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post #1 of 5 Old 04-28-2012, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for advice and opinions on composting!

I am not a horse person. I am designing a barn and facilities for my daughter. I read on U of Wisc website about the design of compst bins. I am having a 6 X 18 concrete slab put down with six 6X6 posts spread evenly around the perimeter leaving me with 3 6'X6'X6' compost bins. The facility will house at most 5 horses.
I read about turning the manure with a tractor or adding perforated pvc pipes to increase arreation. I also read about just leaving the pile set, letting it "age" on its own!
I would appreciate some "real world" advice!
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-28-2012, 11:03 AM
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I let mine age on its own & the people that come pick it up love my composted manure. Its my 11 yr old daughters job to pile it and she usual does a great job. My only advice is if the pile is against tin then it will need extra protection because the salt content is high and will eat away at it over time. I noticed it takes a large pile around 3 months to burn itself and leach out the salt.
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-28-2012, 03:19 PM
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take that 6X18 foot area save your concrete money and build a chicken coop, Get a couple dozen jersey giant chickens. Feed your horses textured food or add a small handful of barly to their feed. Never pick up manure again other than the small amount of bedding and chicken poo, which you can scatter on field once a month.
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-02-2012, 12:33 AM
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I wrote an instructable about this that might be helpful!

Building a forced air composting system
Building a forced air composting system

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I am not a horse person. I am designing a barn and facilities for my daughter. I read on U of Wisc website about the design of compst bins. I am having a 6 X 18 concrete slab put down with six 6X6 posts spread evenly around the perimeter leaving me with 3 6'X6'X6' compost bins. The facility will house at most 5 horses.
I read about turning the manure with a tractor or adding perforated pvc pipes to increase arreation. I also read about just leaving the pile set, letting it "age" on its own!
I would appreciate some "real world" advice!
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-02-2012, 01:35 AM
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I have 2 bins as you call them.
They both sit on the ground, just bordered with scrap pallets i picked up.
The downside to pallets is that sometimes theyre treated, and unless you know what you're looking for, you might get a treated one.
I look for white oak pallets, as they are naturally rot resistant.
I water the piles once a month, and don't worry much about turning them.
They will get tilled in this weekend, and i'll start building new piles shortly thereafter.

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