The other day, in a garden centre, I saw some chicken pellet fertiliser … and the picture on the packet looked remarkably like the droppings created by our little pet at home.
So back home, I did a little online research and …. turns out that our beloved 17 yr old chinchilla, who has been my pet since I was just out of my teens, is a compost making machine. There were forums of people in America comparing how much money they were making from selling their chinchilla droppings on Craigs List, meanwhile we’ve just been sweeping them into the bin all these years!
I immediately started using this new, free, nitrogen fixer on the soil, and time will tell how good it really is. However, the best side effect so far has been that we can take down our battery-powered sonic cat scarer. The local cats creep up, and then dart off, terrified, never to return.
Chinchillas are native to the Andes, so perhaps they think some huge South American mountain cat got there first?