Compost Bin in the Chicken Run

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

  1. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

  2. SophieLain127

    SophieLain127 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really, what do you put in that compost pile?
     
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    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,

    Pat
     
  6. thechickonthehill

    thechickonthehill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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