Rotary Drum Composting of Poultry Mortalities
Tom Tabler, Ph.D., Extension Professor, Poultry Science, Mississippi State University; Jonathan R. Moyle, PhD, Extension Poultry Specialist, University of Maryland Extension; and Jessica Wells, PhD, Assistant Clinical/Extension Professor, Mississippi State University.
In general, composting poultry can be described as an all-natural, environmentally friendly method of mortality management, which minimizes water and air pollution by retaining nutrients, pathogens, and odors. Given the right conditions, microorganisms break down organic material (poultry mortalities, in this case) and carbon into a useful and valuable finished product. Composting also c...