Composting Pine Pellets

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by operator16, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. operator16

    operator16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can I do it? The chicks are outside, but my brooders sit in our shop still filled with lots of poop and 1/2 broken down pine pellets. Can I dump all of that into my compost pile?
     
  2. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Just make sure you add extra moisture to the pile. Those things really soak it up.
     
  3. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Mine self-compost when it rains. It's true that they soak up a lot of moisture, but they compost way faster than the pine chips!!
     
  4. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I use them as kitty litter. Really keeps the smell down. But I don't compost the kitty litter.
     
  5. LittleChocobo

    LittleChocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The packaging says that they're ready for composting, and that's what we do with the pellets we use in the horse stalls - they go into the manure pile, which is waiting to break down a bit before being spread. But, as people have been saying, they absorb a lot of moisture. They break down a lot easier with the moisture, too, so if you let them soak in water or dump some water into the compost heap, they'll be falling apart.
     

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