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Waste Management Practices

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Waste Management Practices - An in-depth look at waste management practices among small-scale urban and rural homesteads.

An often overlooked but very important issue facing many small-scale farmers today is the issue of waste that animals produce. Let's face it the issue is kind of gross and many people don't like to mess with it myself included. I have learned through trial and error that some management procedures work better than others.

Generally speaking most animals including livestock are very social, and enjoy the company of other species of animals sometimes breaking the predator-prey boundary. I...
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Dogs eat the chicken poop because there is undigested sugars to be found there. Chickens are monogastric and cannot digest some grains well, thus much of it is expelled in the feces before the body can utilize the energy to be found there. This is a good source of nutrients to the dogs and they will hoover them right up.

When I switched to fermenting my chicken's feed, their fecal matter came out with less smell and was no longer a dog attractant. It also dissolves in the rain very quickly and doesn't attract flies like it used to do. No smells or flies in the coop, but, sadly, no more doggy snacks to be found.

NOT fermenting the dog's food and the chickens continue to disperse it, looking for and eating the undigested grains to be found there, which have had a first level of mild fermentation in the dog's body, so is pretty much easy to digest by the chickens.
 

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You saying dog poop makes good chicken feed?
Probably wouldn't go over well as a selling point to the general public, but most don't realize what all any free range animal will eat either.
Protein is protein..

(I saw lots of pigs raised under peoples houses in SE Asia. Guess where the human poop went when it left the bathroom 'facility'...which often, wasn't more than a hole in the floor? )
 

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Once visiting a poultry farm -- yep, the houses with thousands -- I noticed a well built compost bin. It was full of litter from the houses, as well as some expired chicken carcasses Viewed it and the big thermometer that was used in the pile, then asked what they did with it -- spread on fields, etc. Nope, a cattle farmer collected it and mixed with the feed he gave the feeders. o_O WOW.

Now there are a few large poultry farms within easy drive and some do spread the litter on their fields in winter/spring and/or sell to other farmers for that. It does stink! But if put out correctly and allowed to age, does grow things nicely. You have to be quite careful of grasses growing in the general vicinity of a poultry house as the nitrogen level can be so high as to poison some grazing animals -- horses for one -- if that is their only grass source. Next to those houses it can be quite concentrated. In fact, a large pile of this litter can kill everything around it...too much can be bad.

Yep, if some people saw what a chicken can/will eat, they'd never eat an egg! :cool:
 

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Once visiting a poultry farm -- yep, the houses with thousands -- I noticed a well built compost bin. It was full of litter from the houses, as well as some expired chicken carcasses Viewed it and the big thermometer that was used in the pile, then asked what they did with it -- spread on fields, etc. Nope, a cattle farmer collected it and mixed with the feed he gave the feeders. o_O WOW.
It's called 'natural protein' or NPP-non-plant protein, and many feeds use it.
I don't agree with the feeding of plain old composted chicken crap but it is fairly common in the cattle end of things. It has to be cured, under roof and out of the weather, and from all accounts, takes on what has been described as a 'chocolate odor' once it's cured.

You will find feather meal in all sorts of different feeds and protein tubs..lick tubs. It's hydrolyzed to break it down so the nitrogen levels are pretty consistent and protein more readily available.
 
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