We have been asked to present the process we used after butchering 116 Chantecler chickens last November. We did this in one day with the expert services of Martin Sawmilling & Poultry Processing
We keep and eat the offal (hearts, livers, gizzards, necks & feet). That left the entrails from 116 birds to go into a Squash Mound ! We figure a mound will work for 2 years before we need to dig it up and redo. Next year we will run a parallel mound to this year’s and then rework back and forth.
First we dug an 8-10 foot trench that was 12-18 inches deep. Looks like Mark did all the digging as I stepped aside to take the picture! I will gladly give him the credit, he was a big help!
Two large bags of entrails were spread in the bottom of the trench. You will notice a few necks that were discarded before we requested that they be kept. 116 Chantecler chickens create a lot of entrails!
Next layer is all the feathers (great nitrogen source). They are spread over the entrails.
The feathers are covered with a nice 6-8″ of composted chicken manure.
The last step before covering for winter is to mound the garden soil from the trench over the composted chicken manure.
The last step is to cover the mound with black plastic and weight it down. We used bricks and a board across the top. This serves two purposes. It keeps animals from digging it up and amplifies the heat of the sun to slow freezing and allow the trench to “cook”.
In the Spring we will remove the black plastic cover and plant squash. There is enough space around the mound to allow squash vines to ramble.