Can I rototill the chicken poop right into my garden that my girls leave for me there or do I have to have it decompose somewhere else? Thanks
Chicken Poop and the garden
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If it's fresh don't plant right after you till it in, it can burn plants. I think that would depend on quantities, too. When my girls wander through the garden and scratch around, the plants don't seem to suffer. If I have an empty spot in the garden I just fence it with netting and turn them loose in there, they eat the weeds and fertilize at the same time.
You can till it in. We garden professionally and sell at our vegetable stand. The chicken poop provides the engine that drives the whole thing. Once you're close to planting time, fresh chicken poop should no longer be applied to gardens.
Follow the guidelines provided for safe manure practices. Virtually every state Ag University Extension publishes guidelines. One of the easiest to understand is this one: http://umaine.edu/publications/2510e/
Edited by Fred's Hens - 2/8/12 at 3:46am
For us, the planting season doesn't really start until mid to late May, so manure is still being applied raw to the gardens. Our "window" will close on or about March 15th. We've still lots of time to apply. We use a deep litter, modified a bit, and there's a lot to move out there. But, our weather is still brutal.
Looking for a nice March day to do the Big Clean Out and wrap up the manure season.
During the growing season, we produce less barn manure, because the birds spend far more time outside. What is produced, will simply be piled up. In late September? We'll spread summer's pile.