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The Right Ingredients For a Chicken Compost

I love watching the steam come off his pile while he turns it…funny how he thinks it’s too hot- it isn’t.

Watching him turn the pile makes my back hurt!

Interesting observation about straw and hay being difficult for his chickens to rummage through.  I’d still take those materials over wood chips, but I’ve seen wood chips work a few times, even in videos I just previously posted.

I’m long overdue for some sawdust dumpster diving… time to make a video?  🙂

Quick Compost for West Africa (video)

quick compost for west africa

I now have a new item on my list for things to do before I die.  Creating a compost pile in West Africa is obviously not the same as making one here in west Philadelphia.  The mix of materials, the group effort, and especially the dancing during the compaction step makes this video so great to watch…this puts all my efforts to shame!

It’s great to observe the differences here… they aren’t adding shredded cardboard and paper to their pile.  Instead, they have large windrows filled with chicken and cow manure, sorghum chat, millet, etc.  Further, their soil is really acidic, so they add cook fire ash to help neutralize the process.  I have no doubt that they create beautiful compost, and I hope to one day participate in a massive compost pile construction like this!