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Composting Chicken Manure

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With 20 chickens, I have a lot of chicken manure and straw bedding for the compost pile. Anybody know what a good material would be to add to the compost for countering all the poop? Thanks!
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We find that the mix of poop and straw is just about perfect in balance.  We don't pile it up except during the 4 months of the growing season.  The other 8  months it goes directly down on the fields and gets disked in. It gold!!!

 

 

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post #3 of 8

Chicken manure is a "green" and straw is a "brown"...perfect combination for a compost. We also add grass clippings, leaves, pine needles, garden clippings and dead plants, egg shells, coffee grounds, shredded paper (stay away from printed paper) and just about anything else we can think of, but stay away from any meat, dairy products, dog and cat poop.

Jim Guinn

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Jim Guinn

MoonShadows Farm LLC

View our three websites at:

www.MoonShadowsFarmLLC.com

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Thanks to you both!
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I heard no meat and no citrus in the compost so I have added some old cheese and pasta with cheese. Is this bad then since it's dairy?

Four hens and a Free Agent Peacock at the moment. We call him Kevin.

Buff Orpington - Sunny (Sweet and silly)

Easter Egger - Benedict (Small yet beautiful sold as an Ameraucauna)

Silver Laced Wyandotte - Florentine (Egg Laying Rooster)

Black Australorp - Omelet (Alpha Hen)

Oh, and the bottom of the pecking order, our Chihuahua, Oscar.

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Four hens and a Free Agent Peacock at the moment. We call him Kevin.

Buff Orpington - Sunny (Sweet and silly)

Easter Egger - Benedict (Small yet beautiful sold as an Ameraucauna)

Silver Laced Wyandotte - Florentine (Egg Laying Rooster)

Black Australorp - Omelet (Alpha Hen)

Oh, and the bottom of the pecking order, our Chihuahua, Oscar.

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I compost a bunch of citrus since I have 7 trees, just chop it into big chunks and mix it in with the wood shavings, chicken poop, grass clippings, cuttings, coffee grinds, and other green kitchen waste, if you have enough other items in your compost, a little pasta won't hurt. I wouldn't add anymore cheese though, unless you bury it in a huge pile.

Happy with my little starter flock here in the suburbs - 3 Cream Legbars and 2 Olive Eggers.

Trying to raise them as naturally as my circumstances permit!

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Happy with my little starter flock here in the suburbs - 3 Cream Legbars and 2 Olive Eggers.

Trying to raise them as naturally as my circumstances permit!

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post #7 of 8
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I have never heard to not put citrus in the compost. I wouldn't put cheese in the compost but also wouldn't bother digging out a small amount that got in there. I often figure a lot of the scraps I put in my compost get snacked by some vermin anyway.
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Good to know. So citrus ok, dairy and meat no.

Four hens and a Free Agent Peacock at the moment. We call him Kevin.

Buff Orpington - Sunny (Sweet and silly)

Easter Egger - Benedict (Small yet beautiful sold as an Ameraucauna)

Silver Laced Wyandotte - Florentine (Egg Laying Rooster)

Black Australorp - Omelet (Alpha Hen)

Oh, and the bottom of the pecking order, our Chihuahua, Oscar.

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Four hens and a Free Agent Peacock at the moment. We call him Kevin.

Buff Orpington - Sunny (Sweet and silly)

Easter Egger - Benedict (Small yet beautiful sold as an Ameraucauna)

Silver Laced Wyandotte - Florentine (Egg Laying Rooster)

Black Australorp - Omelet (Alpha Hen)

Oh, and the bottom of the pecking order, our Chihuahua, Oscar.

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