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Composting Chicken Manure

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by UrbanCrestFarm, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. UrbanCrestFarm

    UrbanCrestFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    With 20 chickens, I have a lot of chicken manure and straw bedding for the compost pile. Anybody know what a good material would be to add to the compost for countering all the poop? Thanks!
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    We find that the mix of poop and straw is just about perfect in balance. We don't pile it up except during the 4 months of the growing season. The other 8 months it goes directly down on the fields and gets disked in. It gold!!!
     
  3. MoonShadows

    MoonShadows The Jam Man

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    Chicken manure is a "green" and straw is a "brown"...perfect combination for a compost. We also add grass clippings, leaves, pine needles, garden clippings and dead plants, egg shells, coffee grounds, shredded paper (stay away from printed paper) and just about anything else we can think of, but stay away from any meat, dairy products, dog and cat poop.
     
  4. UrbanCrestFarm

    UrbanCrestFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks to you both!
     
  5. sn0wwhite

    sn0wwhite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard no meat and no citrus in the compost so I have added some old cheese and pasta with cheese. Is this bad then since it's dairy?
     
  6. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

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    I compost a bunch of citrus since I have 7 trees, just chop it into big chunks and mix it in with the wood shavings, chicken poop, grass clippings, cuttings, coffee grinds, and other green kitchen waste, if you have enough other items in your compost, a little pasta won't hurt. I wouldn't add anymore cheese though, unless you bury it in a huge pile.
     
  7. UrbanCrestFarm

    UrbanCrestFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I have never heard to not put citrus in the compost. I wouldn't put cheese in the compost but also wouldn't bother digging out a small amount that got in there. I often figure a lot of the scraps I put in my compost get snacked by some vermin anyway.
     
  8. sn0wwhite

    sn0wwhite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good to know. So citrus ok, dairy and meat no.
     

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