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chickens in the garden

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by freerange, Mar 17, 2007.

  1. freerange

    freerange New Egg

    Mar 17, 2007
    If the chickens are left to free range in a garden plot would it be o.k to plant and use the vegis and fruit growen the following year? or should chicken manure be composted before it is applied to a garden?
  2. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    Quote:Our chickens visit our garden to dust bathe and when I’m turning the soil they fight over the worms. Since they have a large area to free range there is not a heavy concentration of chicken droppings in the garden and I’m constantly turning the soil until I plant in April when I do I will close the gate to the garden.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I wouldn't worry about closing the gate until the day you plant. Free range visit poo will be just fine for the plants as the concentration is very low.

    Here is basically what I do for the chicken/garden thing.

    To the main garden, I relocate a few wheel barrow loads of fresh poo and spread it around and till it in during spring break(march). Then in late april-may, I plant it with the veggies and they do great.

    My chickens are in portable coops so at the end of winter, I move their coups to a new location and where the coup was, I just dig little holes and pop in a started zucchini plant. About 9 per coup area.

    Then, the following season, I take where the zucchinis were, and plant corn instead. I find the zucchini's do well in fresh stuff and the layers upon layers of straw keep the weeds down. And the corn which sucks up nutrients do better in more aged soil.

    Chickens do wonders for amending the soil.
  4. freerange

    freerange New Egg

    Mar 17, 2007
    Thank-you for the good info, there are so many good topics .[​IMG]

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