I found a large population of red mites in my compost bin today. I'm doing what I can do get rid of them since I learned they were there; however, it has been raining here for almost 3 weeks and it's difficult to get rid of them completely with all of this moisture. However, I'm worried they'll get to my chickens before I eliminate them. I just saw one of my chickens snacking away in the compost bin today!! I have dust baths for them, I'm checking them daily, and I'm doing everything I can do keep them and the coop dry through this heavy rain.
This had me thinking...there are many bugs that are normal to a compost bin that can be harmful to chickens. SURELY many of my fellow chicken-owner friends have compost bins as well. What do you do to manage BOTH? Will I have to get rid of my compost so that my chickens can stay safe?