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Post by QTpie on Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:17 pm

Just curious, but how does everyone handle the droppings? I think one member even called it "quail qwap". It's true that I have an acre of property here, but at this rate I will be fuller than the local land fill!
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Post by internet_nobody on Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:26 pm

Some of it goes in the composter, the rest goes in the bin!
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Post by andoy on Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:33 pm

Same here. I try to compost as much of it as possible, but I have very limited space Sad

If you've got an acre of land then you should be ok as long as you haven't got hundreds of birds
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Post by sammyboy on Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:03 pm

I used to stick it all on the compost but don't have room now so it goes in our green bin(garden and recycle-able stuff)
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Post by QTpie on Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:19 pm

what kind of stuff do you put in the composted
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Post by andoy on Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:28 am

My composters had become a bit overwhelmed by my quail and duck poo earlier this year and I was running out of space. So I've recently relocated and expanded my compost bins to the rear of my garden, in an empty overgrown alley way just outside my property (hope nobody minds as it seems a shame not to compost stuff). Still not composting all my bird poo, but nearly there.

I put pretty much all organic waste in my compost bins (I compost with worms, or vermicomposting). So most of my garden and kitchen waste, non-glossy cardboard, quail and duck poo, including their bedding (which can vary from wood shavings, shredded paper, straw and even sand). I never put any meat, pernicious weeds, anything suspected to be diseased or too acidic. I also avoid things that worms don't like; any alliums (onions and garlic), spices/herbs, solanum plants (tomato, potato or chilli), and anything too twiggy that won't breakdown.

The compost I get is invested back into the garden Very Happy
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Post by QTpie on Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:07 pm

Sounds like a great investment. Better than the stock market! Thanks, I'll have to try and give it a go. Right now I only have some leftover potting soil and the droppings with the corn husks. I am thinking of switching to the wood shavings (no cedar) because it's a lot cheaper and maybe keep the odor down better. 25 pounds of the corn stuff is $16 and lasts only about 3-4 weeks. I have to change every 2-3 days because of odor. The wood shavings are $5.95 for a big bag and, according to Emma, with three birds in each cage I should get a whole week out of it!
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Post by andoy on Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:58 pm

Well talking of compost options; one my brother lives just south of San Francisco and his garden waste is collected in bins and he has the option to have back some of the resulting compost.

Municipal composts can be done at large scale. Large compost heaps are more efficient and quicker than lots of small composts. Also the heat generated by the large heap kills even nasty weeds and pests.

I think schemes like these would help encourage more people to recycle their waste. Not everyone has room for a compost heap.
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