While the laying hens are in tractors in the garden, we cleaned out the litter in the hen house and whitewashed.  One gallon of sour milk, four cups of salt, and twelve of mason’s lime, made a good thick wash that went on pretty smoothly — for whitewash, which isn’t like paint — and dried a nice clean, bright white.  We can’t help thinking a coat of whitewash is equal to an hour of artificial lighting, as a daylight extender.  And better than either are our plastic-covered tractors, which keep the earth thawed under the hens’ feet and give them somewhere they can scratch.  Leaves bagged last fall and stored dry make good litter; with hen guano, they should also prove a high-nitrogen fertilizer, or so wIMG_1565e hope.

2 thoughts on “whitewash

  1. I often wondered how milk was incorporated into the mix, I only ever found and used a recipe with casein as a powder. Whitewash time here soon as well so I’ll give this a go.

  2. we put the dry ingredients into a bucket and added the milk about a quart at a time, stirring as we went; it helped avoid making too many lumps.
    I liked your post about raising more food and living on less money; funny what a departure that idea is!

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