Should I use compost activator?

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  1. HortenseCumberbatch

    HortenseCumberbatch Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there. I'm using pine shavings in my coop but I'd like to use the poop in my garden next year. Should I use compost activator where I store the poopy shavings to get it to decompose quicker? I've read garden lime is something I could mix with.
     
  2. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shouldn't have to add anything. Poo is full of organic decomposers.
     
  3. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pine shavings will deplete the compost of Nitrogen. I would not use pine shaving in the garden unless they have been fully composted for a year or more. It takes a while to break them down. The Chicken manure may or may not have the Nitrogen needed to do the job: it depends on how much manure is present. Also, the compost would need to be wet to help it get started.

    Ammonium Nitrate added to the shavings would do the trick.
     

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