Is my compost pile going to catch fire?!?!?!?! I've always heard that chicken poop on a pile will catch fire. I have a compost pile. It's rotten food, old pine shavings and 24 chickens worth of poop. I've been watering it, but today was the first time I took the pitch fork to it. STEAM was rising up out of it and even in the 95+ degree weather I could feel HEAT coming from it. It also smells like a trash dump!!! Am I doing something wrong?