Dirt/Compost from chicken run?

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  1. AmberKnits

    AmberKnits Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After a few seasons of blight and powdery mildew I built 9 raised beds in my vegetable garden last year. The beds need to be topped off with more soil this year. Would it be a good idea to shovel some dirt from the chicken run? Last year we had mulch in the run (the free kind from a tree service), and it's pretty much broken down. I've been tossing bedding from the coop out all winter as well.
    If it's not a good idea....what should I add to the beds this year? I'd prefer free options...I had to buy a dump truck of dirt last year.
     
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mulch from the chicken run would work, any fresh poo would be hot.
     
  3. AmberKnits

    AmberKnits Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, I suppose I would just try to avoid shoveling the fresh poo. I wanted to get this phase done soon, now that things have warmed up a bit, before I start filling the fun with all my yard waste and wood chips again.
     
  4. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Old dried up poop would be rich with nitrogen. Great for growing foliage in the early stages of growth.
     
  5. AmberKnits

    AmberKnits Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good to know! I certainly have plenty of varieties of poop around here.
     
  6. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have rabbits? If so there poo is ok to use fresh and its amazing.
     
  7. AmberKnits

    AmberKnits Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We do have rabbits :)
    I put some rabbit poo on the beds last fall, when I was closing down for the winter. I've been throwing it in the compost heap all winter. I've been a bit nervous to just throw it on the beds, I don't know why...I've read that its fine to do. I'll toughen up this year.
     
  8. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also throw mine in the compost pile. The worms eat it and turn it in to soil.
     
  9. AmberKnits

    AmberKnits Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I throw pretty much anything I can in the compost pile.
     
  10. drewskimac

    drewskimac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a bunny that makes lots of poop. I've been wondering, what about when the poop is saturated in urine? That would be too hot wouldn't it?
     

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