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Evaluation of On-Farm Composting of Turkey Brooder Litter
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Paper number 054064, 2005 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.19486) @2005
Authors: John P. Chastain, P. Andrew Rollins, Kathy P. Moore
Keywords: Composting, compost quality, poultry litter, nutrient management
Turkey production involves two phases of production. The first phase occurs on brooder farms
where young turkeys are placed at a few days of age and are kept until they are about 35 days old. The young
turkeys are transported to a grow-out farm where they are raised to market weight. Litter is removed from
brooder barns after each flock, and contains a large amount of wood shavings relative to manure. Therefore, it
was believed that litter from turkey brooder barns would compost well without addition of a carbon source.