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Post  llama momma on 9/14/2011, 10:39 am

Since animal hair is high in protein can it be composted? I am speaking of parasite- free hair from my cats and my llamas. Does anyone know?

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 9/14/2011, 10:54 am

Yes, and I don't think parasites like fleas matter. There's no living animal to bite in your compost....they will go elsewhere searching for food.


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Post  llama momma on 9/14/2011, 11:17 am

Thanks BBG !

Did a little searching online after posting the question. One article even claimed that Human Hair has 30 times the nitrogen of manure and the local hairdresser should be able to easily provide a couple pounds of this stuff. Interesting!

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Post  littlesapphire on 9/14/2011, 11:25 am

I've heard that, too, that hair and nail clippings are actually good for your compost pile. Who knew?

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Post  llama momma on 9/14/2011, 11:39 am

Yes but I'm afraid my husband would have me committed if i said scuse me hon, I have to go trim my hair and cut my nails and toe nails over at the compost heap.... hah, at some point this all gets a little weird, Shocked Yes then there's the urine thing too!

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Post  camprn on 9/14/2011, 12:00 pm

A lot of hair that comes from salon is chemically treated. Not so much, from the barber shop. What a Face

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Post  llama momma on 9/14/2011, 12:48 pm

Eeww, chemicals on the hair, which ones break down and which don't... Yes that kind ends it for me re: hair dresser. I'll stay with cat hair and extra llama fiber that isn't sold to spinners. Thanks Camprn ! Laughing

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Post  Goosegirl on 9/14/2011, 9:20 pm

I have started saving the vacuum bag from our little Mighty Mite for the compost bin because it is used exclusively to vacuum up the hair when I cut Hubby's mop. Does anyone know if gray has more nitrogen? Razz

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Post  boffer on 9/14/2011, 9:25 pm

@Goosegirl wrote: Does anyone know if gray has more nitrogen? Razz
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My wife cuts my hair too, and the grayer it gets, the faster it grows...we both hate that! (I think it's the protein, and not the nitrogen.)

We just throw it into the grass for the birds and mice to use in their nests.

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Post  westie42 on 9/14/2011, 11:51 pm

No, Nitrogen heads the other direction.

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Post  AprilakaCCIL on 9/14/2011, 11:59 pm

can flower plants that are not harmful go in the compost bin?

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Post  westie42 on 9/15/2011, 12:08 am

Sure but if they have much of a tough stalk it would be best to chop them up a little and you may get some volunteer flower plants from it too. If you can find comfrey plants they are dynomite stuff for compost as are numerous different plants, variety is a good thing. Compost provides evidence that there is life after death.

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