Realllllllly Hot Cooking Compost!

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

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

    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:


    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

    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 Crowing

    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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