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Brooder waste for garden beds?

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Hi, I'm new to chicken keeping, and only have a few years of gardening experience. I've been tossing my brooder waste (pine shavings based) in the coop (planning to use DLM) but now that the chicks are out there most of the day, I'm thinking about amending my garden beds with the rest of the waste this fall. I won't be planting them until next spring. I know that chicken manure is considered hot, but if a small amount is added to the beds now, should it be okay by spring? Thanks!
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Absolutely. It will break down over the winter and be safe to plant in the spring.

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You win some and lose some. When at first you don't succeed: try... try... try... try and try again.

 

How to Provide Emergency and Supportive Care        

Maintaining a Healthy Flock

Chicken Injuries & Diseases

Poop Chart 

Emergency Helpful References & Links

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Thank you!
post #4 of 5
Yep, clean it out in the fall and put it on the garden, plant in the spring. That’s the traditional way to do it.

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When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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If it's light on the poop and heavy on the shavings, you may actually have issues with it having low pH, and robbing nitrogen.  But if it's real poopy, that's good.

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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