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post #21 of 28 Old 10-30-2013, 11:55 AM
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I'm no help on the manure removal/placement, but if you have a nearby B&B you should plan on investing in fly predators and maybe a feed-through supplement like Solitude for all the horses.
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post #22 of 28 Old 11-01-2013, 11:50 PM
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I wish I had a poop pile.

It would mean I had a horse.
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post #23 of 28 Old 11-02-2013, 02:52 PM
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Work out your prevailing wind then move it down wind but into an area that gets full sun.

Invest in a number of 44 gallon black plastic drums and by cutting an opening in one end and hinging it, plus a few air holes around both ends of the drum you can make compost. Place it on rollers as it has to be turned daily and it needs to get to 40 degrees to work properly and have 10 gallons of material in it to generate the heat required.

The compost is ready every 3 weeks and because of the heat should be clear of weed seeds. Sell it, or spread it back onto your land. if it is working well it does not smell. If the compost does not heat up you will have to find out why, and it will still have viable seeds in it. It generally needs green cuttings to get started like grass and some moisture.

Then there is always the option of having minature horses, less Poo. One of the problems with horse manure is it contains seed and that will spread weeds. Continued weeding of ones veg patch is not a nice pastime

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post #24 of 28 Old 11-02-2013, 04:00 PM
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If this is for your proposed plan in years to come, I'm hoping some eco-boffin will have solved the issue for all of us by then. Who knows, you may be heating your house with it!

The old-fashioned way of moving manure (and in keeping with your 1800's theme) was by horse-drawn cart. You could skip the stalls out into the cart and transport it away from the house to a more convenient location if it really concerns you.

However, I agree with Bkylem in that your guests (even the non-horsey ones) will most likely be expecting the sight and smell of a dung heap - all part of the experience. My boss runs a successful B&B from the beef farm I live on. If visitors arrive unaware that cows bellow, poop where they please and smell a little funky . . .well, they sure know better by the time they leave .
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post #25 of 28 Old 11-02-2013, 05:59 PM
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Simply call it a compost heap. Yuppies will love the fact that you're green.

No need to do discuss the ingredients. :)
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post #26 of 28 Old 11-03-2013, 03:17 AM
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If its composting correctly the smell is lessened and as a bonus you could give a large bag of it to the visitors to take home with them.

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post #27 of 28 Old 11-03-2013, 06:03 AM
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Locate a compost pile where people can drive in and take it away. You can make an easy one out of discarded pallets. Plant morning glories and scarlet runner beans around in season. Make a couple so you can get a rotation system going. Anything not taken will rot down to near nothing an not smell. You can spread this around the gardens and grass.

Use empty feed sacks to bag it up and put it beside the road with a free sign as much as possible. People will start looking for it and start bagging their own.

Free manure ads on craigslist gets a few every time.

Make contact with your local organic farmers.
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See if there are mushroom growers in your area....composted manure and peed hay is what they grow mushrooms in.

Around here in the spring folks will call asking for manure. We supply wheelbarrows and manure forks and they'll clean the paddocks and pastures.
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post #28 of 28 Old 11-03-2013, 04:19 PM
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Your post was very clear I hate to see people get attitudes. Anyhow an ad in the local paper about the poop for fertilizer might get it off your hands. I have numerous nnhirse neighbors always wanting my mares poo for fertilizer.
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