composting...

Discussion in 'General Chicken Discussion' started by Shalva, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. Shalva

    Shalva New Member

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    what do you all do for composting bedding??? do you do open air composting or a compost bin...

    we are trying to figure this out now and I could use some insight as to what you all do with your dirty bedding.

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  2. Apyl

    Apyl New Member

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    I just throw my bedding in a pile in the trees. Next spring I will move it and till it into my garden area. I also put used bedding on my potato plants to help keep them moist since we are in a drought right now. Oh also I use straw/hay as bedding, just all depends what is available.
     

  3. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    Open air composting here ... Chicken, sheep & horse poop & bedding all in one pile turned a few times with the tractor and put on the garden at the end of the season and start all over again. :D
     
  4. Apyl

    Apyl New Member

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    Is it better to put the compost on the garden at the end of the year rather than in spring? This is my first year with compost so I just figured it went on in the spring when everything got tilled.
     
  5. rob

    rob New Member

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    i have 2 compost bins. one for the bedding and dropping's the other for general waste.
     
  6. trey1432

    trey1432 New Member

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    One compost for everything - yard, chicken, veggies, etc. At the end of the garden season, we till it all in the ground. The smell is controlled too.
     
  7. dbbd1

    dbbd1 New Member

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    Black, round mesh-type plastic bin. Till it in the spring.
     
  8. midgetfarms

    midgetfarms New Member

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    I dont think it Matters if you compost spring or fall. Just dont put raw uncomposted material on in spring. The process of composting can kill veggies.
     
  9. Elkie1

    Elkie1 Rookie Chicken Wrangler

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    Open air. I use 4 pallets with eye hooks to make a box with an open top and dumb everything inside. When it's time to use it, just undo the hooks. I put almost everything in it, but I have a smaller one that I use for kitchen waste, mainly cause it's closer to the house. It's just a circle of mesh wire. I periodically put a little bit of chicken wood shavings in it for "brown material."
     
  10. CMCLB

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    We have the space so I just started a pile. We throw in straw coop bedding, grass clippings, leaves, kitchen waste (no meat products), egg shells, coffee grounds & filters. We don't turn it often. We've been watering it some because of the drought conditions. We don't have the garden in yet because we just got this place. I'll till it in in the Fall to prep the garden spot for next summer.