Here’s a fact: A single hen can keep over 100 pounds of bio-waste (leftovers, fruit and veggie peelings, bread crusts, stuff starting to “turn” in the fridge) from our city landfill, per year. Add to that the hundreds of pounds of untreated grass clippings and autumn leaves, and you are looking at a significant compostable volume of bio-mass. This goes from a greenhouse-gas-producing problem into a gardening solution.
Here’s another fact: Not everyone composts. Not everyone has the time, the space, or the inclination. That’s ok!
We know that a sack of composted poultry fertilizer is easily $15/bag in local stores. Unlike dog or cat waste which can get into our water table and cause problems, poultry waste composts easily, completely, and provides a very valuable fertilizer.
The Billings Backyard Hen Initiative (BBHI) has initiated and will maintain a list we’re calling the Compost Relocation Program… gardeners, master gardeners, community gardens, compost-producing locations all over the city and in the county. Responsible places where hen-keepers can “call before they haul” and bring their compost materials/hen bedding & waste for recycling into compost. If you are interested in being on this list, shoot TJ an email at HensInTheBackyard@hotmail.com!
Keep that bio-waste out of the city landfill, and put it in gardens (composted) where it belongs!! We have a beautiful city and backyard hens can further add to our fertile productivity!