Chicken Manure as Fertilizer

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ChickensXOXO, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. ChickensXOXO

    ChickensXOXO Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2011
    The Carolinas
    First off, I wasn't sure what section this topic would fall under, so forgive me if I'm in the wrong section!

    Now, we garden and such, and I'm wondering about how to use chicken manure as fertilizer -- in a way that won't harm the plants.

    Like now, I'd like to use it for blueberry bushes. How close can you put it from the bush without hurting it?

    Later, I would like to use it in the garden. So any advice would be helpful.

  2. chicklover16

    chicklover16 queen of flirts

    Jun 3, 2011
    Em's Dungeon
    Usually chicken manure is too hot to put directly in the ground. stick the manure in a garbage back and let it decompose for a couple of months before using it.
  3. G-Man

    G-Man Chillin' With My Peeps

    That’s funny I just had this conversation with my Dad.
    He worked on a chicken ranch when he was a young man. One of his responsibilities was to clean up the hen houses and tend to the compost piles.
    He was also instructed to make a “tea” with some of the manure.
    He would shovel the manure into an old burlap potato sack with a big rock to weigh it down. Then he would place these sacks in large drums or garbage cans filled with water. After about a month or so they used it as a liquid fertilizer for the vegetable gardens and it didn't burn the plants.

    I know I’m going to try it!
  4. MargaretAnneHK

    MargaretAnneHK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2012
    Yeah, the fresh is too much, it has to age/decompose a while. I have used it every year for my garden with great results though.
  5. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 28, 2008

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