Can anybody advice how to use chicken dirt as fertilizer in the garden? Our six chicken's are free range. (though this year, I hope to keep them out of the garden!) I've been using a sort of deep bedding method with wood chips in the hen house. They have a small enclosed run that is....well, sometimes I throw some chips down there, or leaves if it looks wet. I thought that when I cleaned the hen-house I could just compost it but I've been reading about how wood chips aren't that great. Or maybe it's just that they take a long time to break down? Straw is hard to come by so that isn't really an option for a wood chip alternative. Would hay be something I could use that would break down better? I use some old hay in the nesting boxes but I feel like I heard I shouldn't use it in the henhouse as bedding. Anyway, should I just clean the henhouse and let the stuff compost for a long time (like...years??) or is there another approach I should be taking? thanks!