I began my first flock in April for more than one reason. I wanted fresh egg's with real flavor, I wanted to know what went into my food, I wanted to stop giving money to an industry that profits largely off practices of cruelty and I wanted the poop. lol I am a gardener, I work hard in my gardens and enjoy growing my own veggies and herbs. I also have begun a love affair with compost. Compost has proven it's worth over and over to me and I will NEVER go back to using man made products to force my garden to produce. I learned about the benefits of chicken poo and that tipped the scale for me from "meh we can live without chickens maybe some day" to "Oh HECK yah we are SO getting chickens!" now I have my first batch of chicken poo/bedding enriched compost started and while it is a LONG way from being usable I am wondering how EXACTLY long should it take to make sure that the compost is safe to use in my edible garden? Just in case it matter's here's a list of the edibles I am currently growing: Corn Yellow crook neck squash green beans Onion's Garlic Strawberry's Bell peppers Jalapenos lettuce carrots celery potato's tomato's Cherry's Blueberry's Cilantro sunflowers (hopefully) bush baby watermelon's I think that's all for now (but I really REALLY want to ad some peas in a pot too and some cucumbers and a few more things) now I know that a lot of my plants are heavy feeders and I wanted to add compost to the top of every thing to give it all a great feed but my compost is NOT ready. so of course I'll have to buy a few bags of compost to hold me over for now, but how long until my chicken enriched compost is done/safe? How do I know for sure it won't contaminate my food and possibly make us sick?