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can someone point me in the direction of how 2 compost chicken poop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by backdoorchicken, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. backdoorchicken

    backdoorchicken Songster

    Jul 14, 2009
    newport news va
    like the best way, how long to compost before using, what else to mix with it, etc, etc,

    is there a thread or site with instructions?


  2. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Songster

    Mar 26, 2009
    I have a whole dug in the ground and I put in chicken waste, food peelings or leftovers, such as veggies or fruit. Then we also put in fish pieces, after a good catch:) also grass clippings or leafs and over time it turns into wonderful compost and you just keep mixing it and adding to it......It's great compost!

    There's an interesting link for you! Good luck
  3. StupidBird

    StupidBird Songster

    Apr 8, 2009
    Nice composting site/page. How long should chicken manure and chicken bedding be left to compost, or age, until it is safe for the food garden? In my compost it gets mixed with lots of other items, grass clippings, kitchen waste, leaves, spoiled hay, etc. After it breaks down a few months in this mix, weathering and all, I figure its not to hot (too much nitrogen) to go around plants or in seed beds, but what about the "cooties" as so eloquently put by other posters? I would never compost litter from sick animals.
  4. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Songster

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    I have two compost piles/bins....one for yard clippings, scraps, coffee grounds etc that gets chicken poop added in between. The other one is for the old shavings/straw/poop that gets cleaned out. And whatever melonrinds and squash remnants are in the run goes right with it. I occasionally add some yard clippings and old tomatoplants to that too. It breaks down nicely over a few months and then it' going to go in the garden. I think you can find some more info though if you use the search button in the right upper corner...It depends on the weather, location and type of pile or bin and maintaining enough but not too mmuch mosture and turning/not turning the pile how fast it will break down. I am lazy and don't do a lot as far as turning and my black plastic bin is slower to compost than the open pil dring the summer. The "coop/run cleanup pile breaks down well over the summer here in WI
  5. thebritt

    thebritt Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    Humboldt County
    Add ag lime, as well. It adds calcium and "sweetens" the pile (just as it does for the coop) - reduces odor,and flies and speeds up the process.

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