Chicken Coops should go near the compost pile.

Posted by on Sep 6, 2011 in Chickens | 4 comments

Chickens and Compost - The no till method.

Put Your Chicken Coop near your Compost Pile

Chicken Coops should go near your compost pile.

 

Yes. Backyard chickens and compost… they go together. A compost pile is an environment that is elaborately set up to attract all the right kind of bugs and microorganisms to break down plant material into new soil. This is also all the kinds of things that chickens like to eat. Bugs, worms, ants, yummy! So your chickens want to go a digging to find all those creatures. In doing so they are going to turn your compost pile for you and save you all that back breaking work with a pitch fork. Thank you chickens.

Not only that, but while that are digging and letting in all that air to the otherwise static pile of debris, they are adding their own chicken manure to the pile which is an excellent source of organic nitrogen and phosphorous. So you should locate your chicken coop in some relation to your compost pile. In our previous house, my wife and I had our chicken area just outside the kitchen window in the space between the back of the house and the back fence. We located the compost pile just under the kitchen window inside the chicken area. We didn’t have to have the old compost collection going in the bucket under the sink which we would need to bring out to the pile when it would start to stink. We would just open the window and throw the stuff out the window into the pile. Along would come the chickens to eat and pick through it all. Every morning I was at the kitchen sink, looking out the window at our chickens at the edge of the compost bin looking right back at me. We were both thinking… what’s for breakfast? It was very clean and expedient and we never turned our compost pile once in three years.

Now I am establishing a fenced corridor between the chicken coop and run and the compost pile. This way I can let them go to the pile and back without wondering around the garden. Since we are talking about backyard chickens, it also gives them access to rich grazing territory without needing to take up a lot of space. Think about it yourself when it’s time to locate your compost pile or chicken coop.

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  1. The Green Garden Gal

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  4. ASTONNOTSA

    NEW TO CHICKENS AND COMPOSTING… SO WHEN I START OFF I WANT TO CONNECT COOP AND COMPOST..BUT NOT SUSRE HOW MUCH SPACE THE CHICKENS ACTUALLY NEED OR WHAT THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF CHICKENS IS- FOR A FAMILY OF 4 COMPOST PILE. SORRY ABOUT THE CAPS- IT’S STUCK ON :) THANKS!!

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