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Post  Bec on 6/9/2010, 8:00 am

I just got a source for free Emu manure. Yea!!! I don't know yet it any of it is aged. So when I get it I know I can't put it directly into my compost because from what I've read it takes a lot of nitrogen out of your compost to decompose the manure. That being said, how do I age the manure? Just spread it out on my lawn??? And won't it stink? Need some direction here. Sorry if this sounds petty or dumb but I've always bought my manure before and I want to do this right (so I have good enriched compost) and would like to do it with as little bad odor as possible.

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Post  LaFee on 6/9/2010, 8:48 am

I found this page:

http://seattletilth.org/learn/resources-1/city-chickens/compostingchickenmanure

I know..chickens and emus aren't the same...but I figured "chicken" might be closer than cow or horse...(heh...said like I have any idea...there was a site that didn't have any other relevant info than that emu droppings are nearly the size of a cow's!)

If you spread it out on your lawn, it will burn your grass, then decompose into the soil of your yard...which will be great for your yard, but you'll have no easy way to gather it to use in yor garden.

Looks like composting it just like you compost everything else is your answer.

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Post  Bec on 6/9/2010, 9:10 am

Thank you LaFee. Good information. From what I can tell, you don't need to age the manure before putting it in the compost - just dry it somewhat so the moisture content of the compost doesn't get too high.

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Post  Bec on 6/9/2010, 1:06 pm

I just found out that there is an unlimited supply of manure available - and much of it already aged! They never harvest it. Also have caged peacocks so I can get peacock poo too! This is so great! Told a friend that came to one of my SFG classes about it so now she can have an unlimited supply for her compost too. I think I'm going to have to start a 2nd compost pile now. 2 compost piles - how great is that!

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Post  boffer on 6/9/2010, 1:18 pm

@Bec wrote:...I'm going to have to start a 2nd compost pile now. 2 compost piles - how great is that!
yahoo I guess you've 'made' it! Kinda like being able to have a second car or bathroom Wink

(it is convenient having more than one compost pile)
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Post  LaFee on 6/9/2010, 1:25 pm

and you get the snob appeal of saying your garden is fertilized with peacock poo

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Post  Bec on 6/9/2010, 2:53 pm

Oh - you guys are too funny!

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Post  Bec on 6/9/2010, 3:05 pm

I'm also getting coffee grounds 3 days a week from a local coffee shop (about 12 gallons worth a week) and vegie scraps from a local health food sandwich shop - mostly carrot shavings with a little other vegie scraps thrown in (also about 12 gallons worth a week). Then after our landlord mows our yard and the grass dries out I rake it up and also add that - plus some cardboard and soon some shredded newspaper. And of course our kitchen scraps. In the fall I can add fallen leaves. I'm hoping to find more produce to add but other than that I'm pleased with how it's going. I did have hundreds or thousands of worms in their but this mixture got so hot almost all of them I presume died because they're gone. Hopefully when the pile cools down worms will come back. There will probably be loads of worms in the manure so that's an excellent thing. Not sure how I can keep them alive though with all the heat that will be occuring in the compost.

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