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I live on a ranch near woods and skunks and raccoons are aplenty, is there a rodent proof compost bin? Answered

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Best Answer 8 years ago

If you can, try adjusting the bin that you are using to make the compost. I used to have the same problem (with rats and raccoons though no skunks), but since I switched to the tumbler I haven't had a single issue.

Here's a link to a site where you can buy the same tumbler I use: Compost Tumbler 

Of course, if you'd rather keep it in the Instructables family, you should look at this project: DIY Compost Tumbler

Both are going to work fairly well (in fact, I'd have to say that since switching to a barrel style tumbler, I've been able to make compost far faster than with an ordinary bin).

wrap your normal one in barbed wire, thats what I did to fix my raccoon problem, and it worked

How are they getting in? Could you just put some bricks on the lid?

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They are clever little fiends with a long attention span!! The lids are a minor obstacle and bricks might work but they would have to be fairly heavy. I'll give it a try before I ditch my current compost bin - thanks.

Neither skunks nor raccoons are rodents.

Having said that: The lidded bins which also have a cover over the opening for extracting "cooked" compost (there's an example at the right under Related) are reasonably critter-resistant.