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Ammonia smell with composting chicken poop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Karen27, Jun 3, 2016.

  1. Karen27

    Karen27 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi ,
    I am new to composting with chicken poop I just got a dual composting tumbler .I just noticed a ammonia smell today . Any advice on what to do I was going to add some more brown ingredients but I wasn't sure if I should just start over or not .

    Thanks,
    Karen
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd just add to it to even the mix out. It should be okay :)
     
  3. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Valley of the Sun :)

    add more brown materials and spray some water in then turn it-- allow air in

    if you doing it right there's an earth (wet dirt) like smell- and you can feel the heat when you are turning it

    this is why i don't use the deep litter method here.. since my chickens will be baking in arizona heat..

    my city has a composting program where they will provide compost bin for free. 1 per household or $5 each.

    the compost bin is pretty much the trash can that they cut in half and drilled 2-3 in size holes around the bin

    every day i'll put the manure from the coop and run in there and cover it with a layer of brown materials (usually dried leaves) and spray some water on it..i'll turn the pile every few days

    http://eartheasy.com/grow_compost.html
    https://www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home

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    Last edited: Jun 3, 2016
  4. Karen27

    Karen27 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok thats what I am getting fro you and the other guy that replied , Thanks !!
     
  5. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Valley of the Sun :)
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    you're welcome
     

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