What ever by products we have remaining from chicken processing day gets composted.
We use an old peach bin with no bottom. In stead of throwing the old peach bins away we turned them into composting bins.
Our Composting Process
1. We put a hardy layer of wood chips, hay, or some dry carbon source on the floor of the bin first.
2. We put in our chicken by products.
3. We put a layer of wood chips / carbon on top.
4. We put a layer of finished compost on top.
5. We Stick a composting thermometer in the pile to record the temperature. We try to keep the pile between 120 and 140 degrees. At this range some sources say that nearly all pathogens are killed.
6. When the pile starts to cool down such as fall into the "steady" range on the thermometer or below 120 degrees we will transfer the contents of the bin into an adjacent empty bin. The pile will go back into the "hot" range on thermometer.
7. We'll mix this compost with another fresh batch of chicken by products on our next processing day. Repeat the steps. And then the compost is left for sometime until the temperature has decreased significantly. At that point the compost will be ready for the pasture.
8. And the process repeats.
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Michael J. Adamucci