Compost Questions

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by Hillschicks, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. Hillschicks

    Hillschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Having chickens leads inevitably to one thing... Wth do we do with the poop?!? Well, we have decided to compost it... Which leads me to two questions

    Question number 1 - besides chicken poop and our chosen bedding, what are some good things to add to a compost pile for optimal results?

    Question number 2 - coffee grounds are acceptable compost material ive read, but what about the coffee filter?? Can that be thrown right in as well??
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    If I use the unbleached filters I add those as well.
    Any animal or plant product can be composted.
    I know they say not to compost animal products but if you have enough brown material it works well.
    I actually returned to chicken raising primarily for the manure.
    I use deep litter and around 3 months or so I pull all the bedding out and compost it, then replace with new pine shavings.
     
  3. 32bantam

    32bantam Out Of The Brooder

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    How long does the chicken poop have to be composted before it can be used in the garden?
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    It depends on the size of the pile, frequency of turning, moisture and how hot it gets. If the pile is large enough, has a good ratio of nitrogen to carbon, kept moist but not wet, turned perhaps once a week or more often if you have the ability it will heat unbelieveably.
    In that scenario it can be ready in a couple months.
    The turning feeds oxygen to the aerobic bacteria. Drying out puts the skids on it.
    The main mistake most people make is to have a pile that is too small. If that's the case it could take 6 months.
     

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