I use a circle of rabbit fence. Just toss the waste in - I add all my appropriate kitchen scraps, rabbit bedding, chicken bedding, garden waste. Turn it with a pitchfork every week or two and keep it moist. I can't see spending over a hundred bucks for one that is too small anyway - but that's just me - Referring to a tumbler model. I have four circles going right now. Two are slow cookers which I don't turn or anything. They'll finish eventually.
I live in the woods so I just picked a spot and started dumping the bedding and whatever kitchen scraps I cant feed the flock in it. I dont turn it ( though I should) but the chickens dig in it. Last year I guess I threw some corn in it or something cause I have 5 huge corn stalks growing scatered in the compost pile. This year if the ground ever thaws and it stops snowing I will be spreading the pile over to where I'm planting field corn for the flock.
I used to toss in an area but now I cannot dig anymore. I purchased three LifeTime compost bins. They are awesome. They are tumblers on a stand. And they are easy to rotate. I toss scrapes in and tumble daily. then after 6-8 weeks they are ready. I found two on Craigslist cheap and I purchased one new. They go from 65 gallons to 85 gallons I believe.
i am with the circle of fence. I prefer to use the orange b-netting from a construction project left over. It has the right size holes to allow the finished material to tumble out and be spread where I want. make sure you keep moist, turn often and keep a good balance of greens in there with all the woody bedding
Keeping the dirt moist was hard for me. It is so hot out here right now and now we are on water restriction. That is why I have the composters. I just add a little wet material or water when they get on the dry side.
Well, I can tell you that if you're in the country and just do a pile on the ground all the wild critters hear about it and raid the compost pile for the good stuff, like potato peels, old potatoes, peaches.