Composting the bedding?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by gilbert2, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. gilbert2

    gilbert2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, fellow duck lovers. I would like to ask if any of you has had any experience with a composting product. Recently at the feed store, I saw a spray bottle of a liquid that is supposed to aid in the decomposition of soiled bedding. I use a combination of straw, shavings, and cut up straw--basically whatever is on sale on my shopping day.
    My straw bedding is on a dirt base, which is usually very dry. As I have added more straw on top of the soiled material, the bedding layer gradually gets thicker. Right now it is about 2-3" deep.
    The bedding has gotten to the point of being smelly. Not wanting to change the bedding every other day (as some people do), I ask all of you if you have used any of the composting products I described above. What a pleasure it would be if I could knock down the smell and decompose the lower level of saturated straw.
    There is a world of combined knowledge here--I just hope to reach anyone who has experience with the composting stuff.
    Thanks![​IMG]
     
  2. kconners

    kconners New Egg

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    Take lower bedding out wash with garden hose. Let dry then put it back
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    For the night pen, I use pine shavings and daily I spend 15 minutes or so spot-picking, then stirring the bedding with a cultivator tool. In summer (more humid) I may add some Sweet PDZ when I do change the bedding out (but it could be a couple of weeks between changes, sometimes weekly depending on the weather.

    I know this isn't experience with that product, but it's what I can offer from my experience.
     
  4. gilbert2

    gilbert2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, but you missed the part where I said that under the straw bedding is DIRT. I can't very well wash the dirt. Thanks though, for responding. I do appreciate your effort.
     
  5. gilbert2

    gilbert2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Amiga, thank you for your comments. WHATEVER you say is valuable to me, since I respect your experience, generosity, and pure motives.
    I will remember what you said.
     
  6. gilbert2

    gilbert2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish I knew why my "replies" are posted as the start of a new thread. Am I doing something wrong? I merely clicked on "reply" and then "submit," but then I went on record as starting a new thread. Geez!
     

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