything is fine now and I’m in a great mood. Tomorrow marks the start of vegetable planting weekend. 🙂 ~ karen

  10. Shauna says:

    Just wanted to let you know that your links for the “Looking for stuff from Amazon, click here, click here” area aren’t showing up to click on. I order an immense amount of stuff from Amazon as we are prime members. If I can remember to click from your site, I’d love to help you make some extra moolah.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shauna – They show up for most people, but not others. You could have a “block ad” thing running on your site. Do you see a small stop sign at the top of the page? If you do, then it’ll block the Amazon boxes from showing up. You can click on the stop sign to make the ads show up. ~ karen!

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