Can I compost chicken poop with bedding?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by french amebas, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. french amebas

    french amebas Hatching

    Jun 15, 2008
    I am really new to chickens, I have never had chickens at all. I was wondering if I could compost chicken poop with the bedding. If I can is there anything I have to do to it before I give it to my plants?
  2. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    We till it into the soil before planting. If it is old chicken poo and bedding then it has had time to "ferment" and will be fine. I only use what I take out of my coop on all my gardening projects...nothing store bought...and my plants are huge! Flowers are gorgeous. If the chicken bedding is real fresh then let it set in a pile somewhere for a month or two before using it directly on plants. I love it.
  3. Mattake2

    Mattake2 In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2008
    You'd be very smart to!

    I rake mine around about once a week to absorb the poo & leftovers better. Take it out & add new bedding whenever the stench mandates so then either add it to your garden or I add it to my compost pile. By adding it to your compost pile, it can ferment more & take on more food scraps etc.

    Best of Luck!
  4. Nugget

    Nugget Songster

    Sep 2, 2007
    Do you guys find you have things growing that you didn't plant? Does the bedding not hold spilled grains in it? Just wondering, I tried it and have had a weeding job on my hands in my veggie garden this year.
  5. french amebas

    french amebas Hatching

    Jun 15, 2008
    Thank you guys I am probably going to get chickens at the end of summer around August. Is that ok for the chickens?
  6. janetk

    janetk In the Brooder

    May 3, 2009
    I read somewhere that the wood shavings weren't good for your garden. That's what I use for my chicken bedding. Will the shavings break down and not harm the plants?

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