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Compost Bin in the Chicken Run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by joebryant, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

  2. SophieLain127

    SophieLain127 Songster

    Apr 7, 2009
    I've not even gotten my coop up yet but that is a good idea. I'm really curious to hear what other think. I'd be willing to redesign a top loading section that is maybe three feet tall by 44 in by 48 in. Made out of pallets.

    Four Poles that are 3 or 3.5 feet high with some pallets nailed to them then cover the whole thing with chicken wire. Put a lockin bin type lid on the top to keep out predators. I think it will be marvelous.
  3. animal nut

    animal nut Songster

    Sep 11, 2008
    S. E Ohio
    :yiipchickThe articile was in Backyard Poutry. They said to take a space inside the run and start a compost heap. Your chickens will do the turning for you. I am using this in my run. I hope to createbetter soil in the area. The girls just love scatching for bugs. And believe me they do a really good job of composting that waste fast. They had two large bags of leaves composted in no time flat.[​IMG]
  4. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Songster

    Jun 3, 2008
    Bolton, CT
    Really, what do you put in that compost pile?
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I compost in my run, not in a 'compost pile' way but by chucking in all sorts of garden weedings/trimmings (nontoxic) and veg garden detritus and cut-up sod bits from starting new beds and so forth. The chickens have fun with it, and poo all over it, and when it's gotten deep enough and/or they're no longer having much fun with it, I shovel it all out and start over again. Like, after a few weeks or months depending on season and my ambition level. Works well for me.

    You do want to avoid any sort of situation where you dump in a large quantity of stuff that starts to mold inside the pile (can happen in just a day or two), as that's not good for chickens to breathe.

    Good luck, have fun,

  6. thechickonthehill

    thechickonthehill Songster

    Feb 13, 2009
    Sadieville, KY
    There is also an article on this in the March/April 2009 issue of Hobby Farms Magazine. Its called "Happy Hens, Healthy Soil" and they refer to it as the "compost litter system". I think I'm going to give it a whirl as I am just finishing up my run. I have Cochins and Brahmas and would like to do something to avoid muddy "boots" on my chickies.[​IMG]
  7. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I'm moving my chickens into a tractor this summer so that I can use their run for my veggie garden. I'm thinking of saving up all my stuff that needs to be composted in a pile and then throw it on to my raised beds for the chickens to do their thing all winter long.

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