While figuring out exactly where to place the compost piles in the chickens' habitat is a work in process...I must say I am very impressed with their work over the past 2 years. And it really does keep them entertained. A chicken that cannot scratch is a bored and sad chicken. And as compost starts to get going and worms and bugs start hanging out in it....they just have a field day shredding and turning that compost, in search of an elusive earthworm.
Many folks have figured out a system that works for them, and many more seem in the experimental phase like me. Here's a fun gravity based composting run ..... Milkwood Gravity Run. The key of all of them seems pretty simple...add organic matter and let them go to town!
|Scritch Scritch, Scratch Scratch|
|"C'mon Girls...work it! Move those legs!"|
|1 season's worth of organic matter turned to compost|
|Compost dug out and ready for bed application|
|Deep leaf chicken bedding composting nicely...it's warm!|