Composting: Chicken manure and feathers?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Yardbird Posse, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. Yardbird Posse

    Yardbird Posse Out Of The Brooder

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    While cleaning up all the FOD in my coop, I end up with all the beneficial manure as well as a fair amount of feathers that have been cast by our 6 birds. The materials are placed on a large compost pile that is cooking quite nicely. Just curious if anyone knows of issues with composting the feathers? Is it a typical process for those of you that compost your chicken manure?

    TIA
     
  2. Love your avatar!

    I throw feathers in my compost & I do not have any issues. The worms (or heat) seem to eat em up pretty fast.

    Wish ya the best.
     
  3. Yardbird Posse

    Yardbird Posse Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! Glad you like my naked chicken. [​IMG]

    We have a pretty hot pile going that's about 4 cubic yards in size. I figured the feathers would just break down but something made me want to ask to see if others had any advice or warnings about it.
     
  4. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The feathers are essentially protein. I toss everything that comes out with the litter into the compost. No problems.

    Chris
     

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