Composting with Chicken Manure

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Jes, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. Jes

    Jes Hatching

    Apr 4, 2008
    I would like some advice about composting with chicken manure. What type of composting system works well? Can I let me chickens run in my garden before I plant stuff or will their droppings be too harsh?

    Thanks for any advice.
  2. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

    Jun 8, 2007
    Kitsap County, WA
    I tend to go with the lazy method -- make a pile, stir it around every once in a while, keep it moist but not damp, etc. I have found that with regular turning that poultry manure mixed with straw (as in used bedding) goes really fast. It has the right ratio of nitrogen to carbon.

    That said, use whatever method of composting makes the most sense to you. If you have a lot of chicken waste, I imagine a composting bin might get awkward unless it is large enough.

    I've heard it is best to apply the manure when it is at least partially composted, but I have never had any problems with direct application in small amounts.
  3. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    Raymond, Mississippi

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