Question about bedding and composting . . .

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by library910, May 28, 2010.

  1. library910

    library910 In the Brooder

    Feb 11, 2010
    I plan on composting the soiled bedding from my coop, but I have read that the LAST thing you want to put in your compost bin is wood shavings--it takes way too long to compost. So now I'm trying to decide whether to switch to straw--which I know is not the optimum bedding. Has anyone had any experience with this issue?
  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    If you've got plenty of manure mixed into those shavings they'll compost pretty fast. As I recall the perfect mix is about a 40:1 carbon:nitrogen ratio.

    I don't compost bedding myself. It either goes straight into the garden and is turned under or is used around perennial plantings. If there is plenty of manure and it's turned under those shaving disappear pretty fast.
  3. patman75

    patman75 Songster

    As long as you have enough nitogen like chicken poop it will compost. If you want it to compost faster you can put it in a compost tumbler or a black platic garbage can with holes in it. The extra heat will speed up the composting even faster.
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Last edited: May 28, 2010

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