clydesdaleclopper Hatfield wrote:This would get round the regulations preventing me from feeding them kitchen scraps...
Jami McBride wrote:My compost bins worked. It sounds like you had some bad experiences, but what your saying was not my experience at all.
Could have something to do with the total number of chickens too.
Ken Peavey wrote:
Issue: Chicken poisons
The sort of inputs in my compost, as far as I know, are harmless to chickens. Leaves, spoiled hay, a sack of rotted deer corn, cow manure, chicken manure, a couple of dead chickens, a dead possum, weeds that I bothered to pull, crop residue, and that jar of something that was way in the back of the fridge.
Tyler Ludens wrote:I'd like to do more composting in the chicken run but I've found if I put much organic material in the run it becomes saturated and anaerobic after heavy rains. This seemed to especially happen with hay. Would adding wood chips help do you think, or make it worse by absorbing too much moisture? I'd really like to be able to integrate the chickens into a more useful function. Right now my chickens are mostly a huge pain in the neck because I don't have them working for me.
Beth Mouse wrote:Every morning I empty my countertop compost container in the chicken yard and on top of my compost heap (which is pallet style and the chickens can climb up and into it). But there are SO many wasps this time of year, when I throw my kitchen scraps on the heap, immediately they are covered in wasps. The chickens don't seem very interested in fighting the hordeing wasps for the food. I don't cover the kitchen scraps immediately with leaf litter I collected last winter (and keep nearby in a metal garbage can) because I wanted the chickens to be able to eat the yummy kitchen scraps before being covered. If I do cover it, will the chickens scratch under for the food scraps...but then the wasps will find it as well. Any thoughts?
Ann Savage wrote:Hello,
I know this is an old post but I hope someone sees it and responds. I've been doing a deep litter method for years in my chicken run; I've never liked the packed down dirt look of a run, and my hens lay great all year long. I put oak and maple leaves, pine needles, pine shavings, leftovers we won't eat, compost materials and grass clippings in there. From time to time I buy bales of straw to do a nice cover over everything. This has been the case for nearly 5 years. This year, however, I noticed loads of worms in the run. I'm talking L.O.A.D.S. I thought they were baby earthworms at first, but they are all about an inch or so long and rather thin, and one end looks orangish/brownish like a maggot. If I go in with a garden fork and start digging out I can be in what seems to be more worm than earth...but the earthy material is great, seems like perfect compost. I'm just wondering what kind of worms these are and should I be worried? It is kind of sick looking and the first time I saw the worms, I put diatomaceous earth on them b/c they were all next to my coop. This latest spot is far from the coop and so I'm realizing this is part of the entire run now. I'd love any advice. I've never been keen on worm composting b/c worms are disgusting, but for now I've put a lot of this on top of my leaf pile which is to help cover my potatoes this summer as they grow. Thanks for any input.