chickens and compost?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by weaselslucks, May 20, 2011.

  1. weaselslucks

    weaselslucks Out Of The Brooder

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    So i just spent 45 minutes turning my compost pile over. Its hard work and a large pile. Ofcourse only compost safe things go into it nt meats or oils or anything like that. Could my chickens help me with the turning? With all the bugs I bet they would like it but could they eat too many bugs from the pile or catch something from it ,or would it be just a fun experience for them every six months? I would not care about how much mess they made
     
  2. tomjoad

    tomjoad Out Of The Brooder

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    I used to have a compost pile... until the birds ate every last bit of it
     
  3. weaselslucks

    weaselslucks Out Of The Brooder

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    hmm I would have to separate them most of the time.how long would say 10 hens take to decimate the pile?
     
  4. losvegas

    losvegas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 2 Polish hens love our compost! In fact they have done a wonderful job "turning" it. They do make a mess but they enjoy lookin for bugs.
     
  5. annep

    annep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine's in a bin, and they've decided it's a nice place to lay an egg...
     
  6. cowdogcadillac

    cowdogcadillac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Me too!!!!
     
  7. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Mine have access to all 3 of my piles. Two of the piles are in bins and so they can't spread it all out but one is in a 3 sided bin with an open front and they turn it a lot by basically scratching it all out of the bin, and I put it back in after dampening it again (drought here). So they wont' make your compost maintenance free probably but they get the best buggies and things! That's why I left them one they could scratch all out. Same with the mulch under the apple trees. They spread, I rake back, they spread, I rake back. It's being turned and is composting wonderfully and there are no weeds or grass under there either hehe.
     
  8. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    mine turn it and scratch through it, and spread it out. My theory is that they have eaten every weed see and bug egg in the pile. I am using what is left as mulch as we speak. mk
     
  9. weaselslucks

    weaselslucks Out Of The Brooder

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    awesome anyone have pics?
     

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