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Results from an unintentional bokashi experiment  RSS feed

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First a bit of background:

We are moving out of our house of 3+ years in a few months so the quest to organize has been in full swing. In this quest I was reminded of an odd little unintentional experiment that had been happening in the corner of the yard this entire time and figured this was as good a time as any to check the results. When we moved into this house the previous tenants left A LOT of stuff behind. One thing was this trash can with a spigot on the bottom, they told us that it was a bokashi composting system that they were abandoning because, for reasons unknown, they had decided to stick a whole dead chicken into it and were now just sort of weirded out with themselves and the can. Shortly after we moved in (about 3 years ago now) we had a spate of chicken maulings that left us with about 4 or 5 dead chickens variously disemboweled. For our own inexplicable reasons we decided to add them to the chicken trash can. We capped it with straw and left it to sit. Now, 3 years later, I have removed the contents, here are the results.

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And after digging around a bit I finally found the chicken remnants. Nothing but soft brown bones
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With the inner can removed the contents presented a slimy, gelatinous mass
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Imagine my surprise when I flipped it over, only to discover that everything was contained inside an inner can!
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This is how this can has looked for 3 years
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This is what it looked like when you removed the lid
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Well I'm kinda bad at this and the picture order came out a little bit backward but....

As you can see all that is left of these chickens, which went in almost complete including flesh, skin, feathers, organs, beaks, and other typical chicken attachments, is some of their biggest bones. And these bones are very soft, I could easily break them by hand and they bent with just a little snap at the end. Interesting to me because there was other stuff (squash seeds and what looked like garbanzos) in the mass that was very recognizable although it had been in the can longer. My major take away is that a bokashi based system will easily consume whole animals if they are appropriately sized. Do with this info what you would like.
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