Composting chicken poo.............

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gabby3535, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. gabby3535

    gabby3535 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hope this is the right place to post this question.......................
    I'm wondering who composts their chicken poo, and what method you use.........
    Thanks for any replies!
  2. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    I think there were a few threads on this...but...I throw mine in a big pile with other stuff! It is real complicated because my aim is off sometimes and I miss and then I have another pile next to the pile...sometimes a critter gets in it and I get it spread for me
  3. Nugget

    Nugget Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 2, 2007
    I have a 4x4x6 vented box that I dump my coop litter and kitchen waste into. I try to stir it now and then with a pitchfork. Once a year I put it in my garden [​IMG]
  4. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    stir over achiever [​IMG]
  5. FractalFarmer

    FractalFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2008
    SF Bay area CA
    I just throw mine onto the compost heap, which is not at all enclosed. The chickens stir it for me. I put the kitchen scraps on one side of the pile and the chicken poo on another, just because I don't like the thought of them eating out of their poo pile. But they have to search through the poo side anyway, so it probably doesn't matter. I add compost to the garden about once a year. Easy as dirt.
  6. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    I guess I could add that my pile(s) is in my garden so come spreading time the boys and I kinda surround it and start raking out...
  7. Nugget

    Nugget Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 2, 2007
    There you go! You're stirring it [​IMG]
    My cousin's husband works in a government recycling/composting facility and told me that with correct humidity and aeration they can turn solid household waste into compost in 2 weeks! I decided to give an attempt any time it starts smelling a bit. It's gross.
  8. Chicken Boo

    Chicken Boo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2008
    Glenn Dale, MD
    We put it in the compost bin with the kitchen and yard waste. A friend has horses and I put some of their poo in there too. Stir it every once and a while. Add a little water when necessary. Feed maggots to the chickens once in a while.

    Ta Daaa, put really good dirt in the garden.
  9. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I just throw my chicken coop litter on the ground around my yard. The girls spread the mulch for me and dig it in. I do have to rake it off my paths every so often when they get over enthusiastic in their landscaping efforts.

    ETA in the spring I'll go back to doing what I did last summer, which was to put my litter in the yard waste bin (city collects it for us urbanites). I don't have a compost bin yet b/c I need to rip out the boxwood that's where I'd put the bin.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2008
  10. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    Spring and summer it all goes into a big pile downhill from the coop. THe girls work it pretty hard so I have to raking it back into a pile fairly regularly. By fall there's not much left volume wise. Composted down and scattered by the hens. The remains all gets trucked up to the veggie garden after the last harvest.

    During the winter I just dump all the coop cleanings straight onto the garden. With the amount of rain we get and the birds occasionally turning it it's not going to be to nutrient heavy by spring. Around February I'll scatter so lime on the garden areas when I know i won't be letting anyone out to free range for a few days. The rain will wash the lime down into the soil and make it even better.

    Most of our kitchen scraps go straight into the run for the girls. What's not good for them goes into a compost barrel they can't get into.

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