All the chicken poop I added to the compost a month and a half ago is doing amazing things. It’s about halfway finished composting already and we’ll have another 10 cu. ft. of compost by the middle of the summer — unprecedented! But the truly cool thing is that it’s provided an environment for the growth of a huge colony of red wigglers, the much-sought-after composting worms. (Much sought-after in certain circles, anyway. Depends who you hang out with, I suppose.)
Three years ago we built a worm bin and purchased a pound of red wigglers to stock it. Our high quality food scraps went to the chickens, the middle grade stuff to the worms, and only a small quantity of the low-grade stuff went out to join the yard waste in the compost pile. This was a good strategy for keeping the bears and other wildlife at bay. Alas, the Abominable Dog dumped the worm bin, which we had been keeping in the carport at the time. Bye bye worms.
But now we’re rid of the dog, and coincidentally zillions of red wigglers have shown up in the compost pile. So I’ve restarted the bin. It’s chewed up a bit, courtesy of the aforementioned canine pest, but it’s still functional. I’ve been grabbing a handful of worms every few days to stock the worm bin. They seem happy in there. They’re starting to chow down on coffee grounds, grey guacamole and leftover pasta.