Procrastinator that I am, I prefer to just keep adding straw to the chicken coop to keep it relatively fresh. I do one big mucking-out a year.
This was the weekend. Six wheelbarrows-full of the stuff. Amazing rich, half-composted, nitrogen-laden stuff it is, mixed nicely with half-rotted straw. Mixed in with a little bit of grass-clippings it completely filled two of our three compost bays.
For the rest of the summer we’ll keep it damp and mostly covered, adding yard waste and food scraps now and then. By next spring it’ll be finished and we’ll have three or four heaping wheelbarrows of dark amazing compost.
Now — off to the sun shower!