Cleaning the coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by wally4232, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. wally4232

    wally4232 Hatching

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    Hi new here and planning on my first coop this spring! Have been browsing here now for several weeks and love it! My question is if I use the DLM what do I do with the shavings when I do clean the coop out. I live in a rural area with about two acres right now, just so you know my situation.

    Thanks,
    Eric
     
  2. chickflick

    chickflick Crowing

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    Do you have a compost pile? Or spread it in your garden...good stuff.
     
  3. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

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    During the winter I spread them around the plants,
    fruit trees and in my gardens where I will turn the soil with my chickens help.
     
  4. wally4232

    wally4232 Hatching

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    I do not have a compost pile yet buy that is on the list. Can I rototill the pine shavings into my garden as well?
     
  5. pattycake

    pattycake Songster

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    Quote:I've heard -- don't quote me on this -- that putting wood shavings or sawdust into the soil isn't a good idea, because it uses so much nitrogen to decompose that the plants get deprived. It's better, apparently, to compost it first.

    I have an old garden plot I don't plan on using next year, so I'm throwing *everything* into it for now. Hopefully, by the time I get around to planting it all the stuff will have composted nicely.
     
  6. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    From what I understand, tilling it in does take nitrogen from the soil to break it down, but spreading it on the top of the soil makes it act like a mulch and it will break down without robbing the soil of nitrogen. So thats what I do.
     

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