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  • Lois Addy
    Hi Kate - I have a guineapig too. That's why I got the HotBin - for the hay and droppings. I've had it I think 3 -4 weeks now?

    I read on the blog of Hotbin that I need to put the equivalent volume of animal waste (hay/droppings) as fresh green waste. Then use that volume to work out how much paper and bulking agent to use.

    So what I've been doing is getting a third of a bucket of droppings, hay discoloured by wee, and biocatolet paper litter discoloured by wee when I muck him out. I've taken a third of a bucket of green waste (veg peelings, garden leaves etc all chopped to less than 4cm long). And mixed them together.

    Then I've added the same volume of shredded paper and mixed it together. Then eyeballed 20%/ one fifth of that volume and added that much bulking agent. I've got through the initial bag of bulking agent already and today my bin is nearly to the top.

    I do this twice a week. And I leave the lid CLOSED for 48 hrs before I check the temperature.

    So far the temp has always been around 50degs for the internal thermometer 48hrs after I've added the batch of well mixed stuff. I mix it in 2-3 buckets then tip those in cos of disability I can't do stirring etc.

    At first, when we set it up the walls were running with water and maggots were trying to escape. Now though it seems quite dry and you really can feel the heat near the vent. No idea what it looks like at the bottom. I came today to try to find out at what stage I open the bottom up, and whether I need to drain off some leachate....

    How is yours going?

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  • Kate Groves
    started a topic Guinea pigs!

    Guinea pigs!

    I am about to receive my new Hotbin, first time user. Does anyone have experience of putting the wood shavings, hay, newspaper and dropping from a pet rabbit or guinea pig into their hotbin? Thank you.