02: Chicken Wire Compost Bin

If you’re new to composting and feeling overwhelmed by all the options, you’re in luck!

I’ve got a simple little project to share with you that’ll have you composting like a pro in no time.

From Pile To Bin

Initially, I started composting using a compost pile. 

However, this became challenging when I started to add bedding from the broiler coop.

compost pit with kitchen scraps and garden waste

Not only was the pile difficult to build up, but it was not heating up as I wanted. 

That’s when I came across the genius idea of using chicken wire to create a neat little composting bin. 

The Basics

Now, in terms of size, a compost bin needs to be about 1 cubic meter to heat up properly.

So, I bought a piece of chicken wire that measured about 3 feet wide and 13 feet long, which was just enough to do the job. 

Of course, a smaller pile can also heat up based on the material, but I stuck to the minimum recommendation.

Constructing The Compost Bin

Building the bin was relatively easy. I simply shaped the chicken wire into a circle, overlapping the ends a bit, and secured them with some tying wire.

Then came the fun part — filling the bin with different materials: shavings from the broiler coop, leaves, and kitchen scraps.

uncooked vegetable kitchen scraps

I did not stick to an exact ratio but tossed everything but the kitchen sink into the bin, adding water as I went along.

The First Challenge

Here’s where things got interesting… 

When it came time to turn the compost, I had to break down the bin, move it, and reassemble it. 

Let’s just say it was a bit of a workout! 

compost thermometer in hot compost pile

During this time, I was able to check on the compost regularly to ensure everything was cooking nicely.

The Result

After a few weeks of turning and tending to my compost, I had a beautiful batch ready to go. 

Sure, it took a bit longer than expected…But guess what? 

Wire Compost Bin

I was so hooked on composting that I built a second bin to keep the process going.

By the way, the finished compost contained various-sized pieces of material, so I had to sift it before using it in the garden.

compost for garden

Why I Moved On

After a few years, I decided to switch things up and try a more passive composting system.

For this, I ended up using the chicken wire in the construction. 

construction of demo chicken coop

But don’t get me wrong – these bins were a game-changer for me.

And I strongly recommend this system if you’re just getting started with composting.

Upcoming Tutorials

Are you ready to give it a try yourself?

Stay tuned for a step-by-step tutorial coming your way soon. 

image showing 5 beginner-friendly composting techniques

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Thanks for hanging out and learning about my composting adventures. 

Until next time, happy composting!