Can feathers go into the compost?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Carrie Lynn, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I composted my first batch of shavings this past year and can hardly wait to use it in the spring.
    I'd like to start another batch but my chickens are moulting.
    Do feathers break down? Do they add anything beneficial?
    What about the scattered feed (crumbles) I scoop as I'm cleaning poop out of my run? Any benefits? They go in the compost as well.

    Thanks in advance,
    Carrie Lynn
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    They are natural. They decompose. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
     
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Fred's Hens :

    They are natural. They decompose. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

    What about rabbit fur in with rabbit poo compost?​
     
  4. DancingHen

    DancingHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Feathers and fur are both fine for the compost. Feathers are actually quite beneficial to the soil. I compost them all the time.

    I also compost my dogs fur after I brush her out. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2011
  5. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Feathers are great in the compost pile, besides who the heck want's to spend 40 hrs sifting through litter to remove them.
     
  6. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sure hope so!
     
  7. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine go right in!
     
  8. turtlebird

    turtlebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, throw them in the composter. Feathers are a source of nitrogen
     
  9. flockof4

    flockof4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, feathers are a great amendment to compost. Toss it all in.
     
  10. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Pure nitrogen, consider them a green.
     

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