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Post  cobra_archer on 7/13/2012, 8:05 pm

Hello,

My family has a new pet bunny. He is an in house bunny that uses a litter box. We are using recycled newspaper pellets as litter. My question is, can I just dump the bunny poo, litter and all in the compost bin, then use it as compost for the SFG?

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Post  crs on 7/13/2012, 9:08 pm

Welcome to the forum! glad you\'re here

I am new to SFG but I would say that would be a very good idea! rock on
Hopefully someone who has composted longer than I will back me up or we both will learn something new. study
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Post  Kelejan on 7/13/2012, 9:19 pm

glad you\'re here Mark.
Bunny poo is great, as is newspaper. Browse through our recent threads about composting and you will learn a lot.
Tell us more about how far you have progressed, or if you are a complete Newbie.
We were all Newbies once, and many of us love to show you what we have learned and to help and encourage you. happy hi
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Post  Triciasgarden on 7/13/2012, 9:21 pm

Welcome Mark! I agree with crs! I just read that you can put rabbit poo directly in your garden but I would think that since it also has the newspaper, you should put them in your compost. Newspaper and rabbit poo are great for a compost, so is the pee that collects in the litter! Yay rabbit poo! lol!
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Post  cobra_archer on 7/14/2012, 5:53 am

Thank you again. Mostly I am a newbie, been SFG for about 5 years. I brand new to composting. I do not have a tumbler, looking for plans to make a DIY device.
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Post  Goosegirl on 7/14/2012, 6:45 am

You have a perfect little garden fertilizer machine there! Bunny poo, newspaper pellets, and pee! Pee is a great compost activator, so along with the poo and newspaper pellets, you have some great compost additives. In our house, we use all natural litter for our cat box, so when we change out the box we put the urine-soaked litter into the compost tumbler.

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Post  cpl100 on 7/14/2012, 9:42 am

@Goosegirl wrote:You have a perfect little garden fertilizer machine there! Bunny poo, newspaper pellets, and pee! Pee is a great compost activator, so along with the poo and newspaper pellets, you have some great compost additives. In our house, we use all natural litter for our cat box, so when we change out the box we put the urine-soaked litter into the compost tumbler.

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I thought there are dangerous-to-humans organisms in cat urine/feces. Isn't that why we are told to be sure our children's sandboxes are covered?
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Post  cpl100 on 7/14/2012, 2:20 pm

I guess you can't edit your post after a while. Anyway, I did find this link regarding house pet waste:

Don't Do It
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Post  cheyannarach on 7/14/2012, 2:28 pm

Mark scroll down this thread and check out how Rooster made his compost tumbler!

http://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t11216p60-some-women

I wouldn't recommend using cat/dog poo in compost. You can get toxoplasmosis from cat feces which in a normal healthy adult can go unnoticed but in someone with a compromised immune/pregnant person can be very very bad.
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Post  Triciasgarden on 7/14/2012, 4:00 pm

cpl I think you can edit your post until someone posts after you.

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Post  cpl100 on 7/14/2012, 4:54 pm

I wonder why my edit button didn't show then. That's okay. Weird things always happen to me!
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Post  Goosegirl on 7/14/2012, 6:57 pm

@cpl100 wrote:
@Goosegirl wrote:You have a perfect little garden fertilizer machine there! Bunny poo, newspaper pellets, and pee! Pee is a great compost activator, so along with the poo and newspaper pellets, you have some great compost additives. In our house, we use all natural litter for our cat box, so when we change out the box we put the urine-soaked litter into the compost tumbler.

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I thought there are dangerous-to-humans organisms in cat urine/feces. Isn't that why we are told to be sure our children's sandboxes are covered?

The main concern with cats is toxoplasmosis and the cat has to be infected with the parasite - ours aren't and are 100% indoor, never come in contact with other cats, fecal matter from other animals, never eat rodents or raw/undercooked meat of any kind. Also, the toxo cysts in the cat feces (which we do NOT include in the compost) do not mature and become an issue for a few days after excretion, and OCD Hubby cleans the litterbox every morning on a schedule -NOTHING sits for 24 hours! Kitty poo gets bagged, tied, basically hermetically sealed and sent to the land fill. The corn litter/urine mix gets split between the composter and being sprinkled around the boxes to repel rabbits (works very well).

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Post  Coelli on 7/14/2012, 7:15 pm

I compost my guinea pig's dirty bedding and a friend from work just started bringing me his bunny's litter too. I'm assuming you're using something like Yesterday's News, which is totally fine. You can also compost CareFresh or Soft-sorb (though I think Soft-sorb takes slightly longer to break down). I have a trash can outside that's composting about 50% my guinea pig's bedding, about 40% used coffee grounds from Starbucks, and the rest is misc kitchen waste and it is AMAZING. It's already pretty fine and the coffee grounds made it smell really good while it was cooking. Very Happy
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