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Compost question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kuntrychick, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure this is the right place for this, but just a couple questions regarding composting.

    I've got some chicks in a watermelon box brooder (gonna try to get them a coop up ASAP cause they're getting big fast). Anyway, at first I had the little galvanized feeder with the plastic bottle on top. It was fine when they were very young, but as soon as they started running everywhere & flying around, they would knock the plastic bottle off spilling (wasting) the food all in the shavings.

    Then, I went to one of those long tray feeders (whatever they're called) put up on blocks, it was working better (less waste) but still shavings kept getting in it & they would seem like they thought they were out of food. I would pick the shavings out & refill it. Then, they started getting on top of this feeder as well & would turn it upside down into the shavings. Needless to say, every time I cleaned out the brooder shavings, it was FULL of food underneath.

    For right now, I've just got all of litter (food & all) in a trash can. Is it ok to put this in the compost? I mean, there is probably 10+ pounds of food in there (guessing).

    I did fix the wasting food issue now. [​IMG]

    Also, I had attempted to give them a little dust bathing area of sand. I just put the sand in one of those cardboard boxes that bottled water comes in. It got FULL of shavings as well.

    So, I've got a bunch of shavings mixed with chicken poop (a lot of the shavings look really fresh though because of cleaning it out so much), feed, & sand all mixed together in a trash can that I wasn't sure what to do with.

    Sorry so long. Thanks in advance for any advice.
     
  2. the Pollo Loco

    the Pollo Loco Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for that link (I bookmarked it). But yes, I have a composter we bought at Sam's. It is elevated on a stand & is easy to turn the drum. I just wasn't sure if it's ok to put the feed & sand in there.
     
  4. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    The feed and pine shavings are fine. Sand probably won't hurt anything but it will add weight the to the bin if you keep adding it. I compost my chicken poop and all my shavings and I've got a good, productive pile going.
     
  5. peachachecha

    peachachecha Out Of The Brooder

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    I am glad this issue came up. I have a question though. I have been putting the poop and shavings I have collected on the area where I grow a few vegetables. I plan on turning it all over and did not think it would hurt now since it would have all winter to decompose. Will this work or should I rake up what I can and put it in a compost pile? I am new at this and had heard chicken poo was wonderful for your vegetable garden, just did not realize it had to be placed in a compost first.
     
  6. the Pollo Loco

    the Pollo Loco Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. peachachecha

    peachachecha Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks, I guess I will go out and rake up what I have put on the garden and place it in the compost bin. This forum is so helpful - I have learned so much as I stumble along.
     
  8. TN_BIRD

    TN_BIRD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes.

    You can add it to the compost pile.
     
  9. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    remember that compost process will not start until covered with suitable dirt. Tear up cardboard and some straw and veggies and mix it up. Keep covering with dirt as you add more compost.

    As far as food waste place a food pan under the feeder.
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