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Hello!! I know that chicken poo is GREAT fertilizer and heard that if fresh, it has too much nitrate or someother ingredient that will kill or burn plants. How long does the poop have to "season" for before it is safe to put around shrubs, flowers etc?

"There nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse" 

Karen Grimes`s Morriston Zoo consists of: Wesley, American Warmblood ( Fancy for "Mutt" horse) Taco the Burro, Llama ( Tony or Dali, whichever you prefer) Otis the Greyhound, Tippet the Australian Terrier, 2 Salmon Favorelles( Fifi and Coco), 1 Polish ( Crack Ho),1 Aussie ( Chook), 1  Buff Orp (Buttercup), 1 Red Sex...

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"There nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse" 

Karen Grimes`s Morriston Zoo consists of: Wesley, American Warmblood ( Fancy for "Mutt" horse) Taco the Burro, Llama ( Tony or Dali, whichever you prefer) Otis the Greyhound, Tippet the Australian Terrier, 2 Salmon Favorelles( Fifi and Coco), 1 Polish ( Crack Ho),1 Aussie ( Chook), 1  Buff Orp (Buttercup), 1 Red Sex...

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I'd compost it for a year before applying directly onto plants.  If you mix it into a dirt bed that you want to use next year, then you'll have a good bed next year.  If it's mixed with other organic material that composts fast (vegetable peelings, grass clippings) and let it break down in the heat for a few months, you might be able to use it sooner.  But I'd start putting it in a compost pile right now, and throwing in other compostable waste, to use next year.

 

However, if you know someone with sheep or rabbits, that can be used fresh.  It's like slow-release fertilizer pellets.

 

Other organic fertilizers that you can use now: leftover coffee grounds and cold coffee, whey from making cheese or yogurt.

Chickens: faverolles, australorps, Delaware, barred rock, welsummer, silver laced wyandotte, lavender and buff x wheaten ameraucanas, BLRW, blue and splash andalusian, cochin, exchequer leghorn, silkie, brabanter, minorca, turken, RIR, brahma, speckled sussex...Ducks: two welsh harlequins, two blue swedish...  Two dogs, a snake, two parents and two kids... and food gardens everywhere else. 

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Chickens: faverolles, australorps, Delaware, barred rock, welsummer, silver laced wyandotte, lavender and buff x wheaten ameraucanas, BLRW, blue and splash andalusian, cochin, exchequer leghorn, silkie, brabanter, minorca, turken, RIR, brahma, speckled sussex...Ducks: two welsh harlequins, two blue swedish...  Two dogs, a snake, two parents and two kids... and food gardens everywhere else. 

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I've accidentally made my compost heap too acid by adding to much chicken poo and too little other stuff. We neutralised it by mixing it with ash. If you have a fireplace or do lots of BBQ's mix the ash in with your compost and or poo. Cow poo is fantastic for the garden too. Once it's dry you can add it directly to the soil, no need to age it. Pig poo is the best by far, but that needs to sit somewhere and age for a year before you use it, as it will kill your plants if it's fresh. But once it's aged, it's fantastic.

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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We market garden and once the harvest is finished in late September, the manure gets spread directly unto the fields.  We continue to spread all fall and winter, right from the chicken pens, directly to the soil.  Once March comes, all applications of fresh manure must cease.  The issue is pathogens.  This is a serious concern.

 

During the the April thru September growing season, the manure is stockpiled, awaiting final harvest, then it too is spread and the cycle repeats itself.

 

Yes, manure can be "hot" for some plants, but pathogen safety needs to be of primary concern.

 

 

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post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by americanvalkyrie View Post

 

However, if you know someone with sheep or rabbits, that can be used fresh.  

 

 

It is very wise to follow safe manure handling guidelines, when using manure in a garden producing table vegetables.  All State University Ag Schools produce similar documents, but this brief one from the University of Maine is particularly easy to read and understand.

 

http://umaine.edu/publications/2510e/

 

 

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post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by sumi View Post

I've accidentally made my compost heap too acid by adding to much chicken poo and too little other stuff. We neutralised it by mixing it with ash. If you have a fireplace or do lots of BBQ's mix the ash in with your compost and or poo. Cow poo is fantastic for the garden too. Once it's dry you can add it directly to the soil, no need to age it. Pig poo is the best by far, but that needs to sit somewhere and age for a year before you use it, as it will kill your plants if it's fresh. But once it's aged, it's fantastic.

