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Should I use compost activator?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by HortenseCumberbatch, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. HortenseCumberbatch

    HortenseCumberbatch In the Brooder

    Jun 15, 2011
    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 Songster

    Nov 10, 2010
    Congress, AZ
    My Coop
    Shouldn't have to add anything. Poo is full of organic decomposers.
  3. saladin

    saladin Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
    the South
    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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