Hi all. The girls have been in their new coop and moveable pen for a couple of weeks and it's going great. The coop is 8x8 and I have 17 gals. The floor is linoleum then 3-4" of pine shavings. Although there is a ton of poop of course in the shavings it does not smell bad, yet. How long would you guess I have before I need to change the shavings? Weeks? Months? A few of the older girls are using the roost with poop board but most are to little to get up there and prefer snuggling on ground.
I'm wondering about the poop/shavings combo and my vege garden. On one hand I seem to recall that chix poop is great fertilizer but on the other hand there are plenty of people freaking out about wearing gloves and not touching poop.
I would love to know the science about this. What makes it OK to put chix poop on your growing food but not OK to touch? Is it just a matter of washing fruit and veg more or are harmful bacteria gone by the time it reaches the garden? Any ideas appreciated!
Edited by kiwiegg - 5/10/12 at 5:01am