It shouldn't smell, Diana...but if it does, try adding some EM (fancy term for microorganisms, specifically Lactobacilicus) or add more carbon (brown material)...I just add a handful of Bokashi. Moisture and temperature, as with all compost, can be issues but compost worms are more resilient than what people think...simply ease them into the process (i.e. get them used to the new food by adding small amounts of softer poop...they'll soon be munching away happily).
Diana Marmont wrote:I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this book. We are using "loveable loos" on our new property. We currently have one small dog and a puppy, who won't be so small for long.
Given the amount of aging and the volume of 2 adult humans (sometimes with 2 almost adult humans) vs 2 very small dogs (who do most of their business where we can't find it), I've been tossing it into the humanure compost. No pet food here, they eat people quality food, so no concerns about heavy metals.
I'd originally planned to compost their waste separately but realized it would take forever to have a big enough volume for hot compost.
Like the idea of a worm bin for it, but does the bin smell initially? Moisture control is an issue right? As well as temperature (not too hot, not too cold)?
Very cool...go for it...it works great
Ci Shepard wrote:I have one small raw fed dog and have been putting her droppings into a homemade Doggy Doolie (ie. covered hole in the ground). I also have a small worm bin that I just started for my kitchen scraps, but I think I might give this idea a try, and use the worm bin for dog waste ... reading various posts on pet waste composting and looking at Rose Seemans book has me inspired!
Thanks Bryant...no need to separate things at a homestead, it's just more acceptable for town-folk
Bryant RedHawk wrote:Excellent post on this subject Edward. We compost everything with worms or in heaps on our homestead. I find this idea of keeping the dog poo separate interesting, we just mix stuff together in the worm bins instead of having separate bins for different items.