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Post  AZDYJ2K on 7/22/2011, 2:16 am

What proportion should manure be in a compost pile? I have access to goat, rabbit, horse and chicken manure and wanted to see how much I should put in my compost pile. Thanks.

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Re: Manure - proportions in a compost pile

Post  Britesea on 7/22/2011, 2:43 am

I've never worried about proportions for manure in a compost pile, just piled on as much as I could get. After 30 years of doing that on our old place, the soil was so incredible that I can remember digging 4 feet down and never hitting hardpan. This was in the San Jose area of CA... which is primarily adobe. I think the important thing is to get as much variety as you can.

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Post  LittleGardener on 7/22/2011, 12:16 pm

@Britesea wrote:
I've never worried about proportions for manure in a compost pile, just piled on as much as I could get.
After 30 years of doing that on our old place, the soil was so incredible
that I can remember digging 4 feet down and never hitting hardpan.
This was in the San Jose area of CA... which is primarily adobe.
I think the important thing is to get as much variety as you can.
That's been my experience too, one of many benefits to having a RURAL-home,
is usually lots of various kinds of poop are readily available: prolly Chicken is the best.

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Post  camprn on 7/22/2011, 2:02 pm

@AZDYJ2K wrote:What proportion should manure be in a compost pile? I have access to goat, rabbit, horse and chicken manure and wanted to see how much I should put in my compost pile. Thanks.
As much as you can get!

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Re: Manure - proportions in a compost pile

Post  teamhillbilly on 7/22/2011, 3:48 pm

I would guess 80% or better but remember you need grass clippings or leaf's or both Humm add some green to get the pile working8)


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