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 Post subject: piles and piles of poop
PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 11:53 am 
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we have two medium sized dogs and a small back yard.
we have a fenced in area and we toss the poop behind the fence.
it's still on our property but it's close to our neighbors yard.
since i think it takes dog poop awhile to break down and decompose sometimes in the summer it has a bit of a stank.

has anyone ever used anything like this?
does anyone have this problem?
how do you dispose of poo?

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 Post subject: Re: piles and piles of poop
PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:08 pm 
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We tried to make our own (theres a DIY one where you dig a big hole and put a holey trash bin in the ground) but the maintenance on it was a pain and you had to pour the rid-x or whatever in so often and the poop didnt really seem to be going anywhere, wasnt breaking down. And it smelled. Granted we were kind of lazy about it, but it seemed to make more work when we wanted less. We eventually got rid of it. Now we scoop into plastic bags and throw them in the trash. I don't know what else to do! It really does not break down as fast as one would hope in the yard.


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my dog poops huge amounts. it STINKS. and our yard is small. poop is an ongoing problem.
i used to think it was a good thing to bury it and throw some lime on top [when we had more space to bury things], now it is just a PITA so we bag it and trash it. I compost and recycle almost everything else [and my garden is a food garden, so composting dog poo is not an option], and it's not like they won't take it in the trash, so i don't feel bad about bagging and trashing it. at least the smell is kept under control.

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i wish we could compost it, we have a nice compost going. but we also use it for our food garden too so that's not an option for us either.

i guess we may have to bag and trash it too. i hate the idea of putting it in a plastic bag and throwing it out cause then i feel like it will take even LONGER to break down.

i think our poop situation may start to become a problem. my husband said when he was outside on our deck yesterday brewing beer he could kinda smell it and it's only March. come August it wont be pleasant. :-/

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We have 2 medium sized dogs and a medium sized fenced in backyard that they go in. In the summer we scoop & bag ideally at least once a week (more if we are spending time in the yard a lot). In the winter though, we no not scoop. And it makes for quite a job in the spring. Ayeesh. I could see how if you are not getting it out of your yard and it's just piling up it could be getting smelly. I wish there was a better solution than bagging and throwing in the trash too!


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i think we're going to be forced to go the plastic bag/trash route.

either that or concede to be the worst neighbors ever!

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We have three dogs and too much poop. We bag and trash it.


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I have three dogs but occasionally do private boarding and other family dogs are here all the time - there were 6 here this Saturday.

Bag and trash is the only way I survive.

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i throw it on my compost pile (but i haven't ever taken the compost out of the pile to put it anywhere. i do have a food garden, but i've read you can't use the dog poop'd compost on the food garden. i'm assuming it's the medicine residue? mostly everything else should break down in a sufficiently hot pile.)

my yard smells less of poop, and more of pee. i need to know how to regrow grass on the spot just down the back steps where she always goes. i'm thinking of digging up the top few inches of soil, putting fresh topsoil in and then getting zoysia plugs. (and blocking her from going in that area while they're taking root. the grass immediately surrounding the barren wasteland is growing amazingly though. :-)

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i believe the issue of composting dog poo and human poo also is the organisms and bacteria and parasites in those types of poo take a longer time to break down and higher heat. so your typical backyard compost pile wont do it.

i think usually herbivore poop is ok. so i put my guinea pig poop in my compost bin.
i dont know all the rules but i know dog poop in your garden compost is a big no-no if you're growing food for human consumption.

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I just have a separate compost for poop. I put cat, dog, and bunny poop in there, and lots of leaves, grass clippings, food scraps, pizza boxes, etc. The compost at the bottom of the container (about a year old) is completely ready. No poop remnants. I use it to fill holes the dog digs in the yard, to plant trees, and on non-food plants.

If you have the room for an additional compost container, it's worth it.

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My dad has that poo composter and it works great! He only has one tiny chihuahua though.

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LisaPunk wrote:
i think usually herbivore poop is ok. so i put my guinea pig poop in my compost bin.
i dont know all the rules but i know dog poop in your garden compost is a big no-no if you're growing food for human consumption.

what if she's vegan?

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I don't know enough about composting to give a good answer to that.

it did cross my mind in terms of human poop but I think in general if you want to compost dog, cat, or human poop you need to do it separately in their own compost pile and I think it needs to "cook" longer. regardless of whether said dog or human is vegan.

my sister in law and her boyfriend lived my inlaws for a bit and they built a composting toilet and I know that waste was kept separate than their other compost.

humans and dogs can carry various parasites that are in our feces. for dogs they were talking about ringworm and roundworm.

my guinea pigs and other small caged herbivores don't have the contact with the outside world to pick up those things (though they CAN it's just more rare).
HOWEVER then my next question is why is it ok to use cow and horse manure?
they can pick up worms and parasites.

so yeah im not sure exactly the rules of poop compost. I know you *can* compost dog, cat, and human poop for use in a garden you just need to do other stuff to it or something.

YAY FOR VAGUE ANSWERS!

my guess is there has never been a study on vegan poop composting versus Omni/carnivore poop composting.

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