Can I compost the pine shavings from the brooder?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cleoandtheo, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. cleoandtheo

    cleoandtheo Chillin' With My Peeps

    I hope this was the best place to post this question. Please forgive the rookie mistake, if not.

    I know I could usually add wood chips to the pile, and I definitely want to add the chicken droppings to the compost pile. But I thought I better check with the experts! [​IMG] Seems like I'm changing their chips frequently, as they get wet & smelly, and I hate to throw stuff in the trash.

    Would this be "brown" stuff in the compost, or "green" since it's wet?
  2. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    I use my shavings to put around my trees. Maybe, someone that uses them in a different way will come along and give you some good advice.

    I don't see why they couldn't be used.
  3. KandJsmama

    KandJsmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    I compost them!
  4. edselpdx

    edselpdx Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2008
    Portland, OR
    Chicken poop is GREAT compost additive. Lots of nitrogen, and will make a nice hot pile. Heck, that's part of the reason I wanted chickens! DON"T put fresh poo near growing plants though. It will actually burn them. Composted up though, it is brown (and white and green) gold. Let it compost and then age a month or so, and you're good to go. The shavings are "brown" (carbon) and the droppings are "green" (nitrogen) as far as your composting ratios go, but remember that those are "rules of thumb" only.
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2010
  5. Shay1327

    Shay1327 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2009
    Franklinville, NY
    I actually waited about six months and then layered it in my cold frame for additional heat. Shavings (and poo) from the brooder first, then finished compost, then garden soil. So far its working great! My lettuce, broccoli, carrots, spinach, onions, and garlic are thriving!

    When I do my change out cleanings during brooder season I usually just add it right to my compost pile. I have had awesome results with it so far.
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Quote:Chicken manure is high in N (Nitrogen) and pine shavings are high in C (Carbon), so they should compost on their own. If it starts to stink, you can add more C- matter. If it's not composting, you can add more N

    I have found that by the time the wood chips compost the chicken manure is next to dead so I use builders sand in the brooder and in the pens rather than wood product.

    As for your question "Would this be "brown" stuff in the compost, or "green" since it's wet" I would consider it brown...

    Last edited: Mar 22, 2010
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I agree. Consider it brown. The poo adds nitrogen, but the mixture is usually really high in carbon.

    As far as I am concerned, composting is the way to go. I would never put in the trash. It is too valuable as compost.
  8. gmachicken

    gmachicken Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Jan 18, 2010
    Grants Pass, OR
    [​IMG] What a find! I'd been wondering about the composting. What is builders sand and where would one get it. Would one just rake the poo. Back to the compost. Is it ok in regards to vegy gardening?

    This is not the right place but I have been changed to a Golden Feather. Do you know who bestows this as I didn't ask. I'm not understanding what it does for one. Let me know if you know. Thank you to whom ever!
  9. Daisygirl

    Daisygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2009
    New Zealand
    I just put shavings on the corn this morning...and they seem to be ok, since I've done this for a few months in a row...happy gardening!!!
  10. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    I put mine around my daylilies. Makes a great mulch.

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