27 more horses means lots of Doo Doo

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Daner, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,307

    Guys and Ladies I have doo doo coming from 27 more horses now.

    They will have shavings mixed

    18 besides the 27 have wheat straw mixed

    Total of 45 horses (Lotsa doo doo:))

    We all know making good compost Is like baking a good cake

    I have a source of shavings from the wood working shop But...... What else should I be adding to this flow of Manure?.......I need Carbon to smoke out those weed seeds.
    I'm Interested on your thoughts of what I could be mixing with this Horse Doo Doo

    Daner In The Deep stuff:)
  2. growingdeeprootsorganicly

    growingdeeprootsorganicly LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    carbon does not smoke out weed seeds, add any brown(s) "low N", paper, dry straw grass,leaves ete
  3. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    Yep what he said
    You probably have lots of straw up there right now after the winter wheat harvest, they normally use the corn left overs for silage but that would work too
  4. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,307

    I should have said that I need the carbon to add to the N for the heating process to smoke out the seeds:)....Thanks for the replies guys
    Bill...Yes we got straw around town....lotsa spoiled hay as well
    The new Manure I got with the mixed shavings Is really hot ,There was some scrap hay In there as well burnt black....I'm keeping a close eye open when i flip this stuff for fire
  5. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    They have long meat thermometers, about 12 inches long, that are real cheap, move some of the top compost away and stick it in the pile. If it is 165 or above you will have to move quick to turn it

    A buddy of mine does composting on a large scale every morning and afternoon his guy goes to every pile and reads the temp, if the pile is 160 or above it is red flagged and turned right away
  6. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,307

    good point.....Bill have you ever used the Inferred thermometers? (Point and Read Type)
    I have one of those that I use...but I have to remember to keep It In the tractor

    Happy summer to yaa
  7. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    You want the internal temp down inside the pile, I guess you could dig a hole and point it in there but the disturbance may give a false reading, I don't know I haven't tried it

    I know the guy i know has a 4 foot long thermometer that he sticks into the pile, of course his piles are over 40 feet tall and at least 200 yards long
    Happy summer back at ya, we were just in Mass and the weather was beautiful. I head for the outer banks of NC next week, we have a house right on the ocean, a little slice of heaven, great surf fishing. Let me rephrase that, I do a lot of fishing just not a lot of catching

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