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Old 28-05-2004, 09:09 PM
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Sorry if this is a stupid question, but is dog poop OK in the compost bin?

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Brigitte


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Old 28-05-2004, 09:09 PM
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NO! predator species manure may contain pathogens.
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Old 28-05-2004, 09:09 PM
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Brigitte J. wrote:
Sorry if this is a stupid question, but is dog poop OK in the compost bin?

Thanks,
Brigitte



Sure, in small amounts in a hot bin or an active worm pile.

I wouldn't put large amounts in a cold compost pile or directly in a
vegetable garden.

I can't cite a reference, but I've read in several places that dog and
cat waste can carry disease and should not be used in a garden. But it
won't last very long in a working compost bin (even human waste can be
used in a garden if it's from a properly designed composting toilet.)

Bob
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Old 28-05-2004, 10:07 PM
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Sorry if this is a stupid question, but is dog poop OK in the compost
bin?


This gets asked repeatedly, and you'll get answers on both sides.
I've been doing it for years, with no noticeable problems.
However, this is small healthy urban dog fed only prepared foods.

Some obvious risk factors for having nasties in the dog poop:
- dog doesn't get regular health checks and shots, etc.
- dog eats uncooked meat
- dog catches and eats wild prey
- dog has a lot of contact with many other dogs

Be sure your compost is well-rotted before, and for extra safety don't
apply directly on top of edible vegetables - better to dig into the
ground.

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Old 29-05-2004, 10:02 AM
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Brigitte



My grape vines seem to be enjoying it...... ;-)

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Proper composting kills pathogens...

Thing about Humanure. :-P
Contains far more pathogens than dog poop!



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NO! predator species manure may contain pathogens.
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Sorry if this is a stupid question, but is dog poop OK in the compost bin?

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Brigitte J. wrote:
Sorry if this is a stupid question, but is dog poop OK in the compost bin?

Thanks,
Brigitte



Sure, in small amounts in a hot bin or an active worm pile.

I wouldn't put large amounts in a cold compost pile or directly in a
vegetable garden.

I can't cite a reference, but I've read in several places that dog and
cat waste can carry disease and should not be used in a garden. But it
won't last very long in a working compost bin (even human waste can be
used in a garden if it's from a properly designed composting toilet.)

Bob


Hot composting is the key...
Predator poop is going to be higher in nitrogen than herbivore poop,
so can be useful but it really needs to be completely composted to kill
possible pathogenic bacteria.

K.

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Old 29-05-2004, 01:05 PM
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Brigitte J. said:

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but is dog poop OK in the compost bin?


If it's your own dog who licks you, sits on you, and basically 'shares' himself
and whatever he may have inside him with you, and your compost is made
in hot batches it would probably be OK. But it's not something anyone would
encourage. (After all, I'm sure the dog has been wormed at intervals, right??)

Poop from strange dogs (or other carnivores) would definitely be RIGHT OUT!

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Proper composting kills pathogens...


Would you really want to risk it considering you may not properly compost?
I'd sooner spend a few bucks on a bial of straw or hay than throw dog shit
in my bin.


Thing about Humanure. :-P
Contains far more pathogens than dog poop!



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bin?

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Old 29-05-2004, 04:04 PM
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No. The easiest way to know which is o.k. is to remember that any animal
that eats meat (carnivores) cannot be used in making compost. Herbivores
like cows, horses, chickens, etc. are o.k.

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Old 29-05-2004, 05:04 PM
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On Fri, 28 May 2004 13:32:16 -0500, "Brigitte J."
wrote:

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but is dog poop OK in the compost bin?

Thanks,
Brigitte

It was one of my chores to put it there when I was a kid. Over the
years this involved several large dogs and was in what we called the
"compost heap" . not nearly as fancy as many believe composting to be.
As far as I know nobody ever got sick because of it.
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"Katra" wrote in message
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Proper composting kills pathogens...


Would you really want to risk it considering you may not properly compost?
I'd sooner spend a few bucks on a bial of straw or hay than throw dog shit
in my bin.


I shovel up the dog shit and throw it up against the fence for my wild
grape vines to eat. The grapes never come into contact with the poop, so
I don't worry about it. The grape vines seem to be very happy, and I've
got to do SOMETHING with the shit from 3 shelties and a border collie,
plus two lab/chows that I'm boarding for a friend! ;-)

The grape vines (and the honeysuckle vines) seem to appreciate the
fertilizer!

K.

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"Katra" wrote in message
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In article ,
"FDR" wrote:

"Katra" wrote in message
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Proper composting kills pathogens...


Would you really want to risk it considering you may not properly

compost?
I'd sooner spend a few bucks on a bial of straw or hay than throw dog

shit
in my bin.


I shovel up the dog shit and throw it up against the fence for my wild
grape vines to eat. The grapes never come into contact with the poop, so
I don't worry about it. The grape vines seem to be very happy, and I've
got to do SOMETHING with the shit from 3 shelties and a border collie,
plus two lab/chows that I'm boarding for a friend! ;-)

The grape vines (and the honeysuckle vines) seem to appreciate the
fertilizer!


Seems that using it on anything I'm going to eat is out of the question.
But I have some other things I might try it on.

Thanks for all the "shitty" ideas.

Brigitte


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