Chicken/rabbit Manure question...where do u put it after clean up????

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by tobin123, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. tobin123

    tobin123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2009

    I was just wondering if I am the only one doing this????After I clean out the chicken coops and under all the rabbit cages I will fill up the wheel barrel and then spread it it the big flower beds.I have did this for years now and so far my hostas are HUGE and the flowers are blooming,SO what all do you do with you piles.SHARE,don't be shy.ANother reason is our electrin meter guy walks through pur flower bed instead of going around the garage so maybe he might get the hint that it is a flower bed not a walk way.HAHAHA:lol:
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    ANother reason is our electrin meter guy walks through pur flower bed instead of going around the garage so maybe he might get the hint that it is a flower bed not a walk way.HAHAHA:lol:

    That's funny. [​IMG]

    I think most people compost the poop or throw it away.

  3. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    I take everything I rake from my chicken and goat pens and dump it around my plants as mulch. My chickens and goats waste a lot of hay and straw playing in it, and once it is all over the ground, they do not want it anymore, so it keeps my plants happy instead. Plus I think of the dried out poop pellets as time release fertilizer capsules.
  4. fargosmom

    fargosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Pasadena, CA
    I thought it was too strong to use straight on plants? Thought it had to be composted and aged first. . . I've been putting what I get out of the henhouse (shavings and dried poo) in the compost for later use, and the fresh poo that I rake out of the run gets bagged and put in the trash (with the dog poo). I collect too much poo in one week to really be able to use it all in my own garden. But could I be putting it straight under the plants? Please enlighten me!
  5. cheri222

    cheri222 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2010
    Erie PA
    My dad told me chicken poo is too hot for over a year to use, that it will burn my plants. But If I can use it now--great. I don't have much yet(5 3 1/2 wk olds) but I have been putting it in the compost bins. I was also worried that the dogs will try to eat it. One tends to be a poo eater. Tried the meds but every year he just goes through this thing. Nothing worse than dog poo breath.
  6. tri-5-ron

    tri-5-ron Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2010
    Orange County
    When I was a kid, Mr. Metzger, the man who taught me all about the outdoors, animals, hunting, gardening, and all things earthly,...
    had a large aviary with chickens, pheasants, quail, etc. (yes they were seperated).

    We always collected the bird droppings and spread them in the veggie garden, and rows of strawberries.
    He taught us that the droppings were perfectly fine to go directly onto/into the dirt, but it was too strong to be allowed to sit on the plants leaves.
    It would burn the leaves if allowed to stay.
    So we always sprinkled to poo over the plants, and then immediately sprayed down all the plants to wash off the poo from the leaves.

    He also had a small, raised, (above ground, concrete), fish pond at one end of the strawberry rows.
    It had lots of bluegill, crappie, some big goldfish, and minnows.
    Every month or so, we would use a old broom to stir up all the fish poo in the pond water, and scrub the walls of the pond to dislodge any algae growth.
    The water would look just like split pea soup.
    then we would open the drainline to the pond, and flood the strawberry rows.

    Mr. Metzger always had the most, biggest, brightest, sweetest, juiciest, strawberries, and best veggies you had ever tasted.
    man, I really miss those days, and I miss him very much.
    My chicken coop/pen is built in his honor and loving memory.

    May you all have as fine of strawberries, as Mr. Metzger always had.
  7. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    I put rabbit poo and chicken poo either on my garden beds or in the compost pile to help heat it up. Since I started using the poo, my trees have a lot more leaves and are darker green. This is our first year; am really looking forward to what it can do for the garden in years to come. [​IMG]
  8. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2009
    Wisconsin Northwoods
    tri-5-ron.. I enjoyed your story very much... I can taste the strawberries....[​IMG]

    OK Poop.

    I feel a little fresh on things you are not going to eat is OK. As long as it is spread thin... (Think pizza toppings...)
    Yes fresh can be a good way to keep the meter guy out too.....[​IMG]

    For things you are going to eat composted is safer for the plants and you. Time is really not the factor. Cold composting takes a long time, hot composting with lots of pile turning can be good to go in a month or two.

    How do you tell when your compost is done?????
    Smell it!
    Good compost smells good... (Like fresh dirt in the forest.)

  9. Comet Mum

    Comet Mum Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 29, 2008
    Oxford, NC
    I am a Food Safety consultant for farms and it is not considered a Good Agricultural Practice to use RAW manure from any source on your food plants. Raw manure can contain salmonella, e. coli, and other pathogens which can actually be absorbed by the plant roots into the edible portion of the fruit/vegetable, making it impossible to wash off! [​IMG]

    I compost my chicken manure with other compost materials and use it on my plants once it reaches that good "earthy" smell / appearance. If you minimize the pine shavings in the compost heap, the compost will be "done" sooner. I also understand that chicken manure is too "hot" to use directly; but since I compost it, I don't have any personal experience.

    For safety's sake, please compost.
  10. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    My little hobby farm became a certified poultry facility this year. To comply with Michigan's "generally acceptable agricultural management practices," we were required to show a covered compost area. I agree with CometMum, fresh poo on food plants is yucky and dangerous. Remember the big Taco Bell food poisoning scare a year or so ago? That was traced to waste materials in a lettuce fiels.

    A compost bin is not hard to arrange. My first bin was just 4 metal fence posts wrapped with 4 ft. chicken wire.

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