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fertilizer??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Tanya, May 25, 2007.

  1. Tanya

    Tanya New Egg

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    my husband, who wastes NOTHING, was wondering if our chicken droppings would make good fertilizer and if so, for any specific plants?( any info GREATLY appreciated, as I DON'T want him to start experimenting!!)
     
  2. merryreader

    merryreader Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a compost pile. This spring I put all the cleanings from the past years hen house on my blueberries and rhubarb. It's not completly composted, but it adds mulch around the plants w/o burning them. Now for next year,or next fall, I have another pile started. Merry
     
  3. chickedeefarm

    chickedeefarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I also throw it in the compost pile and use it on my fruit trees. It is excellent fertilizer. The egg shells are great too. I dry them in the sun and spread them around the plants. It is supposed to kill snails. When they crawl over them it slices their skin like glass so they don't go over them. It is great if you have a snail problem.[​IMG]
     
  4. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    It's great. you just can't use it "fresh" it will burn and kill your plants. compost it and then use it.
     
  5. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Tanya, glad to hear you have a responsible husband. If everyone was frugal like him, waste would be a no-problem for everyone.

    It is one of the best fertilizers you can use.

    I make sure it is at least 3 months old to avoid burning the plants. March 1st is the cutoff date for me applying directly to the garden before planting.

    I have a large circle fence that I place my chicken poo in all summer long for next year's use.

    In the spring before planting it is all spread on the gardens without any smell, but still nutritous for all my gardens, and we grow everything needed for a full year and beyond.

    bigzio
     
  6. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup!
     
  7. domromer

    domromer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    will using a chicken tractor burn the grass due to the fresh poop?
     
  8. barg

    barg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2007
    Quote:If you know anything about blueberries help me, Please!!
    I transplanted mine when we moved about 6years ago and since then they have been nothing more then a couple twigs with leaves and they get about 3 blueberries each per year.
    Know anyway to get them bushy again?
    Back on track
    Were planning to use our 2 plastic compost bins, if anyne wants to comment on that, they are about 3 feet high , a bit larger around then garbage cans, with holes in the sides and lid.
    Our four chickens arnt even out in the coop yet , so im not sure how well it will work, we will see.
    Quote:Oh I hope so!
    Die crab grass die! hahaha
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2007
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Quote:A tractor left in one place too long will kill the grass due to poo but mostly due to the chickens scratching everything up.
     
  10. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    barg-try going to www.watersblueberryfarm.com I purchased two plants from them and they are so extremely helpful in answering questions. I have not moved mine but I followed their planting instructions to a tee and so far they have survived a major ice storm we had here plus a very late, very hard freeze the first of April.
     

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