I have started a rather large compost heap. It's about 6 x 8 feet x 4 ft high- filled with rabbit and chicken manure, straw, hay, pine shavings, and leftover corn and alfalfa feeds. HOW DO I USE THIS APPROPRIATELY? I have never composted before. I know rabbit manure is good to use straight away, but that chicken manure takes longer to decompose or it will burn your plants (?). Do I just spread this over my garden? Do I mix in it to the soil and then till it together? Do I wait? Or use right away? Is there a proper soil ratio I need to meet? What about using it for potting plants and seed starting? Do I need to mix it with anything? I LOVE gardening, but am such a novice on all things compost!! I just know enough not to throw the droppings away, but to use them... I just have no clue how to USE them!! Please advise if you know anything about composting. Also- what can I expect with a rabbit/chicken manure compost? How will it affect my plants?