Ash must be wood ash. Not from charcoal briquettes you buy at store. Don't use ash from charcoal briquettes such as Kingsford.

 

Wood ash also adds potassium into the compost so its a good thing.

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Ash must be wood ash. Not from charcoal briquettes you buy at store. Don't use ash from charcoal briquettes such as Kingsford.

 

Wood ash also adds potassium into the compost so its a good thing.

 

Thanks for the wood ash tip: I'm about to burn some garden debris and I'm glad to know it's beneficial in the garden. The timing is perfect. I cleaned out the chicken house today, shoveling the girls’ droppings into the trench where I’m going to plant raspberries in the spring. I filled it up with waste and straw, then emptied some bags of good garden soil over it, raking it all down. Next, I'll add wood ash. By spring, it should all be pretty well composted and good for planting baby raspberry plants. I still have to edge the bed with bricks, and will add a little more soil before planting. Once the plants are in, I’ll mulch it with straw so the young shoots can come up through it, and to keep the weeds out. Hopefully, I’ll have raspberries this summer.

 

I’ve had the girls digging up one area in the yard to use as a strawberry bed, and they’ve done a pretty good job! Next time I clean out the chicken house, I’ll shovel it all into that area, add soil and ashes, let it compost, and plant strawberries in it. When finished, I’ll have blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries surrounding the coop, with a plum tree out back.

 

Chickens are a gardener's best friend.


Edited by 7 Biddies - 12/2/12 at 1:17pm

Owned by 2 grown offspring, 3 spoiled cats, and 7 (correction: 14; chicken math, ya know) silly biddies who fill my basket with gorgeous multicolored eggs.

 

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Owned by 2 grown offspring, 3 spoiled cats, and 7 (correction: 14; chicken math, ya know) silly biddies who fill my basket with gorgeous multicolored eggs.

 

Here, every night is Ladies' Night:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/lazy-womans-automatic-self-operating-chicken-coop

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post #8 of 10

In hot humid climates the compost seems to break down very fast. I am in NE FL and I have compost break down in 3 mos during the summer months. Usually it is about 6 mos the rest of the year. I mostly use the chicken compost for my flower beds. The plants really like it and go crazy (see my Flower&Garden photo album http://www.backyardchickens.com/g/a/6318301/flowers-garden/  ).  I have a vermi-compost set up under my rabbit cages that I use for the edible gardens and in flower pots. 

Specializing in Solid Black and Blue Marans also have: Wheaten,Golden Cuckoo, Blue/Blk Copper,barred BTB, BTB, blue/blk birchen Marans.  Lavender, white, buff, chocolate, black Orps, Silkies, Key West aka Gypsy chickens, Ameraucanas, Muscovies, Sebastapol Geese, Guineas,Gobblers, Parrots. 

~Sorry not selling eggs or chicks at this time~

 

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Specializing in Solid Black and Blue Marans also have: Wheaten,Golden Cuckoo, Blue/Blk Copper,barred BTB, BTB, blue/blk birchen Marans.  Lavender, white, buff, chocolate, black Orps, Silkies, Key West aka Gypsy chickens, Ameraucanas, Muscovies, Sebastapol Geese, Guineas,Gobblers, Parrots. 

~Sorry not selling eggs or chicks at this time~

 

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post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Fred's Hens View Post

We market garden and once the harvest is finished in late September, the manure gets spread directly unto the fields.  We continue to spread all fall and winter, right from the chicken pens, directly to the soil.  Once March comes, all applications of fresh manure must cease.  The issue is pathogens.  This is a serious concern.

 

During the the April thru September growing season, the manure is stockpiled, awaiting final harvest, then it too is spread and the cycle repeats itself.

 

Yes, manure can be "hot" for some plants, but pathogen safety needs to be of primary concern.

Thank you for posting that information.  I have been applying scooped up chicken poo straight to my garden all fall and winter but didn't know which month to stop.

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 I let my sit for 6 months then spread it in garden beds.Turned out nice.Plants did fine with it used a mulch......

 

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