It was time for a bit of Fall cleaning in the animal housing this weekend. We emptied the chicken coop on Saturday, and the rabbit pen on Sunday. And before that, I of course emptied the compost. Wasn't as cooked as I would have liked it, but the stuff will have a lot of time to mature in it's cage, I've got a cubic foot of ready cooked compost to use before I need to dig into this new batch.
I started with basically an empty compost (I had dumped a bit of bunny bedding and the soil from four tomato pots earlier in the week). I properly wet between layers when adding all the spent bedding from the chicken coop and the bunny pen, pouring about a total of maybe 150 liters (40 gallons) of water in the bin. I also had about a gallon of kitchen stuff that had been maturing inside, ready to prime the compost. And I added some of the previous batch back in between layers. Yesterday the temp was 10C (50F) in the box, with outside temperature being about 5C (40F). This morning, even though we were around freezing all night, the bin had heated to 35C (95F) measured at the top of the bin. I think this is going to be quite a quick batch. I'm going to have to mix it a lot though, to get everything out of the heat.
Karin isn't too happy though. Apparently "the compost smells 50 feet away" or something. Silly her, that's just nature at work!
@aart Did you get around to making those lovely big piles already?