Chicken poop in the garden?

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by dadsdeercamp, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. dadsdeercamp

    dadsdeercamp Say goodnight gracie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Mora MN.
    Can I till my spring clean out from the coop straight in my garden or do i need to compost it first
  2. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    If you have anything growing in your garden, then do not put the chicken manure directly on the garden (it's too hot).
    If the garden is not going to be used for a few months, you can put the manure on it and till it into the soil and allow it to compost.
  3. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    Better to let it sit for a while in a pile.It is *hot* unlike rabbit poop that can go direct.I have put chicken poo and pine shavings directly on beds with rose of sharon.They survived.Hope the weeds don't!
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Depends on how soon you're going to plant. If you put it on now, and don't plant until late May? You'd be golden.

    Safety is a bigger factor than burning. Normally, the guidelines direct to cease application of manure 30 days before planting and no close than 90 days before harvesting.

    I've got a lot of manure in the coop, from deep litter, and lots in the brooders and grow out pens that will be put on the garden before April 15th. We do follow the safety guidelines as we are do market gardening.
  5. TheChickMan

    TheChickMan Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 12, 2012
    it depends. i shoveled some chicken poop right out of my coop last week on top of 6'' of snow so i could see where it was going. then when it melted off its now sitting on drying out dirt. i plan on tilling it right into the soil in the next 3 weeks and planting sweet corn right there. but on the other half of my garden i just applied some 12-12-12 fertilzer. because im planting radishes and lettuce there. it just depends on what you are planting, since the corn grows off the ground i dont worry as much about it.

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