Don’t be hatin.
But if you don’t want to read a post about dog poop, click away. Ok, forewarned.
On my hippie farm, with my cows and goats and chickens, I have the most delicious compost pile. Cow manure, chicken manure, goat manure, hardwood leaves, kitchen scraps, coffee grounds – it makes the most rich, earthy, healthy soil you’ve ever seen. I’ve got a dual operation going:
But I also have dogs, and if you read my last post, you know I’ve added to the canine contingency. And 4 dogs generate lots of poo.
In an effort to figure out what to do with the abundance of dog waste that accumulates in the yard (I have 8 acres, but who’s gonna walk more than 20 feet outside in the rain? Not my guys!), I did a little Shit Research. I won’t go into all the science, but the poop of herbivores vs the poop of omnivores vs the poop of carnivores has to do with amounts of nitrogen, enzymes, bacteria, and parasites. The short version is that dog waste can’t be composted with other kitchen and farm waste (and neither, therefore, can human waste – a post for another day).
Just to be sure, I contacted my go-to science guy (Sam, if you didn’t know), and he confirmed what my research showed. So it was out of the question to put the poop in the big compost pile. But I still had a poop pile problem in the yard.
I googled that shit and found a variety of commercial set-ups to deal with this issue, but they were all extremely low in complexity and high in cost. I’m bright, I’m capable, I’ve got power tools – I can do this!
Doggie Dooley is already trademarked, as is Tidy Paws. I’m thinking Doggie Dumper? Doggie Doo-Be-Gone? Poopmaster?
I think I’ll tag this post Cottage Living. I don’t have a Waste Products tag. Yet. I think I’m going to draw the line at a pit latrine.
Thanks for reading!
April 10, 2014 at 11:17 pm
Hmm. Our poo typically goes in a ditch in the back yard. This is interesting because it really is an issue. Would your hired hand like to dig over here? What is the purpose of the layers and all? Very interesting…
April 11, 2014 at 10:19 pm
My hired hand said he would be happy to. For the same wages he receives over here. xxoo
LOVED seeing you today!
April 12, 2014 at 11:01 am
I loved seeing you, too, and your hired hand, and that sweet boy, and our friends, and all of the animals. Mostly, I love the beauty of just being…together. Thank you.