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How do y'all manage manure?
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Tom A    Posted 02-25-2003 at 04:00:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I pretty sure I don't manage manure very well--seems like I'm forking it from pile to pile most of the time. Was wondering how everyone else does it.

I have a very small operation: 50 chickens, a dozen goats, few sheep, mule and donkey.

In the barn, I fork out manure daily to a pile in the barnyard where it sits until I can get the spreader in (hilly, so the ground has to be pretty dry) so I can fork it into the spreader and then I go spread it. In the coop, we scoop all the litter into old feed sacks about every 2 weeks and then, weather permitting, take it to the compost pile and dump it on. If the ground is too wet to get it that far, I move the sacks by hand to a storage shed and let it sit there until the ground firms up. Can't put it on the barn manure pile because there's enough spilled chicken feed in it that the barn critters eat at it! (yech).

So any advice or ideas to do it more efficiently?


Fawteen    Posted 02-25-2003 at 05:24:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I compost it. Chicken manure/litter, sheep and llama manure/bedding and I truck in (really!) 4 or 5 loads of horse manure every year.

The pile is in an area were I can restrict access, except for the chickens, who root through it looking for bugs and such.

Once composted, I use some on my pastures and garden, and sell the rest. I can sell all I can make, gardeners love the stuff.

I can tell you more than you ever wanted to know about composting if you're interested.

Les...fortunate    Posted 02-25-2003 at 04:07:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like you need to hire a manure consultant. I'd be happy to help you out for a week or so. Your cost to me would only be $500/day plus travel expenses.


sounds to me    Posted 02-25-2003 at 04:30:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
like you are an expert at moving manure, and I really don't need any *more* here, I'm trying to get rid of it! :-)

thanks for the offer, though, Les!


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