Hello. What a fantastic forum this is. I'm reading and learning so much as I get ready to start taking care of a small flock of Wyandottes in my backyard. My husband's an organic butcher and has been wanting to have fresh eggs for a while -- now I'm spending all my time online looking at coop construction and predator proofing. He's pretty sure he's created a monster I have guinea pigs as pets and have a decently active compost pile -- mostly hay that they've peed on, guinea pig maure and kitchen scraps. Obviously I'll be adding the chicken litter to this as well. I plan to use DE to keep down flies and smells. (My husband *hates* flies. Ha. City boy.) I don't have that many worms in the compost, although there are some, but there are a lot of beetles scurrying around in there when I turn it. I'm assuming that the DE will kill off these bugs as well as fly larvae, etc. So my question is, is this a problem for the compost pile? Or do the bacteria and fungusy things take up the job of the beetles and worms in the presence of DE?