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Does your chicken hang out @ the compost pile?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by akyramoto, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. akyramoto

    akyramoto Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For some reason my hens looooove the compost pile. I usually have it covered up, but I had to throw away the plastic i was using because it had deteriorated so much, after that my girls were goin nuts over the pile! I think I'm gonna have to put a fence around it, or cover it again.
     
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Yep, had to put wire around mine. Those little stinkers!! Now they just scrounge around the pile.
     
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Obelisk flies right in and kicks it all around. Slifer used to scratch around the edges from the outside and so does Penny.
     
  4. Chelly

    Chelly Cooped Up

    May 11, 2007
    Sounds like a "BUG FEAST" going on! [​IMG]
     
  5. cookiesdaddy

    cookiesdaddy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep ... Muffin and Butterscotch (12 weeks old) just discovered the compost pile 2 days ago [​IMG] Have to do something about it!
     
  6. akyramoto

    akyramoto Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i love that they're naturally 'composters' but I'd like it to stay a pile!! haha!!!

    i rake up little piles in the run for them to break down, they love it, just gotta keep them away from the main pile, all kinds of gross stuff in there fermenting.
     
  7. SunChick

    SunChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My neighbors chickens love ours! They free-range, mine don't --cause I'm afraid I won't get my birds back! They also get into my horse's stall and compost her manure...so much for neat little piles to pick up! [​IMG] I have to rake it up after the birdies have had their fun. [​IMG]
     
  8. Sutton5

    Sutton5 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it bad for the chickens to scratch around in the compost pile?

    Rachelle ~ Kansas
     
  9. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    Vermont
    They love it!
     
  10. jaseg

    jaseg Out Of The Brooder

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    well I don't see my chickens in there yet, however, the turkeys love it, I just chase them off, then they turn and give me the nastiest look.
     

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