Chickens, Ducks, and Rabbits and the Livestock Enclosure
One of the most essential ecosystems of Mezzacello is the livestock. We keep all livestock (chickens, ducks, and rabbits) in the livestock shed on the southwest edge of the property. This makes care and maintenance easy and also allows us to collect and easily treat manures and other wastes in the most efficient and sanitary way. I’ve included a quick gallery of features here in this post. I detail the layout a bit more below the images.
Chicken and Duck Run
The Chicken and Duck Coop
The coop waste trays Easy to collect and sweep The coop separation wall and nesting The nesting box, egg collection, and utility table/nesting door apparatus
Rabbit Warren and Linoleum Floors
Everything is mobile and sanitary Sanitation first (link in the blog)
The Main Axis and the Waste Leech Pit
The french drains beneath the horse mattes run into the grate covered leech pit
A Drawing of the Livestock Layout
Details and Links
The livestock shed is a 10×12 shed on a 4″ thick concrete slab. The floor of the shed is covered in waterproof latex and then linoleum flooring. The shed is divided into two halves, the east half is for rabbits and feed storage and the west half is for the chickens and ducks. The poultry coop can be further divided into the hen laying section and the nursery/isolation half which can be separated by sliding doors. The eggs are collected from the rabbit warren side of the shed through a door hatch behind the egg-laying perch. Lastly I have multiple portable sinks.
The chicken run between the livestock shed and the storage shed is a covered run 10’x16′ long. The run, the walkway between the gardens and the sheds, and the coop interior are covered. In the run and walkways are covered in 4’x6′ rubber horse mattes. The coop uses plastic trays that 30″ x 48″ and make collecting and cleaning droppings. This makes cleaning and sterilizing the run super easy. There is a french drain at the eastern edge of the run that empties into a leech pit.
Waste to Compost
The compost bins are 1000L IBCs with custom front-loading doors that can be filled, sealed and loaded into the bioreactor to accelerate compost and neutralize the acids in chicken and duck wastes.