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    Default Composting chicken bedding

    We've just brought our four new hens home (yay! Eggsmeralda, Dobby, Henrietta and Mama Oeuf the Second), and I have lined their nest boxes with straw and the floor of the coop with shavings. Can I put all of this (droppings and all) into the compost bin?

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    Yes!!!!!!!!!
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    haha yes, it's amazing stuff
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    Welcome to the new chooks
    I compost in their run! Add all the used bedding to their covered run (about 15' x 10') and all sorts of greens, weeds and shredded paper - and let them turn it for me. Once it looks OK, I clean it out and use it on the garden - and start again.

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    I add mine to our dalek, but I have to admit I find it a bit slow to compost down.

    Any suggestions? I can't adopt VC's approach as the chickens free range a lot of the day and the dogs would make short work of any chicken poo (dogs do have some ghastly habits...). Can it be used direct as a mulch or is it a bit strong for that?
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    My chooks are out of the run when I'm out too - and you're right about the dogs ghastly habits.
    Snoop, can you spread it on a bed to overwinter in situ - then plant in it in spring?
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    ^Yes, thanks, that's a possibility for next year at least.
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    I've been using the bedding as a mulch. It's excellent stuff.
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