Volume is the key for hot compost throughout the year… manure and urine are great additions when you have a large pile, too.
Edible Acres is back with another ‘chickens hanging out around the compost’ video- this time at 1F!
I love these chickens.
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? 🙂
I learned a lot about chickens in this video, and it’s making me want to move out of the city just to have a gigantic compost pile and some chickens.
My respiratory system is crying watching him breathe in all that dust!
I bet his air quality is still compost-loads better than mine here in the city, though…
-Compost piles need moisture to get started.
-Volume is critical to successful, high quality compost.
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!