Not sure this is the right place for this, but just a couple questions regarding composting. I've got some chicks in a watermelon box brooder (gonna try to get them a coop up ASAP cause they're getting big fast). Anyway, at first I had the little galvanized feeder with the plastic bottle on top. It was fine when they were very young, but as soon as they started running everywhere & flying around, they would knock the plastic bottle off spilling (wasting) the food all in the shavings. Then, I went to one of those long tray feeders (whatever they're called) put up on blocks, it was working better (less waste) but still shavings kept getting in it & they would seem like they thought they were out of food. I would pick the shavings out & refill it. Then, they started getting on top of this feeder as well & would turn it upside down into the shavings. Needless to say, every time I cleaned out the brooder shavings, it was FULL of food underneath. For right now, I've just got all of litter (food & all) in a trash can. Is it ok to put this in the compost? I mean, there is probably 10+ pounds of food in there (guessing). I did fix the wasting food issue now. Also, I had attempted to give them a little dust bathing area of sand. I just put the sand in one of those cardboard boxes that bottled water comes in. It got FULL of shavings as well. So, I've got a bunch of shavings mixed with chicken poop (a lot of the shavings look really fresh though because of cleaning it out so much), feed, & sand all mixed together in a trash can that I wasn't sure what to do with. Sorry so long. Thanks in advance for any advice.