Rene Nijstad wrote:Yup, ammonia smell means you need more carbon in the pile... The brown stuff, wood chips, sawdust, small branches... Good luck!
Noel Young wrote:Possibly you need more browns and or more frequent turning? We use leaves and woodchips as duck bedding that gets wet in their outdoor run. I can't begin to describe how many browns go in. I've been shovelling out many wheelbarrows of beautiful rich dark compost with hundreds of worms this spring. Just my thoughts from my wet composting bedding experience. Chicken droppings are far hotter than waterfowl too.
Mike Haasl wrote:That's what happened when I did the same thing last year. My deep litter was bone dry so I watered it down very well when I piled it up. It was very stinky for a few weeks, then it settled down. I couldn't tell you the ratio of chicken turds to wood shavings so I'm not sure if I was anywhere near ideal.
This year I just took the bedding and shoveled it around plants in my food forest. I'm expecting the nutrients to filter to the roots whenever it rains. I hope...