This was my first winter with chickens and I'm working out how to compost with chicken-leavings. I have a combination of straw and pine shavings in the coops and runs. Used bedding goes to a "compost pile" which basically means I'm stacking it up in the corner of the yard and hoping it magically becomes compost some day The chickens love scratching through the pile when they are out free ranging and do a wonderful job, but I'm wondering if it is ok for them to dig through a pile of their own droppings. I'm considering incorporating the waste pile in their scratching pen, but wondering if that would just concentrate the droppings and breed disease. What do you think? The girls have other grazing area in their pen, so they wouldn't be on the poop/compost pile 100%. I could see going in the Spring & Fall and cleaning out the scratch pen for garden compost, but otherwise wouldn't mess with it much.