We got our first batch of chickens last August and immediately began adding the coop and run debris to our compost pile. A mix of straw, grass clippings, leaves and pine shavings is used in both coop and run. We let the pile start processing in October. Most of the pine shavings have completely broken down at this point (one small area of the pile was not--we set this aside). So now our questions are 1) Has this been long enough to use? And 2) How do we use it??? We sprinkled some into the garden before planting and mixed it thoroughly into the soil, but will it still be too hot at this point to put directly next to plants to fertilize throughout the growing season?