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Realllllllly Hot Cooking Compost!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Nifty-Chicken, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

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    I've been doing deep litter method and decided it was about time to clean it out and replace with some new shavings.

    So, on Thursday (2 days ago) I took all the poopy shavings, got them wet and mixed them with some cool compost. I mixed it all up and let it sit. I wasn't expecting much to happen since last time I did this nothing exciting happened.

    Well, I went out today to check on it and when I stuck a pitchfork inside I saw steam. I grabbed my thermometer and stuck it in to see this:

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    Well, the good news is that my poopy shavings should turn to compost much faster than I expected. The bad news.... all the tons of worms my chickens were looking forward to eating are probably cooked and/or moved out of the compost.
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Haha, yeah, that's what compost does. Make sure you don't end up with a small fire now. At school we've had the compost by the green house almost catch fire before. Just keep it mixed.
     
  3. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If you really want it to heat up, throw some horse manure in there! But yeah, SC is right... Keep it mixed so you don't have a fire!!!
     

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