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12Bore



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 11 10:29 pm    Post subject: Chicken waste question  Reply with quote    

Prolly a daft question, but chicken bedding straw/poo etc, is it ok to compost?

T.G



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 11 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

yes

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 11 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Certainly, it was one of the main reasons we got our hens.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 11 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It'll take a little while, though - the white bits are urea, which is high in ammonia.

You might be better off using something like hemcore or fennington fibre rather than straw, as that is quicker to compost (Kirstyfern put me on to that!)

Nicky Colour it green



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 11 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

we use newspaper in the bottom of the hen house.. then roll that up poo and all and bung it on the compost. Composts really well.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 11 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thank you, where else could you ask a question like that at 10.30 on a Friday night, and get sensible answers?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 11 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you have a shredder (or do it by hand), you can shred up household paper waste and use that, it will rot and compost with the chicken muck (plus its free)

12Bore



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 11 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ooh, plenty of that at work

T.G



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 11 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm sure you know this, but just make sure it's not shinny

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 11 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

[quote="Chez:1181774"]It'll take a little while, though - the white bits are urea, which is high in ammonia.

Urea is also high in Nitrogen.

Some Urea fertilizers are 46% Nitrogen.

12Bore



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 11 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

T.G wrote:
I'm sure you know this, but just make sure it's not shinny

Ouch, chicken Izal!

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 11 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

fermented in a tub is good with chook muck

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 11 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This is slightly off topic but, we had a program over here on one of the cable networks recently about preppers. A family out west had a swiming pool that they converted to be sort of self sustaining.

They had chickens in their pens sort of suspended over the pool, and the droppings could fall through and feed fish. The fish water also contained edible duck weed.

I don't remember if they fed the duck weed back to the chickens, but that would complete the circle.

My mom would take old chicken manure and make a slurry to feed garden plants. Chicken poop soup we called it

oldish chris



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 11 8:33 am    Post subject: Re: Chicken waste question Reply with quote    

12Bore wrote:
Prolly a daft question, but chicken bedding straw/poo etc, is it ok to compost?
no don't do it, you'll get mutant ninja potatoes.

ros



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 11 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Kenworth wrote:
This is slightly off topic but, we had a program over here on one of the cable networks recently about preppers. A family out west had a swiming pool that they converted to be sort of self sustaining.

They had chickens in their pens sort of suspended over the pool, and the droppings could fall through and feed fish. The fish water also contained edible duck weed.

I don't remember if they fed the duck weed back to the chickens, but that would complete the circle.

My mom would take old chicken manure and make a slurry to feed garden plants. Chicken poop soup we called it


The swimming pool idea just sounds revolting

what is a prepper?

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