How to Compost Chicken Droppings


Three ingredients are needed for a composting pile: organic materials, fertilizer and soil. Manure is the best all-natural fertilizer you can use. If you have chickens, you will want to collect their manure and add it to your compost pile. According to Seattle Tilth, a non-profit organic gardening and urban ecology organization, chicken manure provides soil with nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, and it increases the soil's capacity to hold water. It is important to add the chicken manure to your compost pile correctly, so that you do not have too much nitrogen.

Step 1

Set up a compost bin in an area of your property that gets a good amount of sunlight. It is important that the ingredients in the compost bin get hot so that they can kill off any bad microorganisms.

Step 2

Place a layer of organic materials on the bottom of your compost bin. The University of Missouri Extension recommends using 6 to 8 inches of organic materials. These can include grass clippings, coffee grinds, raked leaves, tea bags, vegetable scraps, fruit scraps and shredded paper.

Step 3

Water your organic materials until they become moist. It is better to water after applying each layer so that all of the layers are moist but they do not become completely soaked.

Step 4

Place a layer of chicken manure in your compost bin. The University of Missouri Extension recommends the layer be 1 to 2 inches thick. This keeps the carbon and nitrogen ratio in balance.

Step 5

Water your layer of chicken manure until moist.

Step 6

Add a layer of soil on top of the layer of chicken manure. The University of Missouri says this layer should be 1 inch thick.

Step 7

Water your layer of soil until moist.

Step 8

Repeat the layers until your compost bin is full.

Step 9

Mix the layers in your compost pile together with a shovel. This aerates the pile and increases the rate at which the ingredients decompose. Continue to mix the pile once each week, until the compost is ready to use. The compost is ready once the ingredients appear all brown in color and break apart when you pick them up.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not compost pet (dog or cat) feces . Do not place the chicken manure directly on the soil surface of the vegetable and flower beds. It is too strong if not diluted in a compost.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost bin
  • Organic materials
  • Soil
  • Shovel


  • Seattle Tilth: Composting Chicken Manure
  • University of Missouri Extension: Making and Using Compost
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