Haven't seen this mentioned, and i'm starting to wonder if this is a bad idea... It started with a barrel of apples i dumped in the chicken coop for them to eat. I thought also it would attract worms from the ground. Then i started putting all compostables into the pile and it SEEMS to be a good idea for several reasons. 1. Compost pile is fenced, (inside the chicken coop) keeps the dogs out of it. 2. the chickens can scratch around in it and eat what they like 3. i keep my rake and shovel out there and turn it (them actually) every few days 4. I rake up droppings from coop frequently, maybe weekly.. and toss that into the piles. I also use "deep litter" so some of that goes too. Oh, and by the way... where i live our trash/recycle place provides FREE wood chips.. and that is mainly what i use for the flooring... 5. I figure if mice come around, maybe the chickens will get them... so chickens may actually help control mice infestation. 6. I frequently rake the entire chicken yard and it goes into the piles. 7. I put everything in these compost piles (that is compostable)... coffee grains, veg peelings, fruit peelings, old fruits vegs, etc.... But my concern is am i putting something in the chicken coop that could cause disease or infestation or anything? I intend to eventually move it to my garden when it's time. (i dont' actually have a garden yet)... and i also thought this would invite worms to come to surface for easier pickings, sort of like stocking the chicken yard with worms... But is there something i'm not thinking about that could harm them? They seem to enjoy scratching around in the freshly turned compost. Oh, and another benefit of having it in the chicken yard, apparently when i turn it and such and rake the yard, the chickens must see me as the MASTER of all scratchers... they currently stay holed up in the coop for the winter wet weather , but when i come out there, scratching or not.. they come out of the coop and start scratching around.. frolicking and dust bathing.. it's like i am some sort of security figure to them. I just guess i am the MASTER scratcher. Any ideas on this? ANy concerns? Thanks.