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Compost or Chicken Treats? Or BOTH!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Sleepy71, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. Sleepy71

    Sleepy71 In the Brooder

    Oct 25, 2011
    Jacksonville, FL
    Like most of you I'm sure, my household generates compost material on a daily basis. Sometimes, though, I wonder if I'm better off giving it to the chickens instead of composting it. I don't always take stuff to the compost pile on a daily basis, but rather I leave it in a small tub on the counter in the kitchen (until my wife starts telling me to get it out of there). Would it be normal to just let the chickens into my compost pile and pick out what they want to eat, instead of me worrying about sorting it? I hope my question makes sense...

  2. SueBaby

    SueBaby Songster

    Feb 14, 2011
    Oceanside, CA
    I've had similar thoughts. Looking forward to the responses you get...
  3. Sleepy71

    Sleepy71 In the Brooder

    Oct 25, 2011
    Jacksonville, FL
    Anyone? [​IMG]
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Well, the only thing that went into my compost heap was used coop bedding. Everything else, including meats (which you should not compost) goes to the chickens. Simple.
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    But you may need to make a "bowl" run out to the chickens daily instead of waiting a few days like you do now. If it is not rancid it can be given to the chickens. My compost pile is simply used chicken bedding.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2012
  6. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    I separate kitchen waste. Anything suitable for the birds goes out on the next trip out to the coop, which is a minimum of twice a day. Whatever the birds can not eat goes into a separate container and gets taken to the compost bin every 2-3 days.

    I do not feed my birds anything that might be spoiled. It isn't worth the risk.
  7. Speaking of meats. If you want to have some real fun for you and the chickens try this: Get an old pot or 5 gallon bucket and put the meat in there set it out near the compost pile for 2-4 days until you see flies all over it. Now cover it for a few days and come back to a bucket full of maggots. Dump the whole bucket in the chicken yard and watch them go hog wild [​IMG] You have made your chickens happy with a great treat and wiped out an entire generation of flies all at the same time.

  8. real_redhead

    real_redhead Songster

    Jun 6, 2011
    Roanoke, VA
    Since getting chickens my compost is mostly bedding, tea bags, coffee grounds and te stuff they won't eat. The girls think they are getting treats!! When we go out of town and my mom comes to take care of the girls she even brings her veggie scraps for them!!
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    All my scraps used to go on the compost pile, which is open. The dogs would get first dibs, cause they're higher on the food chain. The chickens would go through it next. Now, since the birds are cooped, I just throw most of the scraps in with them. They eat spoiled things all the time, I've never had a problem with it. When I start seeing crows and buzzards dead on the side of the road from eating rotten road kill, I'll consider not feedint them spoiled food.
  10. idispatch4911

    idispatch4911 Chirping

    May 20, 2011
    Southern Utah
    Isn't it one in the same? I moved my (VERY HEAVY) chicken tractor over the top of my compost pile for the winter. I don't put many scraps out there in the winter, but in the summer, I have TONS. The chickens get to pick what they want from that pile, and I give regular treats each day anyway.

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