My manure pile is getting huge! I bought a manure spreader recently and have started pileing up the poop. I used to just harrow the manure to break it up and leave whatever I didn't use on the garden lay. This is poop from my dry lot where the horse spend most of the winter. I want to start spreading it in my pasture with my new spreader next spring. My question is do I have to "turn" the manure pile like you do with a compost pile or can I just keep adding to it. Will it break down on its own without being turned? How often should I turn it if I do? I did turn it a few weeks ago and it sort of was smoking in the middle. Is it suppose to do that? I have also been adding the round hay bale bottoms (if you know what I mean) too. Just old nasty hay the horses won't eat. I don't want it to catch on fire. Will it?
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