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  1. Alleychick

    Alleychick Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    Northern Indiana
    Can I put my litter on my garden this fall after all of it is tilled up for next spring? Or will it still be to hot?? Im planning on plowing it this fall and then tilling it next spring.
  2. Seattle Garden Girl

    Seattle Garden Girl Hatching

    Sep 12, 2008
    Is your litter wood chip-based? I raise guinea pigs as well as chickens, and used the pine shavings from the guinea pigs (not hot) for winter mulch. The only problem was that the shavings take so long to break down, I'm still finding them in the garden, over a year later. Sorry this doesn't address your direct question about the manure heat issue, but I just thought I'd mention it.
  3. Alleychick

    Alleychick Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    Northern Indiana
    It is a wood chip base and stall dri.
  4. Chicken Boo

    Chicken Boo Songster

    Jul 16, 2008
    Glenn Dale, MD
    From what I have read, chicken manure is REALLY high in nitrogen, enough to burn you plants if applied directly. It needs to be composted. I put mine (manure and litter) in the composter until it looks like dirt. However, plowing it in for the winter may have the same effect if the ground is warm enough and the worms are active. You will have to contemplate your conditions.

    I do know that my garden just LOVES my compost.

    Good Luck!
  5. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Can you tell me -- what is Stall-Dri made from?
  6. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas

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