An unidentified critter has been breaking into my compost bin. I have an old bin made by Smith & Hawken with a (supposedly) latching lid. It looks like this, but more worn out & a little warped:
Most mornings the lid is off & there is debris spread out over my yard. Ugh. I tried putting a brick on the lid, but that didn't work. I put a cinder block on there and the whole bin was pushed a few feet over, with a little trail of compost coming out the bottom. I tried leaving my dog door open later so my dog could go out & maybe scare away critters, but that didn't help. I tried keeping food scraps out of the bin for a while, only putting yard clipping in it. Still got broken into & spread around! Who does that?!??! So I decided to stalk the little culprit & see who he or she was.
Oops. It was my dog. No wonder letting him out late at night didn't help. I caught him jumping onto the bin, somehow removing the lid, and having great fun with the compost. This might also explain those mystery bouts of diarrhea he had :(
So- he can open the bin and push the bin. This is not good. I began searching online for solutions. Turns out when you type "dog proof compost bin" into search engines, you get a lot of information on composting dog poop! Who knew? Amazingly, also some information on composting human poop! That is apparently common enough that it has it's own name: Humanure. News to me, and although I do try to be green, not something I feel like trying yet.
OK, back to the dog issue - I found a great, sturdy, *securely* latching bin that even my dog (who, it turns out, may as well have thumbs) can't break into! He did push it a couple of feet once, but only when it was mostly empty. Now it's too heave for him. Success! It's called the SoilSaver, and so far I am super happy with it!
This is the bin: