Goats and Chippers

by Ivory Soap on 07/10/2009

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I got this for Christmas from Craigslist.  Cheap!!


I have goats.

Goats regularly ‘fertilize’ their bedding straw.

Goats strip leaves off of every stick in the vicinity.

Neither straw nor sticks break down very quickly in the compost pile.  But because of this baby, I have the coolest compost pile in the WORLD right now.



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Emily July 10, 2009 at 6:19 am

I am soooo jealous!!! I have tons of downed trees, twigs and pooped on straw, lol… my compost piles are going to take years!

Emily July 10, 2009 at 6:44 am

Dare I say that’s the cutest chipper I’ve ever seen? What a great tool!

Lindsay July 10, 2009 at 6:57 am

I am so jealous. I have two goats as well, and I am finding that the sticks are piling up (although my trees look so neat and tidy with the lower limbs trimmed off, dont’ know what I’m going to do when all the trees are trimmed…). I’m sure hubby will *hate* having to get another manly machine…

rowena___. July 10, 2009 at 8:15 am

that’s the chipper i wanted–unfortunately the only chipper available on our craigslist when i was in the market is HUGE, but it was a good price so we got it.

here’s a tip: i found out our local tree companies will often let you have their whole chipped tree load for free! depending on your locality, they have to pay to dump the chips so it is more economical for them to give them away. we got an entire truck load–a pile about the size of a small car–delivered and dumped for me for NOTHING. woohoo! but i still have sticks to chip because we have a lot of storms and tornados leave a lot of debris.

Kimberly July 10, 2009 at 5:52 pm


At first, I read it as “Goats IN chippers”. Needless to say, my heart jumped a smidgen! lol

I’m envious of your compost pile. Is that weird?

Wanda July 10, 2009 at 11:02 pm

Speaking of goats……………….
How are the little darlings?

Don July 10, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Nice find. Don’t forget plants want a 12:1 ratio of carbon to nitrogen (in fact, they will wait to absorb nutrients until they have that), wood adds LOTS of carbon that can take 2 years to go away.

I burn all woody plants and sticks, then I use the ash for the chooks dust baths. Compost is easy to make, but great compost takes careful consideration.

Now wood chips on top of beds is fine, but I would be real careful to avoid putting wood into the soil.

Just my $0.02,

Ali July 11, 2009 at 10:09 am

We got one of those chippers….used it one weekend then shoved it in the shed, the vibrations it makes when you try to run wood through can really hurt after awhile! Ours jammed up a LOT too, so I hope you have better luck than we did!

beth July 12, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Cute chipper, is it electric? And what brand is it?

June July 13, 2009 at 9:56 am

I want one! I want one!

Ivory Soap July 14, 2009 at 9:13 am

Sorry this took so long, ya’ll. I’ve been out of town and then I was really lazy after that. HA!
@ Beth–It’s an electric chipper–McCulloch

@Ali–It does need you to talk to it a lot and give it small bites. It jammed on me all the time in the beginning, but we’ve worked out the kinks in our relationship.


@Rowena–local tree companies? like the people that remove them?

@Kimberly–yeah, the goats were asking for it…all that cuteness…it just had to go. And it’s not weird to have compost-envy, it comes with the territory. I don’t even like to think about TL’s compost. It’s to lovely.

@Wanda–I have a goat post in the queue. Long overdue, but it should pop up, maybe, tomorrow? I can’t remember.

@Emily–unless you get a honkin’ one, it won’t easily chip up anything over a inch in diameter, but it’s GLORIOUS. I use it on the bedding and everything. That soil holds water like a sponge. For bigger sticks, I hear busting them open with sledge hammers or something speeds it up.

@Lindsay– I agree about the trimmed trees. Mine look better than ever. I’ll keep hubby in my thoughts as he struggles with the burden of *having* to get another cool machine.

Maven Koesler January 3, 2010 at 11:19 am

LOL! I thought I was the only one who got tools and heavy equipment for important
Since I make jewelry for a “living”, he can’t buy me that without a lecture on retail mark-ups, and I told him that if I wanted a fur coat I’d make one myself, so we decided practical stuff as gifts. I’m a big ‘ole toolhead anyway.
A chipper is next on my list. This Christmas I got a 12’ gas pole saw. Last wedding anniversary a great B-I-G log splitter. I LOVE getting big, practical working gifts that please me as much as hubby. Well, except for the button mushroom growing box on my list…it’s not a tool, but it will please us both!

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