Chickens are the most efficient composers we have found. Before we added chickens to our site, we had compost piles that we turned and watered on a regular basis, lots of work! Since 2008, we have been tossing our compostable material into the chicken yard, and within 24 hours, these ladies turn it into nitrogen rich compost for our carbon heavy environment. Besides composting, chickens are excellent tillers, turning the soil on a regular basis. We are very fortunate that La Montanita, our local food cooperative carries all oprganic feed which our ladies love, we also supplement them with organic greens. They produce nutrious and delicious eggs.