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Horse manure users

This group is for people who also use horse manure.We need a group to discuss hot composting,wormer.techniques,problems,etc.

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Marbles in my worm bin 3 Replies

Hi folks,             Well, not really marbles that I put in but marbles that appear on their own. For some reason the feed is coagulating into round balls that must be busted up by hand. They are…Continue

Started by Tom Bergstrand. Last reply by Daniel J Kline Apr 15, 2016.

Horsheet... 3 Replies

I just received this notice of this discussion in my email tonight 10JAN2016I picked up the idea of utilizing Horse Manure I think from a Bently website or post. I researched it further and have been…Continue

Started by FabricGATOR. Last reply by Danner Jan 12, 2016.

A happy combination 1 Reply

                            Several months ago I decided to try just cow manure as a food for my reds. It worked well. I then realized that I had tons of aged horse manure on the back of my property.…Continue

Started by Tom Bergstrand. Last reply by Patrick G. Perry Apr 2, 2014.

Hot composting horse manure 8 Replies

Hello folks.  I am new to the board.  I've had a worm bin going on my deck for the last 6 years.  I recently made friends with some folks with 15 horses.  They consider the horse manure to be a…Continue

Started by Mathew Banchero. Last reply by Patrick G. Perry Mar 3, 2014.

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Comment by Richard Hossman on July 15, 2010 at 4:04pm
Of course I want to be part of this group
Comment by Don Dillon on July 15, 2010 at 7:31pm
Ahhh, horse poo.!!! The best worm multiplier you can get. Can you believe that some people will pay you to take it, or at least haul it to your site? Is that cool or what?
Comment by Don Dillon on July 15, 2010 at 7:43pm
By the way, here is what my worms have been ordering off the menu lately. I brought a tube of pretty dry manure home from the farm a couple of weeks ago. When I feed the FT, the day before I take a package of chopped/frozen scraps from the kitchen, a couple scoops of shredded paper/cardboard, and put into a 3 gallon bucket. fill to the top with the dried manure and then filled with water to rehyrate the manure realllll good. let that set till the next day and then layer that over about 1/3 of the top of the bin and then cover with dried leaves (crumple by hand to break em down a little) from last falls rakefest. I only lay it across 1/3 though, cause it can still heat up a little for a couple of days, but they will eat that before the week is out. makes some darn fine fluffy vermicompost.
Comment by Don Dillon on July 15, 2010 at 7:44pm
That last post should read "A Tub of dry manure" not " A tube of manure". DOH!!!
Comment by Don Dillon on July 16, 2010 at 5:29am
I would say the leaves are a mix of 60% Maple, 30% Sugar gum, and 10% Oak. they are crumbly dry right now, so I just grab a bunch, rub them between my hands to crumble them down and just lightly cover the new food. I do it this way so that I can feel the sticks and gumballs and such that are mixed in the leaves and toss them out.

what I'm actually doing here is layering. I'm trying not to bury the food into pockets, which I've had a little problem with (souring and too much concentrated heat in small area). It also seems that the bedding (leaves and cardboard) gets used up faster since they become better mixed in the bacterial ooze of the wet manure and rotting food.

I know the oak leaves take longer to break down, but crumbling them and the time it takes for them to move to the bottom of the FT should have them mostly finished. If not, then I don't really care because they will either be screened out and just tossed back into the bin, or the pieces are so small that they do fall through the screener will help keep the finished castings fluffy and airy.
Comment by Don Dillon on July 16, 2010 at 1:28pm
Yep, that pic about sums it up...

Never thought growing up that a cow pie would be a desired commodity in my later years ;)
Comment by Richard Hossman on July 17, 2010 at 1:47pm
Larry, Just for your FYI yes I just came in from getting a pound of worms out of my pile.Just sat there scooping them up. All I needed was the ice tea. lol
Comment by Todd H on July 19, 2010 at 8:52am
does cow manure count instead of horse?
Comment by Don Dillon on July 19, 2010 at 9:14am
I'm guessing the worms will attack it with the same vigor as horse manure. I think the difference is that cows digest their intake much more thoroughly then horse (4 stomachs and all) so there may be less food value for the worms. It's still manure, It's still a great food source for the worms, the worms will love it.
Also, I believe that since it IS more processed then horse manure, there is less heating issues involved when using fresher cow manure.
Comment by Don Dillon on July 19, 2010 at 10:44am
did I get it reversed???? Does a horse more thoroughly digest his intake then a cow does? Do you get more weed seeds from cow manure than horse manure?


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