We had been tossing garden waste, grass and kitchen scraps in the run all summer, but it wasn't until fall hit that we realized just how quickly our little workers could turn waste into beautiful compost.
We have several mature trees on our property and they drop truck loads of leaves on the ground every fall. We put them all in the chicken run--yes all of them! Every week we would toss a mountain of leaves into the run and within a few days, it would be reduced to a small mound of ground up leaves.
Does it smell?
It shouldn't smell at all. If you start to notice a smell, then you have too much greens (kitchen scraps, fresh grass clippings, chicken poo) and not enough browns (dry leaves, wood chips, dried grass). Mix in more browns and that should correct itself within a few days.
What can I give chickens to compost?
We toss in grass clippings, leaves, garden waste, kitchen scraps and even the wood chips from their coop.
Do I have to do anything special with the pile?
We use a pitch fork to rotate and pile up everything into a large mound every week or two. This helps to speed up the process and brings up juicy worms for the chickens to find so they keep at it.
Is that really good for my chickens?
Absolutely! Not only do they get extra nutrition and treats from the produce scraps and worms in the pile, but it gives them something to do. This especially helpful if your chickens aren't free ranged often.
What am I going to do with all that compost?
Put that golden dirt in your veggie gardens and flower beds. You will be amazed at how much better and bigger your plants with grow! Run out of space? I doubt you will, but if you do, give it away to neighbors and friends or bag it up and sell it.