Hi all, I have seen these in the shops for about £30 as anyone used
them? are they any good.
Is it pssible to mak one, i was thinking of a hole about 2ft down
about a foot across, so we can dump the piles of s##t we get every day
from our bull mastiffs but any idea if this would be ok and what
chemical would we need, bleach, costic soda?
I made one for the back garden out of an old plastic waste paper bin. We
only use it for the occasional plop, but it's worked fine for 5 years now
and we only use water and the liquid stuff you get for chemical toilets to
eat all poo up. We followed the makers instructions of the amount to add
per litre of water and never had any problems.
The waste bin has holes of 20 mm diameter drilled through at 50 mm down from
the top rim, eight in total, to let the water drain out into the surrounding
soil. The whole thing is buried into loose stone and gravel giving it
somewhere for the water to drain through and not be blocked by the soil
plugging up the holes. Any stones that are to big to go through the 20 mm
holes seems to do the trick. The lid is made from a couple of pieces of 12
mm thick plywood. One piece is cut to fit just inside the shape of the bin
and one piece cut to fit over the top. When the two pieces were glued and
screwed together they make a nice tight enough fit to stop it blowing or
being kicked off easily. It might have been easier to get a bucket with a
lid but I didn't so had to make my own.
I clean it by flushing it out every so often, as I say, it's only used for
the occasional poo scoop but, it is great for keeping the lawn clean and
stops smells building up. We were going to buy one but when I saw how
simple an idea it was, well, I couldn't resist making one for myself and it
when it works as well as ours does, it is very pleasing to have saved that
lovely £ 20 for something else of more importance.
The guy next door to us puts his doggy poo into his compost pile and says it
makes his roses blossom with the best flowers he has ever seen. I have to
admit that we've never had any problem with it being smelly or of it being a
fly trap, so that's another method you might think of using to clean up the
Anyway, enough of this S+*t, and good luck with it. :-))
We had one for our Airedale (now sadly deceased) and it seemed to work
(1) You first have to dig a s*ding great soakaway and fill this with hard
core and shingle to ensure that the liquids drain away properly
(2) The composting action is slow - the instructions on ours stated you
would need more than one for a large dog. Our Airedale used to overload it
from time to time, so bull mastiffs (plural) would probably fill it inside a
One alternative thought - there are various designs for composting toilets
for the greener fraternity - could you modify the concept for the dogs?
Try http://www.compostingtoilet.org /
Finally, you pay your water rates. Why not just collect it in a bucket and
flush it down the toilet? Barely more work than collecting it and putting it
in a compost heap or doggy loo.
P.S. the soakaway has made a great difference to the bottom of the garden -
we used to have loads of moss on the lawn but it is fine now.
Hee Hee !!! I'm sitting here with a plate of bolognese as we speak. I also
had a cat by the name of Tim, who loved a buttered bran scone and his slice
of unbuttered wholemeal toast. He never took them every day mind, but at
least once a week was his norm'. He'd actually come up and ask with a meaow
and a paw in your hand when he wanted some.
Are they real "feral" cats with the tufted ears and slotted eyes ? Or are
they just stray domestics that have had to fend for themselves ?
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Awwwwwww, I want one.
The kittens normally start off looking very normal, but soon transform into
the feral character. The mother sounds gorgeous and seems to be looking
after her kids very well. She's found you to help feed them after all.
Try to keep them close to you, or always visiting your house because they
don't half keep the rodents at bay.
I don't suppose she brings the kittens into the house ? If you're lucky she
may give you one. Just look out for her lifting one closer to you all the
Anyway, to keep this a DIY thread. When you feed them, do you do it
yourself ? :-))
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Tried one. Good sandy soil - low water table - good drainage. Two
medium sized dogs. It was filled within a week so nothing else could
be put into it. It was a pretty unpleasant sight and took forever to
digest the contents.
We've found you can't beat flushing it down the loo. I would advise
against it especially if you have more than one large dog.
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