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Chickens Doing the Work for Composting

This is a discussion on Chickens Doing the Work for Composting within the Recycling, Composting, Reducing, Reuse, Environment forums, part of the Off-Grid Lifestyle category; I have read in a couple places that people will attach their composting bin to their chicken coop and install a door between. Periodically opening ...

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    I have read in a couple places that people will attach their composting bin to their chicken coop and install a door between. Periodically opening the door to allow the chickens to get into the compost pile and do what chickens do best, scratch and poop. This would turn the compost pile and add manure to it. Has anyone here done something similar and do the chickens actually do a decent job of turning things?
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    Doubt it would turn it enough. When I clean the coop it all goes in the compost.
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    They do ok but not enough to turn a pile unless it’s small. We have 4 compost piles. 3 are large and in the back pasture. We turn those with a tractor. The 4th is small and in a 4x4x4 composting “container” in another pasture. The chickens free range and usually at some point head to the small compost pile and mess around in it. The wife usually gives it a good turn by hand.
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    I'm not a farmer, never have been, but maybe a pig or two in a larger enclosure. They like to root around. I know they take more care than chickens but come fall the freezer has meat. The closest I've ever came to farming was picking eggs at the neighbors, they had 27,000 laying hens. Used the feed they beaked out to feed feeder hogs for my pay for the year, think I was 12 or 13 at the time. Oh... the good ol days. Ended up I worked a year on the farm for $500.00 Sorry, got off topic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piratesailor View Post
    They do ok but not enough to turn a pile unless it’s small. We have 4 compost piles. 3 are large and in the back pasture. We turn those with a tractor. The 4th is small and in a 4x4x4 composting “container” in another pasture. The chickens free range and usually at some point head to the small compost pile and mess around in it. The wife usually gives it a good turn by hand.
    Yes, my pile would be small. I am only doing raised beds and not a whole lot of them. I was thinking 4x4x4 would be a right size. We would let our chickens out to free range a couple hours a day and they would always make a bee line straight for our neighbors compost pile and mess about in it. So it might be viable for me but I will still need to do some hand turning it sounds like.
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    Pigs and chickens play a game called lunch. Guess who is on the menu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Lilly View Post
    Yes, my pile would be small. I am only doing raised beds and not a whole lot of them. I was thinking 4x4x4 would be a right size. We would let our chickens out to free range a couple hours a day and they would always make a bee line straight for our neighbors compost pile and mess about in it.

    Damnit....where in the hell can a fella find a free range Cat? Damn no account feline! won't even catch bugs getting in the house.
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    Our little 4x4 chicken compost.
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    My garden is fenced and there is a spot roughly 15x15 between the coop and the garden that I want to add to my garden space next year that has been the chickens fenced run....I've been throwing compostables in there so the birds can work it and prepare it for planting. Then once the garden is done for this year, I'll let them in there to work & prepare that for next season as well. I am in the process of changing from a compost bin, to composting in place...…...dig a hole, fill er up then cover it & viola in a matter of days/weeks that area is ready for planting.....chickens optional.

    Using chickens to work your compost depends on how many birds you have, the size of your compost pile and size of the area the birds have to forage...…..the smaller the area, the more birds you have makes compost faster than if the birds are allowed complete free range of a property with a 4ft square compost pile somewhere in the middle...…..make sense?



    I have about a dozen chickens of various ages in an 8x12 shed coop which gives them plenty of room if/when they are kept locked up in confinement......like when I have projects going on I don't want them into. The coop opens to the 15x15 area that is fenced off to give them outside access to grass, weeds, bugs, sun & the current composting project.....and this area opens to the main garden (25x50) that is also fenced and they'll have access to both areas all winter long...….then next spring & just before planting time, I'll reroute the fences to keep them out of the garden areas but have access to another area not being used.

    Rarely do my birds ever get full access to the yard anymore cause I want their poop & scratching where it counts. I should note here that I have about a 1/4 acre fenced yard in a neighborhood of houses so all yard space is shared
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustAnotherNut View Post
    My garden is fenced and there is a spot roughly 15x15 between the coop and the garden that I want to add to my garden space next year that has been the chickens fenced run....I've been throwing compostables in there so the birds can work it and prepare it for planting. Then once the garden is done for this year, I'll let them in there to work & prepare that for next season as well. I am in the process of changing from a compost bin, to composting in place...…...dig a hole, fill er up then cover it & viola in a matter of days/weeks that area is ready for planting.....chickens optional.

    Using chickens to work your compost depends on how many birds you have, the size of your compost pile and size of the area the birds have to forage...…..the smaller the area, the more birds you have makes compost faster than if the birds are allowed complete free range of a property with a 4ft square compost pile somewhere in the middle...…..make sense?



    I have about a dozen chickens of various ages in an 8x12 shed coop which gives them plenty of room if/when they are kept locked up in confinement......like when I have projects going on I don't want them into. The coop opens to the 15x15 area that is fenced off to give them outside access to grass, weeds, bugs, sun & the current composting project.....and this area opens to the main garden (25x50) that is also fenced and they'll have access to both areas all winter long...….then next spring & just before planting time, I'll reroute the fences to keep them out of the garden areas but have access to another area not being used.

    Rarely do my birds ever get full access to the yard anymore cause I want their poop & scratching where it counts. I should note here that I have about a 1/4 acre fenced yard in a neighborhood of houses so all yard space is shared
    I have a similar set up for my chickens. A large coop as well as a large chicken wired run attached so they can get out and scratch and be merry. I haven't let them out to free range yet at the new place. I am still waiting on the surveyor to come put POL's up so I can get my fence up. Once the fence is up I had planned to let them out here and there for a couple hours in the evening. Once I get the gardens really going next year, they likely will be staying in the run unless I am outside with them so they don't cause trouble in the raised beds.

    I think I will try it out and see how it goes attaching the compost bin to the chicken run. Let them in there a couple times a week. Sounds like I will still be doing some hand turning as well. I only have 6 chickens right now but am planning to get more in the spring.
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