Chicken Poop and the garden

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by queenchick16, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. queenchick16

    queenchick16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2012
    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
  2. We spread the cleanings from the chicken house onto the gardens and plow them under in the spring before planting. So I would think you would be ok.
  3. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2008
    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.
  4. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    Right now I am tossing my poo bedding right into garden beds.The chickens scratch around in it,and by spring I can push aside my *mulch* and plant. In the summer I pile the bedding in one area to rot. I only put rabbit or guinea pig poo straight into gardens while growing stuff.
  5. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2010
    north of eternity
    Yeah, chicken poo is hot and will burn, so I would let it age before using it. You can plant directly into fresh rabbit berries without any worries, though. [​IMG]
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    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:
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2012
  7. queenchick16

    queenchick16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2012
    Thanks everyone for your help. Bring on the Spring
  8. TheBlueMax

    TheBlueMax Out Of The Brooder

    May 14, 2012
    Whew....I just cleand out my coop where I use pine shavings & food grade diatomaceous earth employing the "deep nesting method" and poured a 5 gallon bucket full on each of my 4'X4' raised veggie beds turning it into the soil. Hopefully in WA state it is not too it?! BOCK!!
  9. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    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.

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