Composting with chickens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DreamsInPink, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Songster

    I have read contradicting information regarding keeping a compost pile in the chicken run. I'd really, really like to do this if I could. Less work for me and lots of fun for my chickens.

    The only thing I'm concerned about really is predator attraction to the compost pile. (but I also read somewhere that if I have chickens, the predators will come, regardless of whether or not I have a compost pile)

    My run is going to be 60 x 20'. I'd keep the compost pile at the far end away from the coop. And the coop is SECURE.

    So what are your thoughts?

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    You're right on all counts. A compost pile won't bring predators any faster than the presence of chickens will. The predators are already on your and adjacent properties. You just haven't seen them or felt the effects yet.

    The chickens do love to dig in the compost. Whether you do it in the run or out is your choice. It will keep them occupied which is good. I have dedicated compost piles but I have on average, 7 flocks of chickens. Test your thoughts and continue to do what works for you. Everyone's situation is different and what works for one won't work for all.
  3. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Songster

    From what I've been reading, I'm probably going to just go ahead and do it. :D I've never had a compost pile before... but I what better time than the present, right? I will have to start doing some research. Thank you for your input, @ChickenCanoe

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