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I'm looking into ways of composting dog poop. We have 8 dogs, and 1-2 litters a year. Right now, we live where we pastures on three sides of our yard. I just toss the poop over the fence into the field. Each week I throw it in a different general area to "spread" it around. Dog poop doesn't break down nearly as fast as other animal poop (like cow/sheep). It's there for a good six months at least. Everything is good for now.

We'll be moving within the next month. Our new property has over 6 acres, but the way the land is layed out, where our actual backyard will be (where the dogs poop) is flat. The other land is partially open, but mostly wooded. The only problem is that to access this part of the property, you have to go up and over a hill. So unless I want to wheelbarrow poop over a hill to spread it, I need a new solution for disposing of poop. A long time ago, we had one of those Doggie Dooley systems (septic tank for dog poop). But we only had 2 dogs. I was researching online and read how you can make your own out of a large plastic garbage can. Sounds simple enough...my only problem is that I don't know how many I would need...The manufactured ones aren't very big (15-24 inches deep) and say they are suffficent for 2 large dogs. A trashcan would be significantly bigger. Anyone done this? How many trash cans for 8 dogs?
 

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There is another method without the trash cans...a deep hole in the ground (below the frost line) and 30-36" wide with a large, heavy cover. Treat in the same way as any septic system. Not ideal as it's labor intensive but, something to consider.
 

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I had good success with the old 3-compartment composting bin. With that many dogs and adding newspapers, organic kitchen waste, grass clippings, and what-have-you, you'll soon have more top quality humus than you'll know what to do with it all. Once the dog poop is fully rotted in a composting system, there is no hint as to what it once was. There is no problem growing truck crops in soil that's had that turned into it.
 
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