I've been asked numerous times since I've gotten chickens to compost chicken manure to use as fertilizer in our garden (or what's left of it, haha) and yard. Keep in mind I don't know much about composting. I've gotten some questions that I'm hoping you all can answer. Feel free to add anything you'd like about composting to this discussion (and pictures if you have any!) Current situation: -- Right now I am picking up droppings from my coop every day. It's a small coop. I think it has helped to keep smell and moisture levels down in the coop. I have a bucket that is quickly filling up with droppings (minimal to no wood shavings in the bucket). -- How do I compost it? Questions: -- Where do I put it (shade, sun, other?) -- Does it have to be in direct contact with the ground? -- Would large open containers work, or does it have to be enclosed (but with some ventilation). -- What starting materials should I put in the compost besides chicken poop? (leaves, etc.) -- What's the maximum % by volume of chicken poop starting material that I should use in my compost? -- Has anyone had any good experiences with composting 100% chicken poop with nothing else? Does it even work? -- What shouldn't I put in the compost? -- Do I need to keep it moist? -- Do I need to turn it every so often? -- What kind of smell radius should I expect for maybe a 20 gallon compost? -- How do I know when it's "done"? -- When I use the compost as fertilizer, do I just put it on top of the dirt? Or do I have to mix it in with the ground dirt? -- How do I know if a plant has been "burned" by "hot" (or still hot) chicken poop? Whew, that's about all the questions I can think of. Care to give any a try? Thanks